Erie Attica Rail Trail in Rush, NY over the Genesee River

45 Trails that Are Not Just a Walk in the Park

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

Trails Around Rochester - Lehigh Valley Rail-Trail intersection at Wadsworth Junction on the Genesee Greenway Trail
Wadsworth Junction: Just south of Scottsville where the Greenway and Lehigh Valley Trails connect.

  1. Genesee Valley Greenway Rail Trail
  2. Lehigh Valley Rail Trail
  3. Erie-Attica Rail Trail
  4. Keuka Outlet Rail Trail
  5. Ontario Pathways Rail Trail
  6. Auburn Rail Trail
  7. Auburn-Fleming Rail Trail
  8. Pittsford Rail Trail Loop
  9. Cato-Fair Haven Rail Trail
  10. Rochester, Syracuse and Eastern Rail Trail
  11. Great Gorge Rail Trail

Waterside Trails Around Rochester

Trails Around Rochester - Rochester Secret Hidden Sidewalk in Charlotte along Beach Ave
Rochester’s Hidden Sidewalk in Charlotte

  1. Hidden Sidewalk
  2. Genesee Riverway Trail
  3. Beatty Point
  4. Rob’s Trail Hemlock Lake
  5. Manchester Gateway
  6. Thomas Creek Wetland 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

Inland Natural Trails Around Rochester

Trails Around Rochester - Indian Hill Perinton NY
Indian Hill in Perinton

  1. Indian Hill
  2. Historic Erie Canal Trails
  3. Perinton Trolley
  4. Whiting Road Nature Preserve
  5. Mackay Wildlife Preserve
  6. Indian Fort Nature Preserve
  7. Wesley Hill Nature Preserve
  8. Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve
  9. Great Bear Recreation Area
  10. Gosnell Big Woods Preserve
  11. Monkey Run
  12. Domine
  13. Bare Hill
  14. Brickyard
  15. Turtle Pond
  16. Royal Coach Trails
  17. Groveland Secondary
  18. Rush Oak Openings Unique Area
  19. Baltimore Woods
  20. Trail of Hope
  21. Town of Lockport Nature Trails

Find even more ideas using a “Hit the Trail Passport“. Print your own or pick one up from select area Wegmans.

Note: This is an ever growing list. Do you know of one we’ve missed? Contact us and let us know!

Debi Bower

<p>Born, raised and living life as a digital designer in Rochester, NY! I am also a day-tripper, writer & photographer, exploring the nooks and crannies that make our part of New York State so special.</p>


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