Franklin Gulf County Park, NY • Hike
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Franklin Gulf County Park, NY

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Difficulty 2 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Multi-Loop 4.85 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,114 feet
Elevation Gain -260 feet
Accumulated Gain 768 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 3 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 8.69
Interest Perennial Waterfall & Perennial Creek
Backpack Possible - Not Popular
Dogs not allowed
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16  2022-09-20 Mike_W
author avatar Guides 25
Routes 40
Photos 1,643
Trips 177 map ( 1,006 miles )
Age 50 Male Gender
Location Tucson, AZ
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Preferred May, Sep, Oct, Jun → 9 AM
Seasons   Spring to Autumn
Sun  6:57am - 5:01pm
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a 3 hour tour without getting lost!
by Mike_W

Franklin Gulf Park, formerly known as Larkin Woods, is a 631-acre park containing forested areas, creeks, ravines, ledges, and waterfalls. There are about 10 distinct loops, all color-coded, but when combining them, there are hundreds of different possible routes that can be taken throughout the park.

This area won the Best of WNY (Western New York) award in 2015 for "Most Beautiful Under-The-Radar Park".

Some of the trails have some steeper grades which may be slippery at times. The trails are color-coded, marked well, and have sequential numbering along the way which can provide a rough estimation of how far you are along the trail.

Start at the trailhead on Larkin road. For a 4.85-mile loop see my route which involves all of the following trails: Orange, Pink, Yellow, Purple, Light Blue, Red, Blue, and back to Orange again. This route involves at least 3 creek crossings, a large wooden bridge, hiking down to a small waterfall, and finding a geocache called Genesis II (GC7CQ4A) (see that happened to be very close to the orange trail at the bottom of the ravine. I did a small amount of bushwhacking to get to the bottom of the ravine from the orange trail which was fairly easy. Then, I walked along the ravine to the geocache.
Depending on what your goals are you may decide to skip the small amount of bushwhacking shown on my route.

For a shorter hike, take the orange trail loop which is a 2.8-mile lasso loop. If you take the left branch, the numbers will count from 73 to 1. If you take the right branch, the numbers will count from 1 to 73. On the orange route, there should be at least 3 creek crossings.

For roughly a 2-mile hike, take either orange branch of the loop until you reach the blue trail and take the blue trail back to the parking area.

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2022-09-21 Mike_W
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

    Permit $$

    Paved - Car Okay

    To hike
    Note: This area is roughly a 35-minute drive from downtown Buffalo, New York.

    From the Buffalo area, take the Skyway (Route 5) South to Route 75. Take Route 75 South for 5 miles to Route 62 South. Take Route 62 South for 6 miles and turn left on Sandrock Drive. Take Sandrock Drive 2.6 miles then turn left on Larkin road. Continue on Larkin road for 0.8 miles. The trailhead will be on the right side.
    page created by Mike_W on Sep 21 2022 9:28 am

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