Take the Frostbite Challenge!
Let’s get kids outside walking, snowshoeing, or skiing this winter! Complete four miles along the beautiful Towpath Trail that runs beside the Mohawk River, from the Whipple Bridge Entrance to the Lock 7 Overlook. Both ends have small parking areas. There’s an additional parking lot midway, at the end of Ferry Drive. The four-mile challenge can be done in either direction, on one day, or in sections on different days.
Vischer Ferry General Store (357 Riverview Rd Rexford, NY) will offer a free cookie to kids under 14 years of age who complete the four-mile walk between January 1st to March 31st.
First, send an email to celikECOS@gmail.com to let ECOS know that you might be taking the challenge.
Then, to document completion, the child (or parent) should email two digital photos of themselves on the path, one near each end of the walk, with the child’s name and age to: celikECOS@gmail.com. If parents give permission to publish the names and/or photos of finishers on the ECOS website, Facebook page or newsletter, please state so with those two photos.
Stop in with masks and tell Vischer Ferry General Store (check online for store hours) that your child completed the Frostbite Challenge to enjoy a cookie!
For the Whipple Bridge entrance: A small parking pull-off area is available directly across from the intersection of Riverview Road and VanVranken Road.
For the Lock 7 Overlook entrance: A parking area can be found by going down the hill toward the Mohawk at the intersection of Riverview and Sugar Hill roads. A blue sign, “Vischer Ferry Power Plant” leads to the parking lot from Riverview Road.
Note: The Vischer Ferry Parking Lot at the end of Ferry Drive makes a good midpoint location along the trail for parking and walking the trail in sections. This central parking lot is near Vischer Ferry General Store.
Trail Map link: https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/viewer?mid=1eWQSDsaEz4cc2ZKxHDU22AxmXhga3oeZ&ll=42.80279888164605%2C-73.78720474999997&z=13