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!

Rail-Trails Around Rochester

Greater Rochester Region - Keuka Outlet Trail
Seneca Mills Falls on the Keuka Outlet Trail
  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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Waterside & Wetland Trails

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge trail
Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge
  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 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 creeks around Rochester impact us in such subtle ways they sometimes disappear into the background of our lives. Our creeks provide us with opportunities for recreation and relaxation.

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48 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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Genesee Land Trust
Public Trails

30 Day Trips within 30 Minutes of Rochester: Erie Canal Fairport Thomas Creek Boardwalk
  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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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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Finger Lakes Land Trust
Public Trails

Approaching Second Waterfall Grimes Glen
Grimes Glen
  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 Around Rochester 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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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.

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Inland Trails Around Rochester

MacKay Wildlife Preserve
MacKay Wildlife Preserve
  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


Department of Environmental
Conservation Lands

Little Rock City in Rock City New York State Forest
Little Rock City in Rock City State Forest
  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

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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