John L. Cobb, Finger Lakes Trail donor, died on January 22, 2011

Finger Lakes Trail Marker

Finger Lakes Trail Marker

The Buffalo Evening News reported that John L. Cobb, a 40-year veteran of the military who became known for his significant land donation to the Finger Lakes Trail, died on January 22, 2011 in the Rosa Coplon Living Center, Getzville. He was 92.

In 2000, Mr. Cobb donated a 45-acre parcel of forest and streams in Franklinville for use as part of the Finger Lakes Trail, an 800-mile foot trail stretching from Canada to Allegany State Park and the Catskills.

“I wanted to do something worthwhile with it,” he said at the time.

The property is on the west side of Route 242, just south of the entrance to Boyce Hill State Forest. The Finger Lakes Trail passes over the eastern portion of the property, and a loop trail climbs the hill and leads to a bivouac area.

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