trails around Rochester

77 Hiking Trails Around Rochester

Park trails like Mendon, Letchworth and Webster are excellent, but sometimes you need something less populated, more rustic, or in an unusual surrounding.

Here are a few trails around Rochester that will inspire you to not take a walk in the park!

Greater Rochester Region - Keuka Outlet Trail
Seneca Mills Falls on the Keuka Outlet Trail

Rail-Trails Around Rochester

  1. Erie-Attica Rail Trail
  2. Genesee Valley Greenway Rail Trail
  3. Lehigh Valley Rail Trail
  4. Keuka Outlet Trail and Preservation Area
  5. Ontario Pathways Rail Trail
  6. Auburn Rail Trail
  7. Auburn-Fleming Rail Trail
  8. Perinton Trolley
  9. Pittsford Rail Trail Loop
  10. Cato-Fair Haven Rail Trail
  11. Rochester, Syracuse and Eastern Rail Trail
  12. Great Gorge Rail Trail
  13. Hojack Trail
  14. El Camino Trail

Rochester Railfans: Trains, Depots, Rail-Trails, Models, & Clubs

Rochester railfans are incredibly lucky that passionate preservationists before us saw the value in retaining structures we can still appreciate today.

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5 Places in the City to Enjoy the Genesee River

At Genesee Valley Park, the Genesee River begins her journey through the city, racing over a dam and three waterfalls before emptying into Lake Ontario.

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Wolcott Falls
Wolcott Falls

Waterside & Wetland Trails

  1. Genesee Riverway Trail
  2. Beatty Point
  3. Rob’s Trail Hemlock Lake
  4. Manchester Gateway
  5. Seneca Meadows
  6. Thomas Creek Wetlands Walk
  7. Braddock Bay Marina
  8. Tifft Nature Preserve
  9. Outer Harbor and Greenway
  10. Sterling Nature Center
  11. Bergen Swamp
  12. Huckleberry Swamp
  13. Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge
  14. Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge
  15. Whistlewood
  16. Wolcott Falls Hiking Trail
  17. Palmyra Wetland Nature Trail
  18. Hidden Sidewalk
  19. Butterfly Nature Trail

Water Trails: 58 Places to Explore Rochester’s Waterways

Water trails are either formally marked routes along a navigable waterway, or simply any waterway suitable for kayaks and small motorized watercraft.

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39 Other Great Lakes Near Rochester

Rochester is well-known for our 11 Finger Lakes and 2 beautiful Great Lakes, Ontario and Erie. But there are even more fantastic, fresh-water lakes out there to discover!

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39 Natural Swimming Areas

On a hot day, you can sit under a waterfall, swim in a lake, or jump in a creek at one of these refreshing natural swimming areas.

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26 Incredible Creeks Around Rochester

These beautiful creeks around Rochester impact us in such subtle ways they sometimes disappear into the background of our lives.

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51 Nature Centers, Preserves, Refuges, and Observatories Around Rochester

Our nature centers, wildlife preserves, management areas, etc., all serve to protect and sustain life, while making nature accessible to people to enjoy and learn from.

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30 Day Trips within 30 Minutes of Rochester: Erie Canal Fairport Thomas Creek Boardwalk

Genesee Land Trust Public Trails

  1. Gosnell Big Woods Preserve
  2. Manitou Beach Preserve
  3. Hipp Brook Preserve
  4. Eva and Harlan Braman Preserve
  5. Brookdale Preserve
  6. Island Cottage Woods Preserve
  7. Christine Sevilla Wetlands Preserve
  8. Kraai Preserve
  9. Corwall Preserve
  10. Ganargua Creek Meadow Preserve

49 New York State Parks Within a 2-hour Drive of Rochester

Venture into one of these New York State Parks within a 2-hour drive of Rochester and discover what makes them each unique!

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11 National Natural Landmarks near Rochester

These National Natural Landmarks, recognized for their outstanding biological and geological resources, are all within a two-hour drive of Rochester, NY.

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20 Monroe County Parks

Monroe County parks are free, so take advantage of 12,000 acres of natural, zoological, horticultural, historical and geological experiences!

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Approaching Second Waterfall Grimes Glen
Grimes Glen

Finger Lakes Land Trust Public Trails

  1. Wesley Hill Nature Preserve
  2. Bahar Preserve & Carpenter Falls
  3. High Vista Nature Preserve
  4. Grimes Glen
  5. Great Hill Nature Preserve
  6. Lindsay-Parsons Biodiversity Preserve

Gorge Trails Near Rochester

Gorge trails call out to us from their deep, dark, and cool caverns. If you haven’t already, check these five spectacular trails off your list!

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26 Places to Visit After Heavy Rains

Watch raging torrents flow over their banks and brinks after heavy rains for a spectacular, multi-sensory experience. Behold the power of water!

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34 Roadside Waterfalls Near Rochester

Impressive waterfalls are not all buried in dark ravines accessible only by difficult trails. And for some, you do not need to get out of your car.

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Trail of Hope
Trail of Hope

Inland Trails Around Rochester

  1. Finger Lakes Trail
  2. Brickyard Trail
  3. Indian Hill
  4. Historic Erie Canal Trails
  5. Whiting Road Nature Preserve
  6. Mackay Wildlife Preserve
  7. Indian Fort Nature Preserve
  8. Great Bear Recreation Area
  9. Monkey Run
  10. Domine Trail
  11. Turtle Pond
  12. Royal Coach Trails
  13. Groveland Secondary
  14. Baltimore Woods
  15. Trail of Hope
  16. Town of Lockport Nature Trails
  17. Alasa Farms
  18. Sanctuary at Crowfield Farm
Little Rock City in Rock City New York State Forest
Little Rock City in Rock City State Forest

Department of Environmental Conservation Lands

  1. Sugar Hill State Forest
  2. Zoar Valley Multiple Use Area
  3. Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve
  4. Rock City and McCarty Hill State Forest
  5. Bare Hill Unique Area
  6. Rush Oak Openings Unique Area
  7. Hemlock-Canadice State Forest
  8. Sonyea State Forest
  9. High Tor Wildlife Management Area
  10. Catharine Creek Marsh Wildlife Management Area

4 Rock Cities Near Rochester

Explore these cool, quiet, mossy rock cities near Rochester, with boulders the size of houses! You’ll love Panama Rocks, Rock City Park, Little Rock City, and Thunder Rocks in Allegany State Park.

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Geologic History of the Rochester Area

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

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Panama Rocks Scenic Park

Watch your footing, know your limits, and use common sense when it comes to climbing on the boulders at Panama Rocks Scenic Park.

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Hiking Checklist NY DEC
NY DEC 10 Hiking Essentials Checklist

Hike smart!

Check weather and trail conditions, regulations, and advisories before you travel. Have an alternative plan ready to ensure you can make the most of your time in the Adirondacks.

Know before you go: Before heading out on a hike, ask yourself this important question first: Am I prepared for any situation?

Run through a checklist of all gear, food, and clothing needed before leaving to be sure you have everything.

Does the weather look clear for my hike, or is there a chance of rain, thunderstorms, snow, wind, hail, etc?

When does the sun set? Always bring a headlamp and extra batteries with you in case your hike takes longer than expected.

Cell phone batteries are unreliable and will more than likely die on your hike down when using it as a flashlight. They also tend to die more quickly in colder temperatures.

Carrying a paper map of your route along with notes of where junctions are, trail marker colors, and trail conditions will ensure you are always staying on the correct trail.  Cell phones are not reliable in the Adirondacks due to poor service.

Leave your trip plans including start time and expected time of return with someone in case your cell phone dies and you do not return on time.

This person should also know the emergency dispatch number and should know to call immediately if you do not return within your expected time frame.

Where are your favorite hiking trails around Rochester?

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