Recreation Area Trails & Disc Golf Course
Pittsford Recreation Area Trails
Approximate Length: Red Trail – 0.3 mi., Orange Trail – 0.52 mi., Yellow Trail – 0.25 mi., Blue Trail – 0.65 mi., White Trail – 0.3 mi.
Parking/Trailhead: Primary trailheads are accessible off of Furnace Road through the main gate of the Recreation Area, behind the Pittsford Congregational Church on the Town Green, and behind the Municipal Offices on Plains Road.
Difficulty: Walking is easy to moderate with short sections that are moderately steep on the Blue and Orange trails.
Description: Trails cut through woodlands, open meadows, and pine groves. Sections of the Orange trail follow along the Sugar Hollow Brook. Also home to the Pittsford Disc Golf Course.
Disc Golf Course
After over a year of planning, pruning and putting in hundreds of hours of volunteer labor, the FREE Pittsford Disc Golf Course at the Recreation Area is open with 18 holes of play. Disc golf is a popular recreational activity for all ages enjoyed all over the world. There are over 2000 courses in the U.S., but only a handful in Vermont. Disc golf is played much like traditional golf but uses a disc (frisbee) thrown at a target. This is basically a pole with “catching chains” hanging above a basket. Each hole varies in difficulty and is given a “par” ranking of 3 to 5. (How many throws the average player should need to reach the goal.) The game is an inexpensive physical activity for the entire family which is easy to learn, yet takes a lifetime to master. It is a low impact activity that involves a good amount of walking and offers both upper and lower body conditioning. There is a beginner and advanced tee location on each hole to challenge any ability level. Mostly it’s FUN!!
Rules of Play
- Tee throws must be completed within or behind the designated tee area. Do not throw until players in front of you are out of range.
- After teeing off, the player with the disc farthest from the hole throws first.
- Fairway throws must be made with the foot closest to the hole on the lie. A run up and follow-through is allowed.
- A disc that comes to rest in the basket or chains constitutes successful completion of that hole.
- Any disc that comes to rest above the ground is considered an unplayable lie. The disc must be thrown from underneath the unpayable lie and relocated to avoid damage to the vegetation.
- Please pick up trash and help new players play by the rules. You are the ones that make it work. PLEASE DON’T RUN ON THE COURSE!
A GIANT Thank You! goes to the following people who sponsored at least one hole: GE Volunteers, Pittsford Lions Club, OMYA, anonymous, Joe and Laurie Kamuda, Bob and Jane Welch, Lothrop PTO, Jill Paul, Jim and Ann Rademacher, LaValley Building Supply, The Douglas Dier Family, John O’Keefe, Larry and Susan Paul, Green Mountain Rock Climbing Center, Bonnie and Jamie Stewart, Dan and Eileen Shea, Hirschmann LTD, Tony and Monica Freson, and Terry and Myra Poor.
We would also like to thank the following contributors: Don and Shirlee Nickless, Ken and Sandra Gagnon, Kathy Brown, Telemark Ski Club, Bob and Breda Harnish, and The New England Maple Museum.
Also, equally important, this course would not have been possible without the hard work of a large number of volunteers who spent close to 500 hours of evenings and weekends clearing fairways.