SHERWOOD IN THE FOREST WITH ROSIE: A winter's day visit to Grimes Glen

NAPLES -- Grimes Glen dazzles on a snowy day. So dazzling we weren’t surprised to encounter a photography crew in the glen during a visit a couple weeks back. But don’t ask us any questions. Rosie wouldn’t pause long enough to inquire which glossy magazine they were with. That’s because the crew was so smitten with the natural scenery — a tripod carefully perched on the bank, laser focused on snowflakes — that Rosie received nary a glance. 

So she just stuck her nose in the frosty air and marched on.

We stop to watch the chilly waters of Grimes Glen on this January day.

Marched is an understatement. Rosie wanted to race through the glen but I felt a slow pace was the better part of valor. I kept us on the path above the rocky stream bed and below the gorge walls that rise a hundred feet or more overhead. 

We didn’t hike upstream far enough to see the first of two 60-foot waterfalls, which are about half a mile or more from the Grimes Glen park entrance. Too risky. But you don’t have to go far into the glen to experience the wonder of it all.

The rushing waters of Grimes Glen seen from the bridge over the stream in Naples.

From the parking lot at the entrance on Vine Street, there’s a kiosk where you can read about the history of this place formed by gushing meltwaters at the end of the last ice age.

Near the parking lot is an welcome sign and a kiosk with photos and information about the natural history of Grimes Glen in Naples.

Learn about the ancient “Naples Tree” from a history marker that tells of the discovery here in 1882 of a tree fossil that turned out to be more than 350 million years old. 

A historic sign marks the place where the oldest fossil tree was found in Grimes Glen in Naples.

A 40-foot-long walking bridge is sturdy, safe, and perfect for standing directly above the roaring waters, the sides of the bridge a colorful mural by artist Darryl Abraham. 

Rosie approaches the bridge over Grimes Glen in Naples.

Check out Grimes Glen, an Ontario County park and one of many preservation projects of the Finger Lakes Land Trust:

About this feature

Sherwood in the Forest with Rosie," appearing periodically in The Chronicle-Express, features the trail treks of Rosie the redbone hound and her companion, Daily Messenger reporter Julie Sherwood. Email or find Julie on Twitter: @MPN_JSherwood

Rosie looking sheepish on the bridge over Grimes Glen in Naples.