The newest trail in Victor, Helen’s Way, covers more than two miles of forest with some section of meadowland beginning at Village on the Park. Don’t worry about the sound of Thruway traffic when you start out at the parking lot off Rainbow Run. We lost the roar of traffic soon enough and heard only bird songs and rustling trees.
This beautiful trail blazed in red loops through 93 acres owned by Paul Bishop, who named Helen’s Way in honor of his late mother. According to Victor Hiking Trails, “Paul’s father died in 1961, leaving Helen to raise four children (all under the age of twelve) by herself. No easy task in that era, or any era. According to her kids, Helen was an outstanding parent, providing her kids with wonderful childhoods, an appreciation of, and a responsibility to, nature and the environment. The Golden Rule was THE rule. Paul decided that the most appropriate way to honor and celebrate his mother’s life was to provide to the Victor community the lessons he learned from his mother in the form of a beautiful, woodlands trail.”
Victor Hiking Trails will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony and guided hike at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 10. In case Rosie can’t make it (what with media engagements, photo shoots and such), she insisted we bring you this sneak peek along with hearty congratulations to all the volunteers who made this new trail possible.
For a map and more about Helen’s Way, visit: https://www.victorhikingtrails.org/map/trails/helens.php.
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