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AU invites all to get W.I.L.D. on inaugural ‘Horse to Holler’ trail hike

On Sunday, Oct. 9, Alfred University’s new W.I.L.D. (Wilderness Immersion Learning and Discovery) About Alfred Committee will hold the first annual Horse to Holler trail hike, a nature hike from Alfred’s Bromeley-Daggett Equestrian Center to Pollywog Holler.

"One objective in the Student Affairs strategic plan is Wellness within Wilderness," said Mark McFadden, director of the Career Development Center. "From this we developed the W.I.L.D. about Alfred Committee, which is tasked with identifying outdoor activities and educating AU students and community members regarding how to take advantage of these opportunities."

Pre-registration for the hike is required. Registration cost is $10 for students and $20 for community members and includes a customized bandana and admission to Pollywog Holler. Visit for more information and to register for the event.

The seven-and-a-half mile route will begin at the equestrian center and follow a newly established permanent trail across University property to Foster Lake, circling the lake and continuing down Lake Road to link up to the Phillips Creek trail system.

The hike will end at Pollywog Holler, an eco-lodge and artisan haven owned by Alfred University alumnus Bill Castle ’88, where hikers can enjoy the Holler’s signature wood-fired pizza and other refreshments.

Two aid stations and a s’more station will be available at points along the trail offering water and snacks as well as "rustic" restrooms. After the hike, all participants will be shuttled from the Holler back to the equestrian center.

Horse to Holler is sponsored by several local businesses, including Brian Schu, Attorney at Law; Hamilton Shoes, Wellsville; Alfred University Student Affairs Office; and Alfred University Career Development Center.