Hiking Trails

Dog and human friendly ‘Big Woods’ hike in Webster. Admire the winter beauty of the trail.

Rosie’s head was spinning. So many possible paths in Gosnell Big Woods Preserve in Webster. Thanks to Minnie, a fellow hunter whose people recommended this place, Rosie added another arrow to her quiver.

Paul and Carol Fetter said Minnie loves to walk around Big Woods and “gets excited for a short drive to her favorite ride”. The Fetters added that Minnie can often be seen at the park with four teenagers in her role as a conditioning coach. Just try to follow Minnie on foot or on cross-country skis with her long legs and stamina!

Sometimes Minnie extends her hike several miles to nearby parks; other times it does a quick loop around the perimeter. “She is especially thrilled when she encounters Great Danes on the trails as she admires them,” the dog’s parents added.

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Rosie approaches a bridge on a trail in Gosnell Big Woods Reserve.

A few more tidbits about this particularly photogenic dog (not more than you, Rosie!). She was adopted as a young pup from Lollypop Farm, the Humane Society of Greater Rochester. She started hitting the trails when she was just a few months old.

“She walks in all weathers, and especially likes to feel everything that happens in the park”, according to her relatives. “She often sees deer and rabbits and uses her hound songs to woo them to pose for a picture.”

You could say that Minnie and Rosie are loosely related, as hunting dogs. Minnie is thought to be a mix of Tree Coonhound and American Foxhound. Rosie is a redbone coonhound (also adopted from Lollypop Farm).

Julie and Rosie

Julie and Rosie

Gosnell Big Woods Preserve covers over 160 acres filled with old growth forest, open fields and a small meadow. The reserve dates back to 2006 and the donation of a conservation easement by Thomas and Georgia Gosnell. The creation of the reserve involved Genesee Land Trust, the Town of Webster and Trust for Public Land.

Find parking at 674 Vosburg Road, Webster, corner of Vosburg and Drumm Roads. Learn more at https://www.geneseelandtrust.org/public-spaces/gosnell-big-woods.

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About this feature:

This chronicle presents the hikes of Rosie the redbone dog and her companion, journalist Julie Sherwood. What’s your favorite dog-friendly trail in the Rochester and Finger Lakes areas? Send your photos and ideas to [email protected]

This article originally appeared on Rochester Democrat and Chronicle: A Hike in Gosnell Big Woods Preserve Fit for Dogs and People