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The 10 Best Parks In Rochester


1. Cobb’s Hill Park

Cobb’s Hill Park is located in the city’s southeast area and features 109 acres of beauty, recreation, and scenic trails. At the park’s highest point, a walking trail offers one of the city’s best views. A collection of lilacs and original tree plantings makes this park a horticultural gem at the road level. Cobbs Hill Park remains a Rochester feature into the twenty-first century and is used by joggers running the reservoir trail, sled riders gliding down the hill, sports enthusiasts playing on the athletic fields, or people partaking in the views or nature walks.


2. Turning Point Park

Located in the Charlotte neighborhood near Lake Ontario on Rochester’s northwest side, Turning Point Park covers 275 wooded acres along the banks of the Genesee River. Hiking and biking trails will help you discover the park’s distinct areas, from the wooded oak forest called “Bullock’s Woods” to the cattail-lined shores of the river. Turning Point’s boardwalk and trail won the American Public Works Associations’“Transportation Project of the Year” Award. The park’s trail continues to connect to the Genesee Riverway Trail. Take the trail and explore over 16 miles of Rochester by reaching Ontario Beach Park to the north of downtown to the south.


3. Genesee Valley Park

Genesee Valley Park, originally named “South Park,” is located on the south side of Rochester, New York, along the Genesee River’s shores. The New York State Barge Canal crosses the Genesee River within the park. The University of Rochester is located near the park’s north entrance. The park was formed from land first acquired by the Park Commission. Genesee Valley Park is among the many parks in New York state designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. In Rochester, other Frederick Law Olmsted parks include Highland Park, Maplewood Park, and Seneca Park, a zoo. Genesee Valley Park covers 800 acres and features two public golf courses and a recreational area.


4. Durand Eastman Park

Durand Eastman Park is a 977-acre park located partly in Rochester and partly in Irondequoit, New York. It is administered by the Monroe County Parks Department under agreements with the City of Rochester and the Town of the Irondequoit. The 977-acre park contains several lakes; the two largest are Durand Lake, and Eastman Lake. The park’s northern boundary is defined by 5,000 feet (1,500m) of lake Ontario coastline. The most commonly used parts of the park are within Rochester; the more remote areas are part of Irondequoit.


5. Maplewood Park

Maplewood Park, also known as Seneca Park West, is a landscaped public park in Rochester, New York, situated between Lake Avenue and the Genesee River. The two-mile-long park features many trails along the river gorge and riverbank below, scenic views of two waterfalls, and a nationally accredited Rose Garden. The park was laid out by landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, who also designed nearby Highland Park, Genesee Valley Park, and Seneca Park, a zoo. The present-day park site was located along the Underground Railroad, where Douglas and Harriet Tubman helped shuttle slaves to freedom.


6. Ellison Park

At 447 acres, Ellison Park has the beauty of natural woodlands combined with steep slopes and the Irondequoit Creek level flood plain. Ellison has 5 softball diamonds, 1 multi-use athletic field, and playground. Tennis courts are located in the park off Blossom Road and are lined for Pickleball. There is one designated sledding hill located in Ellison Park. A non-motorized/car-top boat launch by the Circle Shelter allows you to boat in Irondequoit Creek. Fishing is also allowed. Ellison Park has many trails; their locations are shown on the trail map. Fort Schuyler is another attraction that the park offers; this replica of the original Fort is a great attraction for the whole family. The park office is located at 395 Rich’s Dugway, Rochester, NY 14625. This park’s main entrance is located east of route 590 on Blossom Road in Penfield.


7. Lucien Morin Park

Marsh area popular with canoers & kayakers also offers birdwatching, fishing, hiking & geocaching. Lucien Morin Park is located on the north side of Ellison Park and continues to Irondequoit Bay. This marsh area is great for canoe and kayak access to the bay. An additional 12 acres were acquired in the wetlands area. Lucien Morin Park has a carry-in-carry-out rule, which means you must take all your garbage with you for disposal after leaving the park. All pets must be leashed, and you are responsible for cleaning up after them.


8. Webster Park

At Webster Park, you’ll discover 550 acres of beautiful evergreen-planted slopes, rolling lakeshore breakers, and cool green valleys. Located along the shore of Lake Ontario, this Monroe County Park even has a fishing pier. There are tennis/pickleball courts, a scout/youth camping area, and a family Trailer/Tent campground in the park. Webster Park is located at 255 Holt Road, Webster, New York 14580, in the northeastern portion of the county, on Lake Ontario. Enter the park from Lake Road or Holt Road. Webster Park is open daily from 7:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. and has a Carry-in Carry-out rule, which means you must take all your garbage with you for disposal after leaving the park. All pets must be leashed, and you are responsible for cleaning up after them.


9. Lomb Memorial Park

Lomb Memorial Park is a small park in the Upper Falls neighborhood, bounded by Lowell Street, St. Paul Street, and Upper Falls Boulevard. It is named for Henry C. Lomb, who is memorialized with a 48-foot obelisk erected in 1932.


10. High Falls

The High Falls is one of three voluminous waterfalls on the Genesee River that flow through the city of Rochester in New York. The High Falls are located about 2 miles upstream from the lower falls and act as their source. The High Falls area was the site of much of Rochester’s early industrial development, where the industry was powered by falling water. Brown’s Race diverted water from above the falls and was used to feed various flour mills and industries; today, the water is used to produce hydroelectric power. The High Falls may be viewed from the Pont De Rennes bridge, a pedestrian bridge that spans the Genesee River a few hundred feet from the falls base.

Posted on March 4, 2021

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