Franklin Gulf Hike – 1/27/18

Five hardy hikers savored spring-like conditions in late January to explore the scenic ravines and enchanting waterfalls at Franklin Gulf County Park. Located near Eden, Franklin Gulf is one of WNY most notable gems, and offers a refreshing wilderness experience for every season. Hiking poles are always recommended for the ups and downs here, and though planned as a snowshoe hike, micro-spikes were ideal for the icy patches and atypical weather we experienced. Old growth trees are a special treat in this unlogged area that was previously owned by John D Larkin, founder of the Larkin Soap Company in Buffalo. The remains of the Larkin cabin foundation provided a fun point of interest along the gorge rim trail. This park has a network of several frequently-used, color-coded trails, and is a year-round joy. Look forward to snowshoeing here when winter returns, followed by hiking among beautiful wildflowers in the spring.

— Submitted by Janet and David Kowalski