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71 Hiking Trails Around Rochester

These hiking trails around Rochester are much less traveled than those in our park systems. They are more secluded, rustic, and even in the best of times are excellent places to immerse yourself in nature.

30 day trips within 30 minutes of Rochester: Braddock Bay Fish and Wildlife Management Area at Marina
Braddock Bay Marina Trail
Saint Bernards park on the GRT
Saint Bernard’s park on the GRT
Wayne County Butterfly Trail Lock 30
Wayne County Butterfly Trail at Lock 30
Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge
Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge
Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge trail
Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge

Waterside Trails

  1. Braddock Bay Marina
  2. Genesee Riverway Trail
  3. Butterfly Nature Trail
  4. Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge
  5. Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge
  6. Beatty Point
  7. Manchester Gateway
  8. Seneca Meadows
  9. Thomas Creek Wetlands Walk
  10. Tifft Nature Preserve
  11. Outer Harbor and Greenway
  12. Sterling Nature Center
  13. Bergen Swamp
  14. Huckleberry Swamp
  15. Whistlewood
  16. Wolcott Falls Hiking Trail
  17. Palmyra Wetland Nature Trail
Lehigh Valley Rail Trail Honeoye Creek
Lehigh Valley Rail Trail crossing Honeoye Creek near Rochester Junction
30 Day Trips within 30 Minutes of Rochester: Old Canal Lock 62
Old Canal Lock 62
Greater Rochester Region - Keuka Outlet Trail
Keuka Outlet Trail
Solitude on the Lehigh Valley Trail
Lehigh Valley Trail
Ontario Pathways trail head NY-20
Ontario Pathways
Erie-Attica Rail Trail bridge over Genesee River
Erie-Attica Rail Trail
Lehigh Valley Trail Wadsworth Junction Genesee Valley Greenway
Wadsworth Junction on GVT

Rail Trails

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

Genesee Land Trust

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

Other Preserves

  1. Whiting Road Nature Preserve
  2. Thousand Acre Swamp Preserve
Rush Oak Openings Unique Area
Rush Oak Openings Unique Area
Hemlock Lake Robs Trail walking sticks
Rob’s Trail
Little Rock City in Rock City New York State Forest
Little Rock City

DEC State Land

  1. Rush Oak Openings Unique Area
  2. Hemlock-Canadice State Forest
  3. Rock City and McCarty Hill State Forest
  4. Sugar Hill State Forest
  5. Zoar Valley Multiple Use Area
  6. Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve
  7. Bare Hill Unique Area
  8. Sonyea State Forest
  9. Ossian State Forest
  10. Rattlesnake Hill State Wildlife Management Area
  11. High Tor Wildlife Management Area
  12. Catharine Creek Marsh Wildlife Management Area
Trail of Hope
Trail of Hope
Brickyard Trail
Brickyard Trail
Ontario County Park Gannett Hill Jump Off Trail
Jump Off – FLX Trail

More Inland Trails

  1. Trail of Hope
  2. Brickyard Trail
  3. Finger Lakes Trail
  4. Historic Erie Canal Trails
  5. Indian Hill
  6. Indian Fort Nature Preserve
  7. Great Bear Recreation Area
  8. Monkey Run
  9. Domine Trail
  10. Turtle Pond
  11. Royal Coach Trails
  12. Groveland Secondary
  13. Baltimore Woods
  14. Town of Lockport Nature Trails
  15. Alasa Farms
  16. Sanctuary at Crowfield Farm
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.

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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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 Holes

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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52 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.

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

Venture into one of these New York State Parks within a two 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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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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37 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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32 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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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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Where are your favorite hiking trails around Rochester?

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COVID-19 NOTE: Please follow the most current recommendations from the CDC and New York State for spending time away from your home.

The great outdoors can provide a well needed respite & escape during stressful times. Please move quickly through parking lots, trail heads, and scenic areas. If crowded, choose a different park, trail, or time to visit. Please day trip responsibly and locally—seek solitude!