Mendon Ponds Park autumn cover

Mendon Ponds Park

Mendon Ponds Park is the largest Monroe County Park with 2,500 acres of woodlands, ponds, wetlands and glacially created land-forms. Every January, Mendon Ponds hosts Winterfest and it’s the one outdoor-winter-event you don’t want to miss! Activities are spread through the park so take a look at the activities for a place to start your day.

The Devil’s Bathtub

This is one of New York’s rare meromictic lakes, similar to Green Lakes. It’s so deep, and so protected by the geologic features around it, that the layers in the water do not mix, or “turn over”.

Mendon Ponds Park

Mendon Ponds Park stairs Devils Bathtub

Rochester's Geographic History: Mendon Ponds Park Devils Bathtub

Mendon Ponds’ unique geologic structure

“Mendon Ponds Park is the largest Monroe County Park with 2,500 acres of woodlands, ponds, wetlands and glacially created landforms. In 1969, it was named to the National Registry of Natural Landmarks due to its geologic history and presence of significant kames, eskers, and kettles.”

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Mendon Ponds Park

Mendon Ponds Parkview brochure with this information

Now that you have to facts, you can experience the beauty and serenity that is Mendon Ponds Park. Visit each and every season to appreciate the bold-blue ponds in summer, the reflection of colored trees in the Devil’s bathtub in autumn, the bright-white hills in winter, and the rebirth of Sharon’s Sensory Garden in spring.

Mendon Ponds Park winding roads

Hiking Trails around Mendon Ponds

I have found that the trails are not clearly marked and it’s easy to find yourself on a more difficult trail than you anticipated!

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The most popular walks among bird lovers and families are the Birdsong Trail and Swamp Trail, located near Wild Wings Bird Sanctuary near Route 65 and Pond Rd. Come with plenty of black oil sunflower seeds, especially during winter and early spring when food is scarce—the chickadees and nuthatches will land right in your hands!

Sharon’s Sensory Garden, Wild Wings & the Birdsong Trail

Mendon Ponds Wild Wings

Mendon Ponds Wild Wings

Mendon Ponds Park

Mendon Ponds Park

Mendon Ponds Birdsong Trail

Sledding & Cross-Country Skiing in the Winter

Mendon Ponds Park Monroe County Sledding

Mendon Ponds Park Monroe County XC Skiing

Wandering through the park’s many wooded areas

Mendon Ponds Park

Mendon Ponds Park

Mendon Ponds Park Rochester NY

Mendon Ponds Birdsong Trail

Mendon Ponds Park Devils Bathtub trail

Mendon Ponds Park Round Pond autumn

Mendon Ponds has this name for a reason!

Mendon Ponds Park Rochester NY

Mendon Ponds Park

Mendon Ponds Park Rochester NY

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Mendon Ponds Park swans

Mendon Ponds Park is the largest Monroe County Park with 2,500 acres of woodlands, ponds, wetlands and glacially created landforms.

Debi Bower

Born, raised and living life as a digital designer in Rochester, NY! I am also a day-tripper, writer & photographer, exploring the nooks and crannies that make our part of New York State so special.

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