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.

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Town Parks - North Ponds Park Webster picnic
Town Parks - North Ponds Park fitness equipment
north ponds park
north ponds park
North Ponds Park

1. Charles E. Sexton Park

Webster

The one-mile trail that loops around both ponds is ideal for a relaxing walk, jog, or bike ride since there are only minor elevation changes throughout the route. This trail is also a fantastic spot for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing during winter. Additionally, you’ll find eight fitness stops optimized for different abilities and heights.

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Charles E. Sexton Memorial (North Ponds) Park

The one-mile paved loop trail in North Ponds Park circumnavigates two ponds and is perfect for strolling, jogging, biking, and dog-walking.

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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

The one-mile perimeter trail circumnavigates woodland, meadow, and wetland environments. The trail system includes smaller paths that intersect with the perimeter trail, including the Labyrinth walking path. The trails themselves consist of hard-packed gravel and boardwalks, making them easy for most people to walk.

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Tinker Nature Park

Tinker Nature Park spans 68 acres along the Pittsford-Henrietta town border, offering trails and boardwalks suitable for all abilities.

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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 Park

Penfield

The Irondequoit Creek Trail is a narrow path that winds along the edge of the creek. Although it’s easy to walk, the path is covered in thick tree roots and crosses over several boardwalks and wooden bridges, which may make it moderately challenging for some people.

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Channing H. Philbrick Park

Irondequoit Creek drops 90 feet over one mile through Channing H Philbrick Park, creating the cascades that make it unique.

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Town Parks - Corbetts Glen
Corbetts Glen North tepee
Town Parks - Corbetts Glen walking trail
Corbetts Glen
Corbett’s Glen

4. Corbett’s Glen Nature Park

Brighton

When you visit Corbett’s Glen, you might notice that it feels like you’re walking through people’s backyards – and that’s because you are! This green space is hidden in a suburban area, nestled between an expressway and two busy roads near the Penfield/Brighton Town border.

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Corbett’s Glen

Corbett’s Glen is a glorious green space in a suburban jungle. As overused as this statement may be, Corbett’s Glen is truly a hidden gem.

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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 Park

Greece

The town-operated park spans 375 acres and is situated within the Braddock Bay Fish and Wildlife Management Area. The park has a hard-pack gravel pathway that leads to a viewing platform and a wetland boardwalk. Additionally, a kayak launch is located near the marina.

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Braddock Bay Wildlife Management Area

If you’re cruising on Edgemere along the ponds, or on the parkway near Manitou, you’re enjoying the Braddock Bay Wildlife Management Area.

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Webster Arboretum
Webster Arboretum
Brighton Town Park summer bench
Brighton Town Park
Meridian Centre Park boardwalk
Meridian Centre
Brickyard Trail
Brickyard Trail

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.

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Webster Arboretum at Kent Park

Covering 32 acres, the arboretum boasts a pond, winding paths, various trees and shrubs, and formal gardens with over 200 daylily cultivars.

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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 0.8-mile Brickyard Trail spans the park, connecting Brighton Town Hall and Library on Elmwood Avenue with Buckland Park on 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!

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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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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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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

Beyond the gorge trails, nature centers, and gardens, these exceptional parks offer unique experiences and amenities worthy of exploration.

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Rochester’s Olmsted-Designed Parks

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

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Geologic History of the Rochester Area

These day trips into Rochester’s geologic history will remind you just how amazing our corner of the Earth is.

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Where are your favorite town parks?

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Debi Bower is the founder and creative director of daytrippingroc.com and author of the award-winning book Day Trips Around Rochester, New York.

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