Harriet Hollister: Snow Above All

December 27, 2010 at 1:00 am 1 comment

When it’s winter-time and all you see is grass and mud, but you’re wishing for snow and skiing, head to Harriet Hollister State Recreation Area. While you’re there look for my favorite trail: “Caution Hill’, and if you’re very quiet while you ski through the woods, you might catch a snow snake asleep in a tree branch, soaking up the sun, or maybe just a hungry deer.

Harriet Hollister Wildlife

Looking for lunch

Open year-round, the recreation area offers panoramic views, including Honeoye Lake. Because of its location/elevation, this recreation area gets more snow than many parks in the area, making it a mecca for winter sports enthusiasts. Trails, ranging in difficulty from novice to expert, are constructed, maintained, and groomed by the Rochester Cross Country Ski Foundation. Cross-country skiing teams often use Spencer for practice, and recreational groups can often be seen on a winter outing.

Trail map

Trail Map

The park has one picnic pavilion, and offers hiking, cross-country skiing, and biking trails, and hunting. There are wide main trails to ski and skate on as well as lesser travelled wooded trails.

Named for the Rochester gardener, rose expert, and civic leader who donated the land, the Harriet Hollister Spencer Memorial Recreation Area is located on Canadice Hill on Canadice Hill Road in the southern part of the Town of Canadice in Ontario County.

Address:  1082 Route 36 South
Dansville, NY 14437

Map location for Harriet Holloster

Directions: From North and West of Rochester take 390 to Avon exit routes 5 & 20. Take 5&20 East to 15A South. Take 15A south to Hemlock to 20A East. Take 20A east the turn right on County road 37 just before you hit the village of Honeoye. Continue for about another five miles on county road 37. At fork in road bear left onto dirt road. Parking for park just ahead on left.


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