We need Volunteer Gorge Guides!
River gorge guides are volunteers who take interested individuals or groups on walking tours of the Maplewood section of the Genesee Riverway Trail System, beginning at the steps leading down to the trail at Maplewood Park, following the paved path south under the Driving Park Bridge to Lower Falls Park, and ending at RG&E Hydro Station #5 and Middle Falls Crossing.
Along the way, guides talk about the history of the area beginning with Native American and early settlements including Carthage and McCrackenville, and through industrial development leading up to the present age. They point out the natural beauty of the lower falls of the Genesee River, the sites of former landmarks such as the Glen House and the Driving Park Racetrack, including various ruins that are still visible; the park designed by famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmstead; and some of the neighborhood mansions that are outstanding examples of late 19th century, early 20th century architecture.
Tour participants are encouraged to ask questions and add any information they may have. Tours generally take place during the annual Rose Festival in June and River Romance weekend in October; private tours are available throughout the year upon request. They take approximately 45 minutes to an hour and are free.
New volunteer gorge guides are always welcome, and training, scripts, and illustrations are provided to enhance the tour. For further information and volunteer opportunities contact Enrica Fleming.