Old Rifle Range Trail

MODERATE 51 reviews
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Old Rifle Range Trail is a 3.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Rochester, New York that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
472 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

views

bugs

old growth

hiking
4 months ago

One of my favorite places to hike locally - that and Abe Lincoln right around the corner. Great little bit of trail system going down to the wet area with some neat streams (people kayak through). A little hilly but that adds to the fun. I recommend this to anyone as there are ways to make it easier or shorter if needed, or enough places to explore around for a few hours.

4 months ago

Love this hike! The trails are a little confusing at first, but there is always great wildlife encounter. The park is full of deer, chipmunk, squirrels, plenty of birds, and at the creek I always see turtles and frogs. This is a great hike during the winter too. You can really see the old rifle range with all the leaves gone. Typically, there is very little traffic, which could also be why I like this park so much.

hiking
5 months ago

Very buggy. Trails are marked but confusing. Was trying to loop and ended going back out on same trail. Would not do again.

5 months ago

Won't let me give it only 1 star. Didn't hike it. A friend and her niece had their rear windows smashed out in the parking lot. Don't want mine done.

walking
5 months ago

we went here because it was marked dog friendly. unless you have a very independent dog, I would not recommend it. trails were incredibly steep in some spots, and we lost sight of the trail it was so overgrown in others. I'd say this is more meant for hiking and mountain bike riding.

hiking
5 months ago

First time coming here, nice trails, not badly marked. Lots of bugs as to be expected some trails were over grown with that said there was a gentleman near the old rifle range clearing brush back from trails with a machete.

6 months ago

some news views but paths are noy clear and bugs were horrible

hiking
7 months ago

Hiked the blue, white, and some of the red trail. Good elevation changes and marked trails.

hiking
7 months ago

Really surprised at the trail system here. Well marked and groomed. Diverse terrain. Two of us and a dog hiked blue through the center of the area and then white along the water / marsh area.

hiking
8 months ago

Love this trail. Can be hard to follow the markings, but the neat history you see and the varied landscape is awesome.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

my favorite trail in Rochester

hiking
Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Nice trail. Lots of hills, some parts pretty muddy this time of year. Definitely good to take a picture of the map in the parking lot and use the map in this app to figure out the 3 mile loop. There are lots of intersecting trails in this park. Mostly I followed the white trail down to and along the water and then hopped on the yellow trail coming back. It was a nice hike and good exercise.

hiking
Sunday, January 01, 2017

Great hike though the woods near water. Trails are clearly marked but this apps trail takes you on at least 2 colors. Easy to follow the trails even covered in leaves. Think I did white, yellow, red, blue and some of trail (which is where I saw the deer).

hiking
Saturday, November 05, 2016

Great trails, well marked and clear! We'll definitely be back again!

hiking
Monday, August 22, 2016

great exercise with lots of up and downs, took a pic of the map before i went in helped alot

hiking
Sunday, July 31, 2016

The trails themselves are well used but they are not very well marked. The intersection areas where multiple trails come together just have a sign but no map. If you don't remember what the map at the road says or you don't have a phone with you then you may end up in circles pretty easily.

Trails are tight up and downs and not friendly for biking.

I'd hike here again because it's a great work out. The bugs are bad in the summer for sure.

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Loved it

hiking
Monday, June 20, 2016

Nice trails, quality hike, with views to inlets, people kayaking and canoeing. The only problem is that some areas of the trails aren't marked very well. We wound up getting off of marked trails, and found ourselves almost 2 hours walk from the car, in a residential neighborhood. Aside from that, a great place to hike in Rochester.

hiking
Sunday, May 15, 2016

I've enjoyed hiking the trails at Lucien Morin Park. it's great to see the military history hasn't been erased completely.

the rifle range trail is named for the rifle range used by the national guard for training soldiers for the korean war.

follow the rifle range trail to get to the rifle range and target pit. there is also a pistol range and pit too.

the white gazebo is a former officers watchtower. Prior to use by the National Guard, a private gun club housed in a mansion occuoied the land in the 1920s. before that, it was agricultural, and if you hike in the spring you will see apple blossoms (most are growing on the hillside near the officer tower).

hiking
Sunday, April 24, 2016

Nice time. Three plus miles, heart pounding, saw a snake, good inclines. One or two spots where the trail was being lost by edge of hills.

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