Cobbs Hill Park in the City of Rochester makes you feel like you’re not in Kansas anymore. The park itself, nestled between Culver, Monroe and Highland, is recreational in nature, with Lake Riley at its heart. It’s the hill, though, that makes it so special. The view from Cobbs Hill, the quiet, the breeze, the friendly nature of people walking and taking it all in—there’s nothing quite like it in Rochester.
Encircling the reservoir is a .7-mile paved walking path perfect for a jog or a stroll, and a favorite for workday lunch breaks. I bring lunch and sit on a bench rather than walk, especially when it’s warm out!
If you have more time, take a walk through Washington Grove. The trail takes you by the graffiti-tagged water tower and winds through a quiet grove of ancient oaks.
The skyline view from Cobbs Hill is amazing no matter the weather, season, cloud cover, or time of day.
The Reservoir’s walkways, iron fence, steps and overlooks were designed by the Olmsted firm
In the right light, the granite, Greek-Revival-style gate house reminds me of a Maxfield Parrish painting.
The view of Pinnacle Hill from Cobbs Hill
Pinnacle Hill is the highest point in Rochester and is home to 5 of Rochester’s broadcast signal towers. Cobbs Hill and Pinnacle Hill are two of the original five Pinnacle Hills—a glacial moraine created by the retreating Wisconsin Glacier 10,000 year ago. Two of the other hills are in Highland and Mount Hope. The fifth was Oak Hill, leveled to create a golf course which has since relocated; the land is now the University of Rochester’s riverside campus.