Brickyard Trail spring cover

Brickyard Trail at Frankel Nature Park

The Brickyard Trail runs the length of Sandra L. Frankel Nature Park, a 72-acre linear park connecting the Brighton Town Hall and Library on Elmwood Ave with Buckland Park on Westfall Road.

The hard-pack gravel trail is available for all non-motorized use, and perfect for walking, biking, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing.

wetlands
pathway
pathway
wetlands

Brickyard Trail in April

The flat 0.8-mile trail runs the length of the park, and through the former clay mine.

About half-way along you come across a sitting area with educational signage. It tells the story of the area’s unique and significant history as a brickyard, thus the name.

Buckland Creek runs through the 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 Sandra L Frankel Nature Park

Brickyard Trail in February

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

Brickyard Trail
Brickyard Trail

More information

Cost: Free

Located in Brighton (get directions)

More information: townofbrighton.org

I found this very informative video if you’d like to learn more about the area. Also, from historicbrighton.org,

“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 in excess of 200 men working at the yard know 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 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 2 sanctioned parking areas—Buckland Park and the Town Hall. There is, however, this little 4-car spot on Westfall you can park if you’re lucky!

72 Hiking Trails Around Rochester

A few rustic trails around Rochester that will inspire you to take a hike. A diverse collection of rail, waterside, and inland trails.

Read more

52 Nature Centers, Preserves, Refuges, and Observatories Around Rochester

Our nature centers, wildlife preserves, management areas, etc., all serve to protect and sustain life, while making nature accessible.

Read more

11 Best Places to Rent Snowshoes Around Rochester

If you’re looking to spend time outdoors, try snowshoeing! There are places around Rochester to rent snowshoes and learn how to use them.

Read more

Have you explored the Brickyard Trail?

Share your thoughts with us in the comments. Your insight and experience is invaluable!

303 Shares

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

COVID-19 NOTE: Some of the information you find in our articles may currently be inaccurate due to closures and cancellations.

Please follow the most current recommendations from the CDC and New York State for spending time away from your home. The great outdoors can provide a well needed respite & escape during stressful times. Please move quickly through parking lots, trail heads, and scenic areas. If crowded, choose a different park, trail, or time to visit. Please day trip responsibly.