Rochesters Hidden Sidewalk

5 Hidden Places Around Rochester

We drive right past some of Rochester’s most unique features every day, completely unaware of their existence. I continue to meet life-long residents of Rochester who have no idea these hidden places are just minutes away from where they work and live.

Hidden places: Corbetts Glen in Brighton
Corbett’s Glen

1. Corbett’s Glen

Brighton/Penfield. Corbett’s Glen Nature Park is a hidden green space in a suburban jungle, nestled in between an express way and 2 highly trafficked roads near the Penfield/Brighton Town border. When you visit, you will notice you seem to be walking through people’s back yards. You are, in a sense. The homeowners are passionate about keeping the glen beautiful and open for everyone’s enjoyment. It may have been a story of the past had it not been for this nature-loving community. Even still, it’s one of the most popular hidden spaces!


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2. Rochester’s Hidden Sidewalk

City of Rochester. To find it, start at Ontario Beach Park & head west on Beach Ave. Across from Clematis St. & Cloverdale St. are the two main entrances at either end, with several small sidewalks in between. The beautiful lawns and gardens along the sidewalk are privately owned; only the path is public and maintained by the City.


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Turning Point Park winter walk
Turning Point Park

3. Turning Point

City of Rochester. Turning Point Park’s most striking feature is a 3,572 ft-long bridge over the Genesee River Turning Basin, part of the greater Genesee Riverway Trail. Most folks drive down Lake Ave. never realizing they’re running parallel with this incredible boardwalk. Turn off Lake Ave onto Boxart St. to access the south end at Turning Point Park, or start at Ontario Beach Park and follow the GRT from the north.


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Channing H Philbrick Park boardwalk
Channing H Philbrick Park

4. Channing H. Philbrick Park

Penfield. 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.


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Warner Castle Sunken Garden looking in

5. Warner Castle’s Sunken Garden

City of Rochester. When you stroll behind Warner Castle and down the grassy lawn, you’ll discover the Sunken Garden. The garden is a small part of Highland Park, yet folks don’t realize it’s here because it’s located on Reservoir Ave across South Ave toward Mount Hope Cemetery. Take a walk behind the garden and you’ll find yourself at Highland Bowl.


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Approaching Second Waterfall Grimes Glen
Grimes Glen

Bonus! Grimes Glen

Naples. Grimes Glen is about an hour south of Rochester, but I find it worth mentioning because so many people have no idea it’s there! It’s off N. Main St./County Route 21, up a seemingly normal side street (Vine St.) You’ve probably been to the Naples Fest and have driven right past it. I have even heard from people who have lived in Naples that had no idea a glen of this incredible beauty was right there.

The great thing about Grimes Glen is that the walk in and the trail along the glen is flat, though a bit muddy after a lot of rain. There comes a point (about 1/2 mile in) at which you have to decide whether you want to walk in the water to check out the two 60-foot waterfalls just around the bend. Go for it! It’s worth it. It’s one of our favorite hidden places!


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Where are your favorite hidden places around Rochester?

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