Channing H Philbrick Linear Park summer bridge cover

Channing H Philbrick Park (Linear Park)

Channing H Philbrick Park was previously know as, and is sometimes still referred to as, Linear Park. It’s still located on Linear Park Drive.

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 (Linear) 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.

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 Linear Park bridge
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 Philbrick Linear Park sunrise
Channing Philbrick Linear Park boardwalk low
Channing Philbrick Linear Park trail
Channing Philbrick Linear Park fishing
Channing Philbrick Linear Park boardwalk creek
Channing H Philbrick Park Trail

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.

Channing Philbrick Park
Channing Philbrick Park
Channing Philbrick Park
Channing Philbrick Park

Irondequoit Creek Trail in Wintertime

Aside from ice, the creek path is lovely in the winter. The rush of the creek is amplified without leaves on the trees to dampen the sound. Look for unique ice formations in the creek as well.

Honey Creek
Honey Creek Waterfall

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. Rather, you’ll find it along the Irondequoit Creek Trail. On the trail you’ll notice that the main creek is on one side of you, and a smaller creek (Honey Creek) is on the other side. Where Honey Creek begins to veer away, let your eyes follow it 30ft up to the first fall. The second fall is about 20ft above it to the right.

There is a small, unmarked trail that you can use to climb up to both waterfalls. I did it in wintertime so you can, too! It’s worth seeing because it looks like a water slide.

Channing H Philbrick Park Linear Park
Channing Philbrick fishing Irondequoit Creek
Channing Philbrick trail
Irondequoit creek
Fishing beneath the sandy bluffs

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 hole.

Irondequoit 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.”

NY Falls
Channing H Philbrick Park PKA Linear Park

More information about Channing H Philbrick (Linear) 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: + 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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