Channing H Philbrick Linear Park autumn bridge cover

Our Favorite 5 Town Parks to Explore

These Monroe County town parks offer more than just a typical baseball diamond and playground. Each has a unique offering of woods, wildlife, and water features to explore.

Some parks have even, paved surfaces with very little change in elevation. Others feature a combination of hard-pack dirt, wood chips, gravel and boardwalk.

Table of Contents:

  1. North Ponds Park
  2. Tinker Nature Park
  3. Channing H. Philbrick (Linear) Park
  4. Corbett’s Glen Nature Park
  5. Braddock Bay WMA
Town Parks - North Ponds Park Webster picnic
Town Parks - North Ponds Park fitness equipment
Town Parks - North Ponds Park paved path
North Ponds Park path

1. North Ponds Park

Webster

The 1-mile loop trail circumnavigates both ponds.

It is perfect for a leisurely stroll, jog, or bike ride with little change in elevation along its route. This makes it a great place for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter.

There are also eight fitness stops optimized for varied ability and height.

Town Parks - Tinker Nature Park
Town Parks - Tinker Park pathway
Town Parks - Tinker Park late afternoon boardwalk
Tinker
Tinker Nature Park

2. Tinker Park

Henrietta

There is a 1-mile perimeter trail that takes you through woodland, meadow, and wetland environments.

There are several small trails that connect with the Perimeter trail, including the Labyrinth walking path. The trails themselves are hard-packed gravel and boardwalk.

Town Parks - Channing Philbrick Linear Park bridge
Town Parks - Channing Philbrick Linear Park boardwalk creek
Town Parks - Channing Philbrick creek
Channing Philbrick Linear Park Irondequoit Creek

3. Channing H Philbrick (Linear) Park

Penfield

The Irondequoit Creek Trail consists of narrow, dirt paths that are fairly easy to walk, though covered in thick tree roots.

It crosses over several boardwalks and wooden bridges, and never strays far from the edge of the creek.

Town Parks - Corbetts Glen
Corbett’s Glen
Town Parks - Corbetts Glen tunnel entrance
Town Parks - Corbetts Glen walking trail
Corbetts Glen
Corbett’s Glen

4. Corbett’s Glen

Brighton

When you visit, you will notice you seem to be walking through people’s back yards, because you are!

Corbett’s Glen is a hidden green space in a suburban jungle, nestled in between an express way and two highly trafficked roads near the Penfield/Brighton Town border.

Town Parks - Braddock Bay Greece
Town Parks - Braddock Bay Marina Trail
Town Parks - Braddock Bay
Braddock Bay Marina Trail
Braddock Bay Marina Trail

5. Braddock Bay

Greece

This 375-acre town-operated park, leased from New York State, is part of the greater Braddock Bay Fish and Wildlife Management Area.

Here you’ll find a hard-pack gravel pathway leading to a viewing platform and wetland boardwalk.

There is a fully accessible kayak launch near the marina.

Town Parks - Webster Arboretum evergreen maze
Webster Arboretum
Old Erie Canal Lock 62
Old Lock 62
Meridian Centre Park boardwalk
Meridian Centre

Ready to explore a few more town parks?

There are hundreds of town and village parks spread throughout the county. rochesterparks.org has done a commendable job gathering the parks together. Here are a few more of our favorites.

Webster Arboretum at Kent Park

Follow the pathways that meander around Webster Arboretum–40 acres of open spaces, flower & herb gardens, water elements, and a wide variety of trees.

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Brighton Town Park

Brighton Town Park is surprisingly serene, despite it being bordered on one side by office buildings and across the pond by a major express way.

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Breese Park

Breese Park is located along the Genesee River in West Henrietta. Set your sights on late-April to early-May to see the native bluebelle and trillium.

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Erie Canal Lock 62

Old Erie Canal Lock 62 is tucked just far enough off the beaten path that many do not realize it’s just over the hill behind Pittsford Plaza.

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Brickyard Trail at Frankel Nature Park

The Brickyard Trail runs the length of Sandra L. Frankel Nature Park, a 72-acre linear park connecting Elmwood Ave and Westfall Road.

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Meridian Centre Park

There are nature paths in Meridian Centre Park & an arboretum in the western part of the park with plantings and wooden arches.

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Great Embankment Park

Great Embankment Park has a small sitting area, a few benches, a small boat launch and a dock great for fishing; perfect to start your trip along the canal.

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Highland Park
Highland Park
Webster Park Lake Ontario Pier
Webster Park
Cobbs Hill Washington Grove Graffiti
Cobb’s Hill
Martin Luther King Jr Park mural
Martin Luther King Jr Park

Other parks around Rochester

Try some of our city, county, and state parks as well!

Rochester’s Olmsted Designed Parks

Rochester is fortunate to be one of a handful of American cities that have a park system comprised of Frederick Law Olmsted-designed parks.

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Our Favorite 5 County Parks to Explore

The Monroe County Parks systems includes 20 parks that are all worth exploring, but these are the five you absolutely must see.

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Geologic History of the Rochester Area

These day trips into Rochester’s geologic history, filled with drumlins, fossils and a meromictic lake, will leave you awe-struck!

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Our Favorite 5 State Parks to Explore

Within a 2-hour drive of Rochester, there are 49 NY State Parks all worthy of exploration, but try our favorite five if you haven’t already!

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23 City of Rochester Parks

Many of our City of Rochester parks have beginnings embedded in Rochester’s youth. Some were even designed by notable landscape architects.

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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.

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Where are your favorite town parks?

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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.