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:
- North Ponds Park
- Tinker Nature Park
- Channing H. Philbrick (Linear) Park
- Corbett’s Glen Nature Park
- Braddock Bay WMA
1. North Ponds Park
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.
2. Tinker Park
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.
3. Channing H Philbrick (Linear) Park
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.
4. Corbett’s Glen
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 2 highly trafficked roads near the Penfield/Brighton Town border.
5. Braddock Bay
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.
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.
Other parks around Rochester
Try some of our city, county, and state parks as well!
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