trails around Rochester

75 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!

Trails Around Rochester: 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

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

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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Trails Around Rochester: Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge trail
Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge trail

Waterside & Wetland Trails Around Rochester

  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

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

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

132 Day Trips from Rochester, NY

We’ve pulled together a diverse list of day trips from Rochester, NY within an hour-and-a-half of Center City–perfect for quick getaways!

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Trails Around Rochester: 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

5 Roadside Attractions Worth Going Out of Your Way For

There are so many interesting roadside attractions near Rochester. As you’re driving around the area, you should at least see these five!

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MacKay Wildlife Preserve
MacKay Wildlife Preserve

Inland Natural 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. Little Rock City
  9. Great Bear Recreation Area
  10. Monkey Run
  11. Domine Trail
  12. Turtle Pond
  13. Royal Coach Trails
  14. Groveland Secondary
  15. Baltimore Woods
  16. Trail of Hope
  17. Town of Lockport Nature Trails
  18. Alasa Farms
  19. Sanctuary at Crowfield Farm

Water Trails: 58 Places to Explore Rochester’s Waterways

Depending on your definition, water trails are either formally marked routes along a navigable waterway, or simply any waterway suitable for canoes, kayaks, and small motorized watercraft.

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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

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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