Corbett's Glen

MODERATE 102 reviews

Corbett's Glen is a 3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near East Rochester, New York that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, birding, and cross country skiing and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
236 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

walking

cross country skiing

forest

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

This 52-acre parcel includes: 2 miles of 8 ft. wide trails A boardwalk area A deck viewing area A seating area that overlooks Postcard Falls Restrooms and garbage receptacles are not available in this park. Once a privately-owned park, Corbetts Glen was such a premier attraction for the Rochester area, its picturesque landscape is immortalized in postcards and the memories of the locals. Even when devastated by pollution and threatened by surrounding development, the Allens Creek Valley, in which the Glen lies, continued to be a draw for scenic walks, family picnics, and photography. Hidden away in the development-packed Rochester suburb of Penfield, the Glen continues to serve as a small slice of nature for the community to enjoy. The pebble-lined Allens Creek enters the park as visitors do, through the vaulted stone arch of the railway bridge. It is this tunnel that gives visitors a feeling of entering another world; one that really shouldn't be here, as they leave the busy expressways and business complexes above, and follow Allens Creek as it winds around glacial formations and drops over several small frothy cascades. Tunnel Falls, lying just as the creek emerges from beneath the vine-covered stone of the rail bridge, is the first of many lovely scenes that is remembered long after leaving. Two additional cascades, although small in size, shake up the creek and provide a little excitement in this otherwise serene landscape. In addition to the three cascades, the southern part of the park carries hikers around rolling glacial moraines left from the last ice age, wetland marsh that is as saturated with wildlife as it is with water, and a wind-swept meadow in the heart of it all. Being an oasis of green within an urban jungle, migrating birds often use the valley as a stop-over on their long journeys. Over 100 species have been spotted here. The northern end is perfect for an afternoon shaded walk through deciduous and mixed woodland. The trails here are well-maintained and spotting local wildlife is unavoidable. The Corbetts Glen neighborhood is friendly and very protective of the park. The town of Brightons plans for adjacent development are an immediate danger to the health of this isolated ecosystem. If you would like to join the movement to help protect this Monroe County treasure, please support the ACCGPG.

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18 days ago

Pretty cool trail! Love the waterfalls and sounds. Kids 3 and 2 years old had a blast!

hiking
19 days ago

trail running
23 days ago

This is a short trail close to where I stay when I'm working in Rochester.

I completed the full trail twice. It's flat except for two short dips, only about 15 feet down and up but it's a strait vertical. It's split into 2 sections each around a mile out and back. I wouldn't make this an every day run as you'd get bored after a while but for once in a while when traveling, it's fine.

There were a lot of people on the trail when I was there (6pm, May). It sits in between a commuter trail and houses so you don't get a complete "woodsy" feel.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
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walking
1 month ago

This is a very nicely maintained trail. I do not think it warrants a moderate difficulty rating. The bird life and their sounds around the swamp area were absolutely a beautiful concert to experience.

1 month ago

This is one of our favorite local trails. It's easy to find and has decent parking available. It's easy enough the kids can do it with ease and we love that our dog can come along. The trail is generally well maintained and clean. The kids love wading in the water and the boardwalk.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

A very pleasant hike. I enjoyed hiking in the water. Just a warning to those who are planning on going here soon, be careful with the handrail on the upper tunnel bridge, it was coated with a wet tar that was really hard to get out of my jacket.

walking
2 months ago

Love, love, love. The lower loop by the Creek is easy. The walk from Penfield Rd to the Creek is more challenging.

2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Easy trail for all ages and busy on nice weekends. I would give it more stars but there is limited parking at both entrances and I received a parking ticket for $25. Also make sure you check yourself and pets for ticks. Found two crawling on my dog.

2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

2 months ago

Trails too close to the road.