Park Profile: Black Creek Park

3835 Union Street, North Chili, New York 14514.
Park Map | Trail Map

A 1,505 Acre Park Featuring:

  • Biking
  • Birdwatching
  • Cross-Country Skiing (non-groomed)
  • Fishing
  • Geo-caching (approximately 24 caches)
  • Hiking/Running Trails
  • Horseback Riding
  • Kayaking/Canoeing
  • Lodges/Shelter for Rent
  • Playground
  • Sledding
  • Soccer
  • Access to creek and pond
  • Bathrooms available for general use


The Ridge Trail is a 1.4 (one-way) mile walk over gently rolling terrain filled with honeysuckle, autumn olive, and many other beautiful shrubs. While on the trail look for the trees from Green’s Nursery, which was in existence 100 years ago.

The Creek Trail is a 3.1 (one-way) mile walk that passes alongside a beautiful little pond, which is the seasonal home to many geese and ducks. This trail also takes you through fields of honeysuckle, dogwood, and many other types of greenery.

The Hickory Trail is a 1.4-mile walk over flat terrain which is full of multi-flora rose and dogwood shrubs. Many different birds can be seen in this area. The trail ends in Maple and Hickory woods which has an impressive collection of shagbark hickory trees.

The Bluebird Trail is a 1.2-mile walk that winds among honeysuckle, hawthorn, and dogwood shrubs. This walk is good for bird watchers all year round.

The Wetland Trail is a 2.1 (one-way) mile walk that is dotted with wildflowers that attract butterflies. This trail also has many unique plants and trees that change with the seasons.

Get this Gear: Sawyer Mini Water Filter

Remember when the iPhone was first released?  Almost immediately your Blackberry or flip phone became painfully obsolete.  The award-winning Sawyer Mini Water Filter is like an iPhone and your current water filter is like that flip phone your grampa uses.


At $21.17 at Amazon, the Sawyer Mini Water Filter is one of the most inexpensive filtering options.  In addition, with proper maintenance, the filter is rated up to 100,000 gallons or $.0002 per gallon!


Removes 99.99999% of all bacteria, such as salmonella, cholera, and E.coli; removes 99.9999% of all protozoa, such as giardia and cryptosporidium.


The Sawyer Mini weighs in at 2oz and fits in the palm of your hand.  There is no reason to not throw this in your pack.


The Sawyer Mini Water Filter can be used to filter water in 4 different ways.

  1. Filtered into your water bottle
  2. Drink out of a container using the included straw
  3. Screw the filter onto a water or soda bottle with a standard screw top
  4. Attach inline to a hydration pack


To prolong the life and effectiveness of the Sawyer Mini Water Filter, it is recommended to backwash the filter after each outing.  Backwashing is simply the forcing of clean water the opposite direction through the filter.  A water syringe is included and should backwashing should be repeated until the water coming through the filter in reverse is clean and clear.

Sawyer recommends cleaning and backfilling the filter with a solution of 1 liter clean water and 1 cap full of bleach before storage.


  • Sawyer Mini water filter with tip cap
  • 16-ounce reusable squeeze pouch
  • 7-inch drinking straw
  • Cleaning plunger (syringe)


Sawyer Products Squeezable Pouch for Sawyer Point One and Mini Squeeze Water Filters – 3 Additional 16oz squeezable water pouches

Evernew Water Carry Hydration Pack 2 Liter – A larger squeezable pouch that fits perfectly into the Sawyer Mini threads.


Sawyer Mini has a big brother called the Sawyer Squeeze.

selective focus photo of red hiking backpack on green grass

Why Survival of the Gear?

Being outdoors brings out the best in me — and it always has. From the time I was very young, it’s been the same: if it’s outside, you can count me in and count on me being interested and invested.

When I was a kid, it was climbing trees, exploring, and starting my own “state park” on my parents’ property. In college, my interests gravitated toward mountaineering, hiking, kayaking, and cycling.  As my outdoor pursuits expanded and evolved, so did my education and experience in adventure sports.  

And then life happened. I had a daughter. My responsibilities became more demanding. Before I knew it, mountain summits and backcountry magic were replaced with takeout, TV, bedtime routines, and boredom. Many aspects of my life —child, job, family— were incredibly rewarding, but there was definitely something missing. And I couldn’t ignore it. I also couldn’t ignore the fact that as the amount of time I dedicated to adventure had decreased, my physical fitness had also suffered. 

Now that my little girl is getting older, I’ve been able to rekindle my love for adventure — both with and without her. 

I’ve realized that the benefits of living an adventurous life extend far beyond my own personal physical fitness. Rekindling my love of the outdoors has helped me better manage stress, improve my focus, reconnect with friends, meet new people, expand my awareness of the world around me, and become a better leader.   

The only thing that makes me happier than being outside, is sharing my passion for the outdoors with others. I started helping my friends and family plan adventures tailored to their interests and experience levels and it was so rewarding I wanted to keep doing it and make it my life’s work. So, whether you’re looking to have post-hike craft beers at a local brewery, go cabin camping in Letchworth, or climb your first or 46th high peak — I want to help you create an experience you won’t forget.

Regular Outdoor Activities: 

  • Hiking
  • Backpacking
  • Mountaineering
  • Kayaking
  • Ice climbing
  • Geocaching
  • Disc golf
  • Cycling 

More Notable Outdoor Accomplishments: 

  • Mt Rainier (2015)
  • Mt Mitchell (2008)
  • Numerous Adirondack mountains / aspiring 46er