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Go day after it rains.

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

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
2 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.

trail running
3 months ago

Parking at the end of Boxart. Not really a "trail" run but a beautiful run all the same.

4 months ago

It was a relatively flat walk. First part was across a long bridge then into the woods on wood chip covered trails. Nice walk out and back.

Nice views great for family walks

If you are here for scenic views, be disappointed. If you are here to see nature and beautiful forest and wetland, look no farther. Birds sing, even late in the year. Deer bound across your way, and it is beautiful. A heron takes flight from the marshes and settles down again a distance away. Bring hiking boots, due to the mud. The trails are easily accessible, and at this time of year, the trails are mostly clear, save for the odd person Nordic walking the trails. However, the trail length of 7.5 miles is misleading. I followed the purple, then the green trails, and it came out to something like 4.0 miles. If you hiked all of the trails together, including the red and blue, you'd probably come out to 7.5 miles. Overall, though, it's definitely a place I'd come back to again, for hiking, birding, and just watching wildlife.

Beautiful paved loops, and opportunities to go off-trail to explore over 10,000 plant varieties. The nearby Lamberton Conservatory is also worth a visit.

Enjoyable and short look at the unique urban falls (overlook and pedestrian bridge). Take the time to try food/drink at Genesee Brew House next door.

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

4 months ago

You have a view of the Genesee river through the trees. And at the end of the trail is stairs that go down to be able to see the cascading waterfalls. One of the boards on the stairs is loose. Overall a nice walk. Not a hard walk as described.

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

I love the walk in the park.Enough variety..hills, scenery and steps.Feels like a good stretch when done.Some areas are isolated so I drag the husband along.

I used to play paintball here as a child. I like that it's still managed and available for hikes .

5 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.

Nice scenic oath. Mostly flat. I do wish that they did not blactop the path.

5 months ago

Park at lot at the end Of Boxart Street and go north to the Lake and return. About 4.5 miles round trip. Nice river views and wildlife.

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.

5 months ago

Good shade, not too tough. Bring a fishing pole!

Great trail took my 5, 7 and 13 year old kids. They did it easy.

Was able to walk to Lake Ontario from the parking lot and back. Very dog friendly park! Scenic views and even saw some deer.

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

The main trail is alright and the water is pretty, but the side trails are full of graffiti spray painted on trees and garbage on the ground. Also, if you bring a dog, be careful as there is broken glass in many places on both trails.

This is a great place to walk your dog. Peaceful and pretty, usually several other people there.

This is a nice path with a neat view of the Rochester skyline. I always see lots of people running around the reservoir.

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