The North Branch of the Lehigh Valley Railroad trail connects the campuses of the University of Rochester and Rochester Institute of Technology. The trail's northern terminus is where the Erie Canal Heritage Trail connects to UR's "Park Lot" parking lot, accessed by Intercampus Drive. From there the trail uses a concrete-and-gravel bridge to cross I-390. A rough path continues 0.2 miles to East River Road.
From East River Rd. to Brighton-Henrietta Town Line Rd (1.5 miles) the trail is stone dust.
Users must then use the sidewalk (concrete, 5ft wide) of B-H Town Line Rd for 0.25 miles and cross Jefferson Rd. at a controlled intersection with a push-button walk sign.
South of Jefferson Rd, the path is an asphalt-paved multi-use path parallel to John St. for the remaining 1.5 miles. The trail terminates at Bailey Rd.
The trail is marked with small green "Lehigh Valley Trail" trail signs.
Parking and Trail Access
From out of town, take I-90 to I-390 North. Take the first exit off I-390 for Lehigh Station Rd. Turn left on Lehigh Station Rd. After 0.6 miles, turn right on Rt. 15 (W. Henrietta Rd). After 1 mile, turn left on Bailey Rd. After 1 mile, you will arrive at John St and the southern terminus of the Lehigh Valley Trail - North Branch.
I use this trail for about half my commute to the University of Rochester from Henrietta and I love it. Really well maintained and not too much traffic but not desolate either. The only thing I don't like is the two blind turns near Brighton-Henrietta ...