I have lived in Rochester my whole life, with my childhood years spent in West Irondequoit, and I never knew this public sidewalk was here. Rochester’s hidden sidewalk may be it’s best kept secret!
Finding the Hidden Sidewalk
From Ontario Beach Park in Charlotte, head west on Beach Ave. Across from Clematis St. and Cloverdale St. are the two main, flanking entrances, with several smaller sidewalks in between roughly every forth house.
My husband and I parked at
Abbots Custard near Ontario Beach Park, grabbed a cone, and walked toward Clematis St. from there. ( get directions) East entrance across from Clematis St. West entrance across from Cloverdale St. Please, stay on the pavement
As tempting as it may be, the beautiful lawns, gardens, and docks along the sidewalk are privately owned; only the path is public.
Also, the 0.4-mile-long sidewalk is open to pedestrian traffic only–no wheels allowed. Walking your dog is A-OK.
13 Hidden Places Around Rochester
We drive past some of Rochester’s most unique features every day, completely unaware that these hidden places are just minutes away from where we live.
The Lake Ontario Seaway Trail
The Lake Ontario Seaway Trail is the portion that runs along the southern Lake Ontario shoreline, from Fort Niagara in Youngstown to Fort Ontario in Oswego.
Transcending Places: 37 Alternate Reality Destinations Around Rochester
Rather than an escape, I prefer to think of these as transcending places that encourage us to transcend space, time, and state of mind.
Ontario Beach Park
Lake Ontario Beach Park is located at the northernmost tip of the city of Rochester, and is bordered on the East by the mouth of the Genesee River.
9 Lighthouses Along Lake Ontario
These lighthouses along Lake Ontario in New York are all within a two-hour drive of Rochester. And where there is a lighthouse there is a sweeping view!
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