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Mount Hope Cemetery Trail is a 2.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Rochester, New York that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 2.4 mi Elevation gain 180 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Wheelchair friendly Kid friendly Stroller friendly Mountain biking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Running Partially paved Views Wild flowers Wildlife
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Set in a picturesque landscape shaped by retreating glaciers, the cemetery features more than 80 mausoleums, soaring Egyptian obelisks, winged angels of mercy, a Florentine cast-iron fountain, two stone chapels in Gothic Revival style, a Moorish gazebo, and infinitely varied tombstones.

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Bryan Allen
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Chelsea Kehrli
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Katie Hollfelder
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Brought my stroller and there was only one section that was challenging because of cobblestone. Other than that it was all paved roads. Beautiful sights, adequate tree coverage. Love this walk.

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Jules T
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As mentioned, this isn’t a hike, but it’s a very interesting bike ride or walk. Nice hills and a lot of history! Look for Frederick Douglass memorial and Susan B Anthony’s grave.

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Court S
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bryn newman
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A wagon with babies was a pain. stroller would be fine

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Don Kamin
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As others have said, a nice interesting walk - though not much of a “hike.”

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Max McGinnis
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Natalie Mooney
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Although this is a peaceful walk, I don’t know if I’d necessarily call it a hike. I was mainly walking on a paved path for cars to drive on...not a trail. Not to mention for the last like 15 min of the hike all I could hear were sirens. I like being in the woods and on a trail escaping city noise. Still, a very enjoyable walk—I had a nice time and was able to clear my head! I also would like to try this again during the summer when I am able to see more of the grassy trails.

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Julie Cherry
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I would call this more of a walk than a hike. Beautiful fall foliage this time of year. I visited Frederick Douglass and Susan B Anthony grave sites. Lots of Rochester history here.

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Yovi Bruno
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This is my place of introspection. I come here often right after a therapy appointment or a routine check. I ride my bike from the 19th Ward here, which is about 6 miles. I love this place. The volunteer/paid caretakers do their job well. It is rare to find trash. A lot of people walking their dogs, joggers, or hikers like me. So much history! Fredrick Douglass and his two wives, and Susan B. Anthony and her family. It’s amazing how this place in the middle of a city is so quiet and serene. I bring close friends here and share with them the gift of introspection. Enjoy your hike, bike or jog!

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Karen Wink
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Interesting reading the different stones.Nice little hike.

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Roger Wink
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Beautiful and fascinating walk through time.

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Jackson Stoner
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Very peaceful place. I saw the graves of Susan B Anthony and the founder of the place where I landed my first job as a paperboy for the Times Union (Frank Gannett). Time and Mother Nature have tumbled quite a few of the grave stones - but it didn’t seem to take anything away from the experience. Enjoy!

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Shayna MacLarty
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Great hike. Very beautiful and dog friendly.

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Jeremy Smythe
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Very peaceful walk. Rollling hills and lots of trees. It is a historic place and a nice viist.

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Mike Sudz
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Nice walk with some hills. Surprising amount of deer. Lots of tombstones in disarray, knocked over, etc. If you bring your dog pick up their pop

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Miles Falsion
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Peaceful, big, and also serves as the final resting place to Frederick Douglas. The Civil Rights activist during the Civil War.

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Wes Mahle
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Picturesque, with lots of historical value as well! Especially beautiful in the fall!

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Gavin Jenkins
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Awesome, historical space. Great elevation making this a tougher run or walk. Everything is paved road.

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Friedrich Griessel
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You get a glimpse into the better days of Rochester, back when when the city was prospering. Would definitely recommend.

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Staci M
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It's a nice scenic walk through the historic Mt. Hope Cemetery. People should know it's mainly trails on roads as a heads up.

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Jessica Griffin
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Took my kids and it was amazing. So beautiful even with the rain. plan to do the other half this week.

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Tessa Sulimowicz
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such a neat place to go on a long walk/hike. holds so much history and it's so cool to see all the coliseums and headstones from the late 1800s and early 1900s. would definitely recommend. you also get a great workout with the hills that are there!

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Bonnie Mundorff
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Beautiful! Great scenery!! Hilly, open spaces!!!

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Ian Steele-Avery
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I'm pretty partial to this one since I grew up in the neighborhood and came here a lot growing up but it's nice for a walk. I would definitely say don't run it because you could trip over a small headstone or grave marker and wreck your day not to mention if there are people there grieving, the last thing they want is you running them over.

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Kurt Cantin
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I have always lived near Mt. Hope Cemetery and it has been my place to run with my dogs, hike and mountain bike and party when I was a teen. I am not sure who put this 14+ mile trail in but I suppose you could take all the many trails and end to end get 14+ miles. It is mainly technical short trails all over the place and mountain biking is not "allowed" off road there; but a lot of us do it because of the technical challenge in the old hilly sections. Having lived literally across the street or on the other side of Highland Park I know it like the back of my hand. If you are not careful there are many low and hidden headstones that will take you and your bike out. Also, many old rusted iron fence pickets and water pipes that will impale you. It happened to my friend and he ended up in Highland Hospital; though he was trying to hop the fence. Be respectful it is after all a cemetery. The residents of the cemetery do not complain :) but some of the visitors find it disrespectful so be stealthy and stick to the old hilly areas and do not hit any headstones or cause damage! You can also tie this in with the city trails network starting there and then head east through the back high ground areas of Highland Park then Pinicle hill (private land but open with lots of steep climbs), Cobbs Hill/Washington Groove park (also not biking legal so be careful) and then down Winton Road to Tryon Park, West Bay (biking is legal)... and so on. It is a long ride, many climbs and some really challenging trails. Other than some quick rides on pavement between sections it is all off road single track. Most people do not even realize you can ride for 30+ miles of single track in the middle of Rochester with a few thousand feet of climbs when you take all the many park trails in. It takes some time to find your way but look on line at Tryon Bike, GROC and other helpful sites that have some trails maps. Explore it and you will not be disappointed but, again do not be to obvious! Not many people in these areas but rarely, someone will yell at you if you are in one of the "no ride" sections.

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Vera Grudko
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Jenna Stundtner
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Tracie Henning
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