Family Walks in the Rochester, NY Area

Third Edition
Fully Revised and Expanded
Covers 67 Trails.



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Take A Hike reveals the little known places and hidden gems of the Rochester, New York State.

The walks, rambles, strolls, and hikes in this book are designed for people who delight in exploring unique or little-known places. The trails lead through forests, fields, marshes, hills, and arboretums where you can enjoy the natural world. This book will help you learn more about local history, get much-needed exercise, enjoy nature, or find new places to walk your dog.
With this guide, you’ll be able to explore the Rochester area with ease and confidence. Each of the 67 walks is rated for difficulty, type of terrain, and described by length and estimated time required. In addition, you’ll know how to easily find the trails and parking.

 “It's rare as a book reviewer that you find something to rave about - but then that's what makes a special catch so special. Such a book is Take A Hike. You know you've found a good hiking guide when the corners of the pages are well-thumbed and there are bookmarks and souvenirs (like pressed leaves) in between pages after only a few months.” Jillian St. Jacques, The Greece Post

“Imagine hiking through the Lost City of Tryon, navigating Plaster Woods, and exploring Hardwood Swamp. Such names conjure images of exotic getaways. But actually, these are local hiking trails featured in Take A Hike.” Ellen Rosen, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

“The greater Rochester area has plenty of trails for you and the kids to enjoy and explore the great outdoors. And locating those trails has never been easier thanks to Take A Hike.” Beth Pessin, Genesee Valley Parent


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Table of Contents  

How To Use This Book
Map Legend
Directions and Guidelines
Preparation and Safety
Dogs Welcome!

Walks Northwest of Rochester

1   Owl Migration Trail
2   Cranberry Pond Nature Trail
3   Beatty Point Park Trail
4   Genesee Riverway Trail
5   Greece Canal Park Trail
6   Farm Artifact Trail
7   Springdale Farm Trail
8   Northampton Ski Loop Trail

Walks Southwest of Rochester
9    Creek & Ridge Loop Trail    compass.gif (1320 bytes)  MAP
10  Wetland & Ridge Loop Trail
11  Black Creek Field Loop Trail
12  Genesee Country Nature Center Trails
13  MacKay Wildlife Refuge
14  Plaster Woods Trail
15  Quinn Oak Openings
16  Tinker Nature Park Trails
17  Genesee Valley Greenway — Rochester
18  Genesee Valley Greenway — Scottsville

Walks Southeast of Rochester
19  Isaac Gordon Nature Park
20  Devil’s Bathtub Trail
21  Birdsong Trail
22  Quaker Pond Trail
23  North Meadow & East Esker Trails
24  Mendon Grasslands Trail
25  Royal Coach Trail
26  Fishers Park Trail
27  Ganondagan State Historic Site / Dryer Road Park
28  Seneca Trail
29  Monkey Run Trail
30  MaryFrances Bluebird Haven
31  Daffodil Trail
32  Irondequoit Creek Trail
33  Fish Hatchery Trail
34  Lollypop Farm Trail
35  Indian Hill Section - Crescent Trail   compass.gif (1320 bytes)    MAP
36  Cartersville - Great Embankment Loop Trail
37  Historic Erie Canal & Railroad Loop Trail
38  McCoord Woods Section - Crescent Trail
39  Horizon Hill Section - Crescent Trail
40  Ganargua Creek Meadow Preserve
41  Beechwoods Park Trail
42  The Trails at High Acres
43  Wetlands Section - Crescent Trail

Walks Northeast of Rochester
44  Philbrick Park Trails
45  Veteran’s Memorial Park - Penfield
46  Wild Iris Trail
47  Harris Whalen Trail
48  Corbett’s Glen Trails
49  Thousand Acre Swamp Trail
50  Coyote Den Trail
51  Lost City of Tryon Trail
52  Rifle Range Trail
53  Webster Arboretum Trail
54  Webster Hojack Trail
55  North Ponds & Bird Sanctuary Trails
56  Gosnell Big Woods Preserve
57  Trails of Tryon Park
58  Olmsted/Seneca Trail
59  Helmer Nature Center Trails
60  Turning Point Park & Bullock’s Woods Preserve
61  Eastman Lake Trail

Walks in Central Rochester
62  Seth Green Trail    compass.gif (1320 bytes)   MAP
63  Grove Place Walk
64  Corn Hill District Walk
65  Reservoir Trail & Washington Grove
66  Lilac Trail
67  Brighton Town Park Trail

Trails by Length
Trails that contain a Wheelchair Accessible Segment
Trails by Difficulty
Trails to Waterfalls
Educational Trails
Historical Trails
Trails with a View
Trails with a Horticultural Flair
Trails to View Wildlife or Farm Animals
Trails for Horseback Riding
Trails for Bicycle Riding
Trails for Cross-Country Skiing
Word Index
About the Authors

67 trails
117 photos & maps
size: 5.5" X 8.5"
paperback, 288 pages
ISBN: 978-1-930480-14-8
Published October 2010

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