Explore the most popular trails near Rochester with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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hiking
2 days ago

not a bad hike was mostly paved walkways. you can go off the beaten Trails but signs all over saying not to go down there ! was a very nice walk or hike! park is nice and the rose garden is beautiful ! I will be back to hike around some more !

cool view. fun breweries and downtown bars, and the bridge out over the river is fun, but the river trail is sporadic and messy

I thought it's was very fun and fairly easy. Great for mountain biking.

This is my everyday trail and area. I love it. Peaceful and serene with beautiful sights and sounds. Great for daily exercise, walking the dog, or a quick hike.

I would hardly call this a "hiking trail". Parking lot is sketchy and in a bad area. From there the "trail" goes down a paved roadway until you get to an RG&E facility that generates hydro electric power. The falls are cool to see and there appears to be a cave across the river. The mapped trail in the app takes a right hand turn before the falls and has you follow the river for a while. Trash litters the trail along with fishing line, syringes and condoms. You can cross the river to an "island" but I had to turn around when I got to a homeless camp. Would only go back to figure out how to get into the cave.

The falls were really pretty. The trails were covered in garbage, syringes, used condoms. Homeless tents everywhere too.

Nice set of trails. Word of warning to watch your foot in if it just recently rained. Trails can be very slick and steep! Very nice walk with the dogs however! Definitely recommended for a nice trek and many trails to weave through! Also watch for dogs off leash apparently!

hiking
11 days ago

Somewhat overgrown and very muddy.Probably better earlier in the year and not after the rain we just had.Very buggy but gave a good workout!

Very nice, we enjoyed our walk

17 days ago

Great, easy walk for the family!

Paved walkway. Nice view of the lower falls. Some broken bottles in the area so be careful of your footing. Take a quick walk across Driving Park and check out the rose garden and its beautiful blooms.

Trail let’s you hike out of the noise in the rest of the park. My dog loves going in and out of the creek!

Nice trail and well shaded. Perfect for a hot summer day.

The bugs were awful when I went and I ended up tying my shirt around my head to keep them out of my ears! It is a pretty trail though, and I didn't see anyone else on the weekday I was there. I saw some very cute little frogs the size of my pinky fingernail.

Take this trail from Boxart all the way to Ontario Beach Park and back! It is quite a walk, but enjoyable...I am guessing a little over 5 miles round trip.

trail running
1 month ago

Went running with my brother here last winter. Muddy as most of the trail is in fields. Would recommend spring/summer on dry days. Good for dog walking.

hiking
2 months ago

Amazing views and very peaceful

walking
2 months ago

Nice and easy walk with views to the falls through different points in the area. Crossing the bridge gives you panoramas of the city.

trail running
2 months ago

Great scenic trail with views. Beautiful area with a bridge that crosses part of the river. Hidden gem for sure!

hiking
2 months ago

This trail proved to be elusive and possibly non-existent as of today (5/23/18). I attempted to locate the trail off of Densmore Rd by parking in the Middle School lot as suggested on another site. I was unsuccessful. I looked along the creek south of the school with no luck. I looked along the north side, across the street from the school, with no luck. I drove over to Cranberry Landing and parked in the back. I walked along the back of the property and found what appeared to be the entrance at the far eastern end. This entrance was wide. However, a path was not marked and only by chance did I notice a small overgrown path to my left. I took a chance and started down a very steep slope. A short way in and I started to hear the water falling. I made my way to the falls and snapped a few pictures. I then attempted to walk along the overgrown path (I am on the south side of the creek). I walked East and the path ended abruptly. I turned back and walked West. Again, the path ended abruptly. Many large fallen trees on both ends. Overall, I would say that this is definitely hidden. The waterfall didn't have much water flowing today and the path was overgrown and appears to not have been maintained in some time.

hiking
2 months ago

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

Come here often throughout the year. Always a nice quick peaceful hike with great views.

hiking
4 months ago

Nice park with a variety of hilly areas. I thought the trails were clearly marked but I also referred back to the trail map on my phone. I liked the blue trail. I don’t think i’d take small children on the white part of the trial near the bay, as the one side of the trail drops off into the the bay. The only bummer was that there were some heavy industrial machines grinding trees on the other side of the bay and it’s was pretty loud (see photo). I think it was just bad luck that i went on a day where they were working.

Beautiful and scenic easy trail. A hidden gem in the area.

hiking
5 months ago

This park needs some maintenance! (I'm hoping it's because I went in winter and it will get cleaned up in the spring). There were trees down across the path - some climbing over/crawling under. The left path is super steep...watch out if it is muddy or icy (I'd recommend that most people avoid it under these conditions) but you do get some really nice views. I'll try this one again in summer/fall to see if it got cleaned up

Decent trail. some of the bridges could use some attention. It was muddy the day I visited but it was still a pleasant walk. I would visit again.

I started in the parking lot behind Panorama Plaza and the trail is not that pretty (behind businesses and an apartment complex) until after the 441 bridge, which is where Linear Park/Channing Philbrick Park is. The trail is well marked and has red blazes while inside the park. This trail is busy! It was very cold and drizzling and I saw at least 10 people. This would be good stroll with kids but I prefer less foot traffic. The trail just ends randomly (see picture). I would recommend starting at the park, not at the plaza like I did.

mountain biking
7 months ago

One of my favorite Rochester mtn biking parks. GROC has done a great job maintaining these trails. I also frequent these trails for running with my dogs

The start of the overlook loop from coyotes den is very steep. My dog and I did a great job getting up it but I was nervous for him! It’s a beautiful view once at the top.

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