Brickyard Trail spring cover

Brickyard Trail at Frankel Nature Park

The 0.8-mile Brickyard Trail runs through Frankel Nature Park, connecting Brighton Town Hall and Library on Elmwood Avenue with Buckland Park on Westfall Road. The hard-pack gravel trail is available for all non-motorized use and is perfect for walking, biking, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing.

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Brickyard Trail in April

The nature park features a flat, 0.8-mile trail that runs the length of the former clay mine. About halfway along the trail, you’ll come across a sitting area that features educational signage. The signs tell the story of the area’s unique and significant history as a brickyard, which explains the name. Additionally, Buckland Creek runs through the park. It’s an ideal destination for birding, too.

Brickyard Trail Sandra L Frankel Nature Park
Brickyard Trail Sandra L Frankel Nature Park
Brickyard Trail Sandra L Frankel Nature Park
Brickyard Trail Sandra L Frankel Nature Park
Brickyard Trail Sandra L Frankel Nature Park
Brickyard Trail Sandra L Frankel Nature Park

Brickyard Trail in February

The experience along the trail is entirely unexpected. It’s nestled among residential and commercial lots, but once you begin, you become unaware of their presence and are transported into a peaceful woodland and wetland.

Brickyard Trail
Brickyard Trail

More information

Cost: Free

Located in Brighton (get directions)

Website: townofbrighton.org, historicbrighton.org,

According to the website, “In the 1850’s a six-mile section of Monroe Avenue was established as a Plank Road, financed mainly by the Brick Company owners. At the height of production (~1900), there were more than 200 men working at the yard known as “Rochester Brick & Tile Company”.

“The clay was mined by hand, molded in a wooden form, and burned in a wood fire till compact. The process was quite labor-intensive.

“Brick was also a heavy product, difficult to transport, which encouraged local brick factories to form close to the source of construction. The manufacturing equipment advanced during the 19th century as technology and science provided new techniques and tools.”

Brickyard Trail

Parking

There are two sanctioned parking areas—Buckland Park and the Town Hall. There is, however, this little four-car spot on Westfall where you can park if you’re fortunate.

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