MAYVILLE – A new program to promote the ‘great outdoors’ has been launched in Chautauqua County.
In partnership with the Wegmans store in Ellicott, county leader launched a new program dubbed: The Discovering the Trails of Chautauqua County Hit the Trail Passport.
The ‘passports’ details three trail systems in Chautauqua County, the Overland Trails and Chautauqua Rails to Trails.
“We’ve all discovered a greater appreciation for our natural spaces, as many families are looking for safe and healthy activities during the pandemic,” said Ryan Salvo, Wegmans Store Manager in a statement. “Wegmans is proud to provide these pocket-sized passports to the community, and thank Chautauqua County Parks for its partnership with this initiative.”
The county features over 42 miles of trails and 20 plus miles of unused rail corridors.
Rails to Trails provides safe, attractive trails for non-motorized trail users; trails wind through wetlands, pine forests, hardwood forests, pastures and vineyards.
“We are very excited to be a part of this new adventure with Wegmans, Chautauqua County Parks, and Chautauqua County Rails to Trails,” explained Christine Schuyler, Public Health Director. “Getting out and enjoying our beautiful countryside is good for mental and physical health.”
The ‘passports’ can be obtained at the Customer Service Desk in Wegmans or online at the grocery store’s website.
Here is how it works: hit the trail with your passport; rub trail markers to record your visits right in your passport; drop off completed passports at the Chautauqua County Health Department, HRC Building, 7 North Erie Street, Mayville, for a chance to win prizes.
The trail maps are divided into segments. Residents can complete a trail over the course of multiple days or months and in any sequence, as long as you capture the distinctive seal for each trail segment in the frames indicated on the passport.
When you complete one of the three trails (in entirety), you will receive a reusable Wegmans shopping bag (bring your passport to the Chautauqua County Health Department for verification).
When you complete all three trails (in entirety, in a calendar year), enter your completed Chautauqua County Trail passport for a chance to win a $250 Wegmans Gift Card at the Chautauqua County Health Department by January 10 (of the following year).