Trails in the Rochester Metro Area
The links go to public sites or to my own descriptions of the trails.
My description of the Auburn Rail Trail,
going from the Brighton-Rochester line to Farmington.
Much of the best part of the trail goes through Victor. Here
is a link to the
Victor Hiking Trails
The "RIT - UR Trail",
as I call it, is part of the Lehigh Valley Trail, North Branch,
that, were it complete, would take you from downtown Rochester
to the main Lehigh Valley trail in Rush ... and it is almost
complete! The main Lehigh trail is mentioned below.
The Lehigh Valley Rail Trail goes through
It is a wide recently improved trail that even has a separate
lane for horses (although check out the conditions on the
equestrian side before you bring your horse there -- it's
rather stony, IMHO).
My latest addition is information on the so-called
Butterhole / El Camino Trail.
It is just a start. Where did they get this name from?!?
The Erie Canal
(yes, it still exists) has a trail paralleling
it most of the way from Buffalo to Albany.
Here are some maps.
I have been on it from Long Pond Road in Greece to the center of
Macedon. It is currently in very good shape. Most of that section is
paved. The part from Long Pond Road to the Rochester city line and
from Pittsford to Macedon, is tightly packed fine gravel and
dirt -- very easy walking or riding.
The Genesee Valley Greenway is the
long north-south trail in Rochester, extending south towards the
Pennsylvania border. When done, it will be about 90 miles long.
The Genesee Valley Greenway connects to the
Genesee Riverway Trail
at the Rochester city line. If you were heading north on the
Greenway, the Riverway Trail will get you all the way to a beach on
Lake Ontario, but the trail has some parts that are not complete,
and some that officially are done are actually specially marked
urban sidewalks. There is a brochure you can download. Here is the
and here is the
(Those are PDF files that did not display with Adobe Acrobat,
but they showed up fine in Ghostview. Go figure.)
The Keuka Lake Outlet Trail
is one of my favorite short trails. It's a rail trail, but quite crooked
(coincidentally "Crooked Lake"
is the old name for Keuka Lake), and with several 19th
Finally the Genesee Region
Trails Coalition has a great map
of all the trails in this part of New York.
It is a little out of date (2004), meaning there are more
trails available than it shows. The map is actually a brochure. Here is
and here is