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10 Best Places to Rent Snowshoes Around Rochester

There’s no need to stop hiking in the winter just because there’s snow on the trail. If you’re looking to spend more time outdoors, try snowshoeing!

There are a few places around Rochester where you can rent snowshoes and learn how to use them. You’ll find that many are nature centers with excellent trails for both snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.

And a few even offer cross-country ski rentals if you’d like to try both snowsports.

Rent Snowshoes Around Rochester NY

Most places charge about $5 per rental of snowshoes.

Some may be for the whole day, and some by the hour. Check before you go!

1. Hanson Nature Center in Tinker Nature Park Henrietta, NY

2. Wild Wings Mendon Ponds Park, Honeoye Falls, NY

3. Helmer Nature Center Irondequoit, Snowshoe Saturdays

4. Montezuma Audubon Center Savannah, NY

5. Genesee County Park & Forest Bethany, NY

6. Bryncliff Resort Varysburg, NY

7. Cumming Nature Center Naples, NY

8. Reinstein Woods & Nature Preserve Cheektowaga, NY

9. Medved Running and Walking Outfitters From their website, “Our rental fee is $20 per day and the first two days can be used toward the purchase of a pair of snowshoes (if made within 30 days of the rental return).” Sounds like a great idea if you are thinking about buying your own.

10. REI From their website, “Renting gear is the best of both worlds. You get the stuff you need without needing a new closet to keep it all in. Gear up for your next outdoor adventure with rentable gear from your local REI store, handpicked by our in-store experts. You can rent snowshoes, skis, snowboards, camping gear and more. And we can show you how to use it.” They also offer classes on Snowshoeing Basics.

Rent Snowshoes Around Rochester NY

Already have your own snowshoes?

There are hundreds of places around Rochester to take them! A bit of inspiration from the NYS DEC:

“Don’t let snow keep you off New York State’s thousands of trails this winter. Grab a pair of cross-country skis or snowshoes and enjoy your favorite trails all winter long.

“The solitude and all engulfing silence of the wilderness in winter await. Many trails are actually easier to traverse in winter as the rocks, roots, and mud are covered over with nothing but smooth, deep snow.

“You can go to areas otherwise not accessible in summer due to wet conditions and take short cuts across frozen lakes. You may be surprised that a day of exercise and exploring nature in winter could be so much fun!”

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Please follow the most current recommendations from the CDC and New York State for spending time away from your home. The great outdoors can provide a well needed respite & escape during stressful times. Please move quickly through parking lots, trail heads, and scenic areas. If crowded, choose a different park, trail, or time to visit. Please day trip responsibly.