Trails at WellSpring
WellSpring is named for the gravity fed springs that supply the pond and the Inn with cold, clear, clean water. Some of the trails pass by these springs. If you feel ambitious, continue up Cardiac Hill, past the Energy Wheel, to reach the meadow. While walking the oval trail, the view of the hills surrounding Wellspring Retreat and Inn is spectacular.
The WAG Trail
Take advantage of the Wag Trail (Wellsville, Addison, Galeton rails-to- trail) during your stay at Wellspring Retreat & Inn. This 7 mile trail is only a short distance from the Inn. You may walk, bike, run or cross-country ski along the Genesee River. Go North four miles and you will be in Wellsville’s Island Park and if you go South 3 miles, you will be at the edge of Pennsylvania.
WAG Trail History
The WAG Railroad was originally part of the Buffalo and Susquehanna Railroad system, which at its peak extended from Buffalo, NY to Sagamore, PA. The branch from Galeton, PA to Wellsville was constructed in 1895-1896. In 1929 the "B & S" became part of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad system, but in 1956 the Wellsville branch and the branch from Galeton to Addison, NY were sold off to the H. E. Salzberg Company and became the Wellsville, Addison and Galeton Railroad. The railroad served the Sinclair Oil refinery in Wellsville and several tanneries in Pennsylvania, hence its nickname "The Sole Leather Line". The "WAG", as it was known, operated until 1979, but the closure of the Sinclair refinery in 1963 had already eliminated the railroad's major customer in Wellsville. The Wellsville branch ceased operating altogether in 1973 after severe damage from the remnants of Hurricane Agnes. The State of New York acquired its 9-mile section in 2009.[Source: dec.ny.gov]