Ellison Park fort

Ellison Park

Irondequoit Creek meanders through Ellison Park on its way to Irondequoit Bay and Lake Ontario, offering visitors year-round fishing and non-motorized boating opportunities. Established in 1926, it is our first official Monroe County Park.

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On a hill on the eastern portion of the trail is the presumed site of Peter Schuyler’s 1721 Trading Post, known as “Fort Schuyler.” Its purpose was to encourage trade with the Senecas and complete with the French for furs. The plaque reads, “This log blockhouse was built in 1938 to commemorate the colonial trading post that once stood near this site, The original post is believed to have been built in 1721 by British Capt. Peter Schuyler Jr. and a small company of men to encourage trade with the Indians in the region.

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Hiking at Ellison Park

Before heading out, download or print the park map. The park is 447-acres, with 5 hiking trails of varying difficulty.

Coyote Den Trail

This trail is an easy to moderate 1.1-mile walk that follows a gradual uphill climb to Penfield Road. Near the Blossom Road trailhead there is a secluded spring pond.

Overlook Trail

This .6 mile walk overlooks Thomas cove and the stone quarry.  This is a moderate to difficult walk, with one very steep section where the trail joins Coyote Den Trail near Irondequoit Creek. You can look uphill here at the steep section to determine how you make the loop, climbing uphill or downhill. On the portion of the trail that follows the Coyote Den Trail, you will be following a creek in a beautiful wooded gully with moss-covered logs, ferns, and wooden bridges.

Mill Race Trail

This .4 mile walk shows the stages between wetlands and a forest. It is an easy walk over level terrine.

Butlers Gap Trail

This .7 mile moderate walk (one way) has many interesting historical features as well as an intersection that overlooks the wetlands. It is a moderate walk over rolling hills, with one short but steep climb.

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Indian Landing: Here were scenes of adventure and romance!

Indian Landing Trail

This 1.5 mile easy walk over level terrain is full of history, from the location of an old trading post (Fort Schuyler), to the presumed famous Butlers’s Rangers hideout, marked with commemorative plaques. A plaque placed on a large boulder along Irondequoit Creek commemorates a nearby location of the “Indian Landing” which was used for many years by the indigenous Iroquois as the start of the portage route, which led from Lake Ontario, up Irondequoit Creek, and overland to the Genesee River.

The plaque reads, “This is the site of Indian Landing, the most important place in the early history of the Genesee Country, all of whose trails led to Irondequoit Bay, a gateway of the Iroquois Confederacy. Here were scenes of the adventure and romance for a period of more that three hundred years involving Indian wars: the struggle for empire between the French and English: and the Revolutionary and pioneer periods. Religion, commerce and war made this territory a famous battleground bringing here many noted priests, traders, and soldiers. Across the creek is the site of Shcuyler’s Fort and the Lost City of Tryon.

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Monroe County Ellison Park Rochester NY

Monroe County Ellison Park Rochester NY

Monroe County Ellison Park Rochester NY

Monroe County Ellison Park Rochester NY

Monroe County Ellison Park Rochester NY

Monroe County Ellison Park Rochester NY

Monroe County Ellison Park Rochester NY

Monroe County Ellison Park Rochester NY

Monroe County Ellison Park Rochester NY

Monroe County Ellison Park Rochester NY
A beautiful spot for wedding photography at Ellison Park near the north entrance.

More amenities at Ellison Park

Ellison Park has one of the two dog parks in the Monroe County Parks system, the other is at Greece Canal Park. Ellison is also a prime snow-sport destination with excellent sledding hills and an outdoor ice skating rink. And Ellison has one of two disc golf courses in the county–the other at Churchville Park.

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Debi Bower

Born, raised and living life as a digital designer in Rochester, NY! I am also a day-tripper, writer & photographer, exploring the nooks and crannies that make our part of New York State so special.

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