Channing Philbrick Irondequoit Creek

Channing H Philbrick Park (Linear Park)

Channing H Philbrick Park was previously know as, and is sometimes still referred to as, Linear Park. Some call it simply Philbrick Park. Whatever you prefer to call it, there is no denying this is a fantastic and powerful Penfield landscape!

Channing H Philbrick Park PKA Linear Park Map
Google Map view of Irondequoit Creek Trail

Irondequoit Creek passes through 3 Monroe County Parks, from its origin just outside Powder Mills Park, then through Ellison Park and Lucien Morin Park on its way to Irondequoit Bay. Along the way it picks up more water from tributaries like Thomas Creek, Mill Creek, and Allen’s Creek.

As Irondequoit Creek passes through Channing H Philbrick Park, it drops 90 feet over one mile giving us the cascades that make this park so special.

It has everything the perfect park should have: a fast-flowing creek, waterfalls, cascades, and rapids, opportunities for fishing and cooling off in the hot summer months, a pavilion, a playground, picnic tables, and trails that connect them all together.

Channing Philbrick Irondequoit Creek winter

The Irondequoit Creek Trail runs through the length of the park, and continues outside park boundaries. It crosses through the main parking lots. The trails on the east side of the park include the Honey Creek Trail and Mills Trail, and on the west side is the Fishing Trail.

Channing H Philbrick Park PKA Linear Park
Channing Philbrick winter
Channing H Philbrick Park Linear Park

The Mills Trail

This trail is a short loop leading down to the main cascades. There is an accessible viewing platform here. If mobility is a concern, you can also access this area from N. Washington St. Automobiles are not allowed to cross the bridge, pedestrians only.

Channing H Philbrick Park Trail
Channing H Philbrick Park PKA Linear Park

Irondequoit Creek Trail

The trail consists of narrow, dirt paths that are fairly easy to walk. It crosses over several boardwalks and wooden bridges along the way. The creek is usually in sight, and the tree canopy and ground cover is thick, masking the sounds of surrounding suburbia.

Honey Creek Trail

Honey Creek is a tributary of Irondequoit Creek. The trail connects Penfield Four Corners to Channing H Philbrick Park. There is a waterfall along Honey Creek that cannot be seen from the trail, and is worth going out of the way for only after heavy rains or rapid snow melt. Otherwise, it’s but a trickle over a 30 foot drop. You’ll want to do a bit more research to find the path to the waterfall.

Channing H Philbrick Park Linear Park
Channing Philbrick fishing Irondequoit Creek
Channing Philbrick trail
Channing H Philbrick Park PKA Linear Park

The Fishing Trail

This trail runs along the west/lower half of Irondequoit Creek, very close to water level making it great for fishing, but not so after heavy rains. The creek widens in a place that feels very different from the east-side rapids.

A sandy cliff that resembles Chimney Bluffs walls off one side, and the bend creates a perfect fishing and swimming hole.

Channing Philbrick creek

The big draw here is the class III whitewater. Twisting, bouncing and spraying around the limestone mottled creek bed, Irondequoit Creek displays tremendous power for such a small waterway. The porous nature of the rock layers here acts as an amplifier as the water drums upon it, creating a thumping roar of water that fills the glen. It’s both relaxing and exhilarating at the same time, and well worth at least a quick stop.”

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Channing H Philbrick Park PKA Linear Park

More information about Channing H Philbrick Park

Cost: Free

Located in Penfield, 10 minutes / 7 miles from Rochester (get directions). The parking lot is on Linear Park Dr. making it the perfect dividing line for exploring just the east side or west side of the park. There are about 1.5 miles of trails in the park, so each trail is relatively short.

More Information: penfieldrec.org + trail map

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2 thoughts on “Channing H Philbrick Park (Linear Park)”

  1. Kris Chatterton

    This is a beautiful park, however- the last time I was here a couple of years ago, it was so crowded, noisy ( speakers blasting), and COVERED in litter, that I am hesitant to go back.

    1. Kris, you must go back! Try to go at an off-time, when there are not parties/gatherings in the pavilions. An early morning perhaps. Or Spring/Fall. But don’t give up on her! The creek through here is beautiful as are the trails.

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