Hidden Places - Corbetts Glen

Corbetts Glen Nature Park

Nestled in between an express way and 2 highly trafficked roads near the Penfield/Brighton Town borders, Corbetts Glen Nature Park is a glorious green space in a suburban jungle.

As overused as this statement is, Corbetts Glen is truly a hidden gem. I am always surprised by how many people drive past it every day and have never realized it was there, myself included.

Corbetts Glen winter tunnel
Corbetts Glen
Corbetts Glen

Against a beautiful backdrop, you can catch prom, wedding and senior pictures being staged right next to folks salmon fishing.

Fun fact: President Abraham Lincoln’s funeral train passed along the railroad tracks above the tunnel in 1865, on its way to Illinois.

Corbetts Glen train tracks

When you visit, you will notice you seem to be walking through people’s back yards, because you are!

The homeowners are passionate about keeping the Corbett’s Glen beautiful and open for everyone’s enjoyment. The glen may have been a story of the past had it not been for this nature-loving community.

Corbetts Glen

This is the perfect spot for a picnic! A table in the shade next to both waterfalls.

Corbetts Glen winter path
Corbetts Glen winter walk
Corbetts Glen
Corbetts Glen
Corbetts Glen winter pathway
Corbetts Glen walking trail
Corbetts Glen pathway
Corbetts Glen path

Parking for Corbetts Glen

Park on Glen Road, off Rt. 441, respecting the signs. A two minute walk down the road will take you to the tunnel under railroad tracks where Allen Creek produces its 1st waterfall.

Corbetts Glen winter handicap parking

Just after the tunnel there is a reserved handicap-accessible space to park 1 or 2 cars.

There you will find a lovely picnic table and bench, perfect for taking a quick work-day lunch break. Keep on walking the two-mile trail for more breathtaking views of waterfalls, wetland marsh, woodland and meadow.

A second lot off Penfield Road is available as well, it will just start you furthest from Corbett’s Glen Tunnel and Postcard Falls, the signature feature of the park.

Maps & Information

Cost: Free

Located in Brighton/Penfield, roughly 15 minutes / 10 miles from Rochester (get directions)

More information: corbettsglen.org

Corbett's Glen Nature Park Trail Map
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3 thoughts on “Corbetts Glen Nature Park”

  1. Such wonderful memories I have as a child of Corbett’s Glen. Patrick Corbett is my great grandfather, and at that time the glen was still owned by the Corbett family. How wonderful that families now can enjoy it the same way I did. It truly is a treasure.

    1. Flooding can affect the condition of the trail deeper into the park. There is room for 1-2 handicap-stickered cars if you drive down Glen Road through the tunnel. The lot is right after the tunnel. From there, the path to the creek is hard-packed.

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