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Rochester area parks: Stony Brook State Park waterfall cover

Rochester Area Parks

There are over 200 Rochester area parks (New York State Parks, Monroe County Parks, Town Parks, and City Parks) within a 2-hour drive.

Monroe County Town Parks: Tinker Park fairy trail

Town Parks: Our Favorite 5

These town parks have a unique offering of woods, wildlife, and water features to explore using pavement, hard-pack dirt, wood chips, gravel and boardwalk.

North Ponds Park

North Ponds Park in Webster

The 1-mile paved loop trail in North Ponds Park circumnavigates both ponds. It is perfect for a leisurely stroll, jog, or bike ride.

Roadside Waterfalls Shequaga Falls Montour Falls cover

33 Roadside Waterfalls Near Rochester

Our roadside waterfalls near Rochester are spectacular, and for some, you do not need to get out of your car. Impressive waterfalls are not all buried in dark ravines accessible only by difficult trails.

Highland Park bench

Rochester’s Olmsted-Designed Parks

Each April 26 we celebrate the birth of Frederick Law Olmsted, and the gift of Olmsted-designed parks left in our care. “Rochester is fortunate to be one of a handful of American cities that have a park system designed by the most revered landscape architect in American history.”

Brickyard Trail

Brickyard Trail at Frankel Nature Park

Sandra L. Frankel Nature Park is a 72-acre linear park connecting the Brighton Town Hall and Library on Elmwood Ave with Buckland Park on Westfall Road. The 0.8-mile Brickyard Trail runs the length of the park.

Breese Park Henrietta

Breese Park

Breese Park is located along the Genesee River in the small community of Riverton on the far west side of Henrietta. Set your sights on late-April to early-May to see the native bluebelles, trilliums, and ferns in their full spring glory!

Things to do around Rochester NY: Washington Square Park

23 City of Rochester Parks

Many of our City of Rochester parks have beginnings embedded in Rochester’s youth. Some were designed by (and later inspired by) notable landscape architects such as Frederick Law Olmsted and Lawrence Halprin.