Cobbs Hill Park in the City of Rochester makes you feel like you’re not in Kansas anymore. The park itself, nestled between Culver, Monroe and Highland, is recreational in nature, with Lake Riley at its heart. It’s the hill, though, that makes it so special.
The view from Cobbs Hill, the quiet, the breeze, the friendly nature of people walking and taking it all in—there’s nothing else quite like it in Rochester.
The view from Cobbs Hill is spectacular
No matter the weather, season, cloud cover, or time of day, I love looking out over the treetops at the Rochester skyline. Folks also head up to Cobb’s Hill to watch the fireworks on the 4th of July and New Year’s Eve.
Cobb’s Hill Reservoir
The Reservoir’s walkways, iron fence, steps and overlooks were designed by the Olmsted firm
Encircling the reservoir is a .7-mile paved walking path perfect for a jog or a stroll, and a favorite for workday lunch breaks.
The view of Pinnacle Hill from Cobbs Hill
Pinnacle Hill is the highest point in Rochester and is home to 5 of Rochester’s broadcast signal towers.
Cobbs Hill and Pinnacle Hill are two of the original five Pinnacle Hills in the Pinnacle Range—a glacial moraine created by the retreating Wisconsin Glacier 10,000 year ago.
Two of the other hills are in Highland and Mount Hope. The fifth was Oak Hill, leveled to create a golf course which has since relocated; the land is now the University of Rochester’s riverside campus.
Cobb’s Hill is the most popular spot to sled in the City of Rochester.
In the right light, the granite, Greek-Revival-style gate house reminds me of a Maxfield Parrish painting.
Cobbs Hill also hosts Monroe Country’s Public Safety Communications.
Because of the Pinnacle Range, all major infrastructure, like the Erie Canal, subway, and express way, were routed around the area leaving this beautiful area untouched by development.
The trail through Washington Grove takes you by the graffiti-tagged water towers and winds through a quiet grove of ancient oaks.
More information about Cobbs Hill Park
Located in the City of Rochester (get directions)
More information: cityofrochester.gov
This marker is located on the ground behind the water tower on the right coming up the trail. I am not familiar with these markers but I found some information and a few links you may find helpful if this is interesting to you!
“Survey mark refers to any permanent marks or disks placed in the ground or attached to a permanent structure with known latitude, longitude or height information. Other terms used for survey mark are “survey point” or “control point.”
“The term “benchmark” is reserved for marks that indicate elevation. Horizontal position markers used for triangulation are also known as triangulation stations.”
“Survey markers were often placed as part of triangulation surveys, measurement efforts that moved systematically across states or regions, establishing the angles and distances between various points. Such surveys laid the basis for map-making across the world.”
The term street art means different things to different people. Here, we interpret street art to mean any outdoor, free, public wall art.
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