Braddock Bay Marina Trail

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.

Table of Contents

  1. Waterside Trails
  2. Rail Trails
  3. Genesee Land Trust
  4. DEC State Lands
  5. More Inland Trails
Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge autumn boardwalk view
Iroquois NWR
Saint Bernards park on the GRT
GRT at Saint Bernard’s
Wayne County Butterfly Trail Lock 30
Lock 30 Butterfly
Braddock Bay Marina Trail
Braddock Bay Marina

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. Historic Erie Canal Trails
  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 Rochester Junction
Rochester Junction
30 Day Trips within 30 Minutes of Rochester: Old Canal Lock 62
Lock 62
Greater Rochester Region - Keuka Outlet Trail
Keuka Outlet
Solitude on the Lehigh Valley Trail
Lehigh Valley

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
Whiting Road Nature Preserve
Gosnell Big Woods Preserve
Cornwall Preserve

Genesee Land Trust

  1. Christine Sevilla Wetlands Preserve
  2. Corwall Preserve
  3. Ganargua Creek Meadow Preserve
  4. Gosnell Big Woods Preserve
  5. Manitou Beach Preserve
  6. Hipp Brook Preserve
  7. Eva and Harlan Braman Preserve
  8. Brookdale Preserve
  9. Island Cottage Woods Preserve
  10. Kraai 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
Hemlock Lake Robs Trail walking sticks
Rob’s Trail
Little Rock City in Rock City New York State Forest
Little Rock City
Reinstein Woods autumn pond
Reinstein Woods

DEC State Land

  1. Rush Oak Openings Unique Area
  2. Hemlock-Canadice State Forest
  3. Rock City and McCarty Hill State Forest
  4. Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve
  5. Sugar Hill State Forest
  6. Zoar Valley Multiple Use Area
  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. Indian Hill
  5. Beatty Point
  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.

13 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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18 Beautiful Boardwalks

These boardwalks are incorporated into larger trail systems to help people meander through wetlands, or to help preserve wildlife.

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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.

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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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21 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 spectacular trails off your list!

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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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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.