Zoar Valley Adventure

Getting ready for our hike.

We couldn’t have asked for a better day for hiking on Saturday.  The temperature was in the mid 80’s and the sun was shining brightly in the sky.  Thankfully most of the trails at Valentine Flats at Zoar Valley are in the woods keeping it cooler for us as we traversed the trails.  We arrived about 11am and already a few others were parked in the lot so we figured there would be others on our travels.

We hit the trails and first place that we visited was a magnificent overlook called Point Peter , a great place to get an exceptional view of much of the Zoar Valley area.

View from Point Peter

After enjoying the breathtaking view from Point Peter, we meandered along the trail until we reached the “Valentine Pyramid”, which is a very big hill, that is a very steep climb but if you can climb it and make it to the top you will be rewarded with the best view of Zoar Valley that there is.

Gloria & Alan descending Valentine Pyramid

Gloria, the leader of this hike had always wanted to make it to the top of the Valentine Pyramid and today along with 4 other members of The Buffalo Hiking Group, she finally accomplished this long awaited feat of strength and endurance!  Way to go Gloria, Alan, Rainee and Gary!

The water was refreshing!

With the members making their final descent  back to the trail, we continued on winding down the trails until we reached the bottom and we treated to a much needed swim in the river!  The water was very refreshing so we stayed for about an hour or so and enjoyed nature’s wonderful gift of water.  After a while we got out and ate some lunch on the river bed and soaked up the rays!

Cheryl enjoying some blueberries!

Josh relaxing on the River Bed

After exploring the area a bit more we decided to head back to the cars as it was getting later in the day.  On the way back we met a hiking club from Ohio that had about 30 members drive up from their home state to check out the great place to hike.  They said they really love the area and that they can’t wait to come back again and see what else Western New York has to offer for hiking.

All in all it was a great day and we were all pretty exhausted by the time we got home that evening.  Keep posted because we will be venturing out to this great area again soon!

 

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