Mendon Ponds Park Rochester NY

20 Monroe County Parks

Unlike most New York State Parks, Monroe County parks are free. Take advantage of 12,000 acres of natural, zoological, horticultural, historical and geological experiences! It’s an amazing backyard! The 20 parks below are listed in order of their size.

Monroe County Parks: Mendon Ponds Park

1. Mendon Ponds

Highlights: 2,500 acres of woodlands, ponds, wetlands and glacially created landforms, on the National Registry of Natural Landmarks due to its geologic history and presence of significant kames, eskers, and kettles, Wild Wings, birdsong trail among other excellent hiking trails with varying degrees of difficulty, sledding, camping for scout and youth groups only.

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Monroe County Parks: Black Creek Park

2. Black Creek

Highlights: 1,505-acres, 5 hiking trails with varying degrees of difficulty, sledding.

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Monroe County Parks: Durand Eastman Park

3. Durand Eastman

Highlights: 977 acres, arboretum, swimming beach on Lake Ontario, steep wooded slopes and valleys, small lakes, sledding, golf, 5 hiking trails with varying degrees of difficulty.

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4. Northhampton

Highlights: 973 acres, Springdale Farm, downhill ski slope, a model airplane field, 5 hiking trails with varying degrees of difficulty.

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Genesee Valley Park

5. Genesee Valley

Highlights: 800 acres, Olmsted-designed park, intersection of the Erie Canal and Genesee River, connection point for the Canalway Trail, Genesee Riverway Trail and the Genesee Valley Greenway, 2 golf courses, organized recreation, paved pathways popular with bicyclists and joggers, kayak & canoe rentals.

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6. Churchville

Highlights: 742 acres, golf and disc golf courses

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Greece Canal Park

7. Greece Canal

Highlights: 577 acres, located along the Erie Canal, one of two Monroe County parks with a dog park, 4 hiking trails all mainly easy/level.

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Monroe County Parks: Webster Park

8. Webster

Highlights: 550 acres, the only County park with camping available to families and not just scout troops, sledding, access to Lake Ontario (no swimming), hiking trails.

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Monroe County Parks: Oatka Creek Park

9. Oatka Creek

Highlights: 461-acres, exceptional trout fishing from both banks along Oatka Creek, mostly undeveloped, hiking trails with varying degrees of difficulty.

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10. Ellison

Highlights: 447 acres, our first county park, natural woodlands combined with steep slopes, in the Irondequoit Creek flood plain. One of two Monroe County parks with a dog park, 5 trails with varying degrees of difficulty.

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Monroe County Parks: Powder Mills Park

11. Powder Mills

Highlights: 380 acres, fish hatchery, steep hillsides, creekside meadows and wetlands, downhill skiing, trout fishing in Irondequoit Creek, 5 hiking trails with varying degrees of difficulty including the Daffodil Trail.

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Monroe County Parks: Lucien Morin Park

12. Lucien Morin

Highlights: 348 acres, located on the north side of Ellison Park, marsh area for canoe and kayak access to the bay, hiking trails with varying degrees of difficulty.

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Monroe County Parks: Seneca Park Rochester NY

13. Seneca

Highlights: 297 acres, linear park along the Genesee River, Olmsted-designed park, Seneca Park Zoo, pedestrian bridge over river connecting to Maplewood Park and the Genesee Riverway Trail, 6 hiking trails with varying degrees of difficulty.

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Highland Park Rochester NY

14. Highland

Highlights: 150 acres, Olmsted-designed park, arboretum, Lilac Fest, Lamberton Conservatory, Warner Castle Sunken Garden, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, reservoir, Highland Bowl, paved pathways with sizable changes in elevation, one of the 5 pre-historic Pinnacle Hills: Cobbs, Pinnacle, Highland and Mount Hope, plus Oak Hill which is now the University of Rochester’s campus.

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Monroe County Park: Lehigh Valley Trail Rush NY

15. Lehigh Valley Trail

Highlights: 15 mile linear park, hard packed gravel, open to sun, crosses the Genesee River to connect with the Genesee Valley Greenway, the only one of our Monroe County Parks utilizing an old railroad line.

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16. Abraham Lincoln

Highlights: 182 acres, on Irondequoit Bay, hiking trails are each less than a mile with varying degrees of difficulty.

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17. Irondequoit Bay West

Highlights: 147 acres, completely undeveloped, 2,000 feet of Irondequoit Bay shoreline that is incredibly popular but difficult to park.

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18. Tryon

Highlights: 82 undeveloped acres, west-side of Irondequoit Creek, Lucien Morin runs on the east-side, popular for mountain biking and dog walking.

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Monroe County Park: Ontario Beach Park Rochester NY

19. Ontario Beach

Highlights: 39 acres, historic 1905 Dentzel Carousel, walkable pier, Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse, restaurants, original Abbots Custard, swimming beach on Lake Ontario, concerts, organized recreation, events, a short walk from the hidden sidewalk.

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20. Devil’s Cove

Highlights: 18 acres, park will remain natural and undeveloped, is accessible only from the water.

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Note: This map shows all of the county parks. It lists 21 parks because Irondequoit Bay Marine by Seabreeze was recently transferred to the state to manage.

Debi Bower

<p>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.</p>

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