Rochester, NY Hiking Trails and Maps

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Auburn Trail (Brighton-Pittsford)

2 mi
State: NY
Crushed Stone

Auburn Trail (Pittsford-Farmington)

11 mi
State: NY
Crushed Stone

Brickyard Trail

0.8 mi
State: NY
Crushed Stone

Cayuga-Seneca Canal Trail

6.7 mi
State: NY
Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass

Clarence Pathways

17.9 mi
State: NY
Asphalt

Erie Canalway Trail

335.2 mi
State: NY
Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone

Genesee Riverway Trail

22.8 mi
State: NY
Asphalt, Concrete

Hojack Trail

4.8 mi
State: NY
Cinder, Crushed Stone, Dirt

Irondequoit Lakeside Multi-Use Trail

6.9 mi
State: NY
Asphalt, Boardwalk, Concrete

Keuka Outlet Trail

6.7 mi
State: NY
Asphalt, Ballast, Dirt, Gravel

Lehigh Valley Trail

16.4 mi
State: NY
Crushed Stone

Manchester Gateway Trail

1.5 mi
State: NY
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Rochester, Syracuse and Eastern Trail

5 mi
State: NY
Crushed Stone

Cato-Fair Haven Trail

14.51 mi
State: NY
Cinder, Dirt

El Camino: Butterhole-Seneca Park Trail

2.3 mi
State: NY
Crushed Stone

Ellicott Trail

4.7 mi
State: NY
Crushed Stone

Erie Attica Trail

1.3 mi
State: NY
Boardwalk, Crushed Stone

Genesee Valley Greenway

68.8 mi
State: NY
Cinder, Dirt, Grass, Gravel

I-390 Bike Path

5.3 mi
State: NY
Asphalt

Lake Ontario State Parkway Trail

3.3 mi
State: NY
Asphalt, Concrete
Accordion

Lehigh Valley Trail - North Branch

14.5 mi
State: NY
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Ontario Pathways Rail Trail

24.28 mi
State: NY
Cinder, Dirt, Grass, Gravel

Pittsford Trail System (Railroad Loop Trail)

5.1 mi
State: NY
Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone

Railroad Bed Trail (NY)

3.4 mi
State: NY
Dirt

West Shore Trail

9 mi
State: NY
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Peanut Line Trail (Canandaigua)

0.5 mi
State: NY
Dirt, Grass

Trolley Trail (NY)

4 mi
State: NY
Asphalt, Boardwalk, Cinder, Concrete, Dirt, Grass
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
The Auburn Trail is almost entirely sheltered on either side by trees as it meanders through residential and commercial areas. Running along the same former rail corridor as the Auburn Trail...
NY 2 mi Crushed Stone
There are so many reminders from the heyday of the railroad age on the nearly 10-mile Auburn Trail that visitors might imagine they’re chugging through villages and countryside at the throttle of a...
NY 11 mi Crushed Stone
Brickyard Trail offers a pleasant north-south route through the Town of Brighton, which sits on the southeastern outskirts of Rochester. Its name is a nod to the town's brickmaking industry dating...
NY 0.8 mi Crushed Stone
The Cayuga-Seneca Canalway Trail is a 6.7-mile pathway beginning in Waterloo, New York and terminating at Seneca Lake State Park. The roadbed it uses was constructed by the Seneca County Railway...
NY 6.7 mi Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass
Two former rival railroad corridors that crossed in Buffalo’s eastern suburbs now form a nearly 18-mile paved trail system called Clarence Pathways in Clarence, Newstead, and Akron. Five trails...
NY 17.9 mi Asphalt
Closure Notices: In Palmyra/Wayne County, a portion of the trail is closed between route 21 and Swift Landing Park. In Oneida-Verona, Oneida County, a bridge replacement is taking place at the corner...
NY 335.2 mi Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone
By the early 1800s, Rochester had earned the nickname of Flour City because of its numerous mills that allowed the young town to rapidly become the largest flour producer in the United States. The...
NY 22.8 mi Asphalt, Concrete
This pleasant community trail connects suburban residences close to the shore of Lake Ontario with a school, a church and a commercial area in Webster, New York. Near the trail's northwest end, it...
NY 4.8 mi Cinder, Crushed Stone, Dirt
Snaking along the shoreline of Lake Ontario, the Irondequoit Lakeside Multi-Use Trail provides a smooth journey infused with the region’s rich natural and cultural heritage. The nearly 7-mile trail...
NY 6.9 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk, Concrete
The Keuka Outlet Trail offers a sinuous route of nearly 7 miles between Penn Yan and Dresden in New York’s Finger Lakes region. The rail-trail follows a railroad corridor that traced a former canal...
NY 6.7 mi Asphalt, Ballast, Dirt, Gravel
Located in the majestic Finger Lakes region, the Lehigh Valley Trail is a well-used gem with a sparkling future. Wandering 16.4 miles through beautiful landscapes and rich greenery, the trail connects...
NY 16.4 mi Crushed Stone
The Manchester Gateway Trail is a scenic route used by walkers and cyclers that follows the Canandaigua Outlet through Manchester. It has also been used for skiing during winter months. The trailhead...
NY 1.5 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
The town of Perinton, New York, has been hard at work improving the Rochester, Syracuse and Eastern Trail, and it shows. Since 1996, when the American Hiking Society designated Perinton as a Trail...
NY 5 mi Crushed Stone
The Cato-Fair Haven Trail (a.k.a. Cayuga County Trail) travels a little more than 14 miles through forest, wetland and tree farm.
NY 14.51 mi Cinder, Dirt
The El Camino: Butterhole-Seneca Park Trail (often more simply called the El Camino Trail) runs diagonally through a neighborhood and industrial properties in northeast Rochester on an abandoned CSX...
NY 2.3 mi Crushed Stone
The Ellicott Trail is a crushed stone rail-trail in Batavia, Genesee County. The trail provides the best of both worlds, winding through the heart of downtown while also providing an immersive journey...
NY 4.7 mi Crushed Stone
The Erie Attica Trail lies in the Finger Lakes region of New York along the former railroad for which it's named. A glimpse of this past can be seen in the beautiful truss bridge that spans 220 feet...
NY 1.3 mi Boardwalk, Crushed Stone
The Genesee Valley Greenway rolls through towns and countless landscapes from Rochester south to Cuba, New York. The greenway is a work in progress, but there is a long, continuous segment (37 miles)...
NY 68.8 mi Cinder, Dirt, Grass, Gravel
The I-390 Bike Path is a 5-mile paved trail starting in Greece and ending at the Island Cottage Woods Preserves just south of Lake Ontario. The trail starts just after crossing Route 104 using the...
NY 5.3 mi Asphalt
Travelers on the Lake Ontario State Parkway Trail will enjoy scenic views of wooded areas, surrounding bodies of water and wetlands. The trail parallels the north side of the Parkway, which runs along...
NY 3.3 mi Asphalt, Concrete
Accordion
The North Branch of the Lehigh Valley 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...
NY 14.5 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
Overview The Ontario Pathways Rail Trail is the crown jewel of the trail system managed by the organization for whom it is named in Ontario County, New York. Comprising two disconnected segments,...
NY 24.28 mi Cinder, Dirt, Grass, Gravel
The Pittsford Trail System, also called the Railroad Loop Trail, provides access to the Erie Canal, town of Pittsford, and shopping and business district in the quaint New York village. A short...
NY 5.1 mi Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone
The Railroad Bed Trail is a rustic recreational path sited on the right of way of an abandoned railroad that once extended between Rochester and Nunda. The route takes users through serene forest and...
NY 3.4 mi Dirt
The Groveland Secondary Trail follows a portion of abandoned right-of-way of the old Groveland Branch of the Erie Lackawanna between York and Alexander. The York terminus begins just east of Main...
NY 20 mi Ballast
The West Shore Trail sits on the former West Shore Railroad corridor, whose tracks and ties were pulled up in the 1960s. Aside from about 1300 ft in Churchville which is paved, the trail surface is...
NY 9 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
The Peanut Line Trail runs along a former railroad right-of-way in the Town of Canandaigua. What originated as the Canandaigua & Niagara Falls Railroad was acquired by the New York Central Railroad in...
NY 0.5 mi Dirt, Grass
Following the route of the former Rochester & Eastern Rapid Railway, the Trolley Trail winds through the town of Victor. Active between 1903 and 1930, the Rochester & Eastern Rapid Railway was an...
NY 4 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk, Cinder, Concrete, Dirt, Grass

Recent Trail Reviews

West Shore Trail

Not ready for bikes

June, 2024 by snarg

Started from Churchville, going west, on a mountain bike, in May 2024. Only did 1/2 mile. VERY rough, large rocks, ruts, terrible surface. You will shake the fillings out of your teeth. Not suitable for bikes , primarily used by atvs, not maintained. Dont waste any time here.

Brickyard Trail

Beautiful

April, 2024 by ritresearch23

Beautiful

Brickyard Trail

first walk with this app

April, 2024 by vicki.vincola

Nice easy walk, wide trail, kids, bikes, scooters, dogs. Pleasant!

Accordion

West Shore Trail

November night ride

November, 2023 by jthurston4

Ranging from smooth dirt and pebble gravel to three inch crushed stone, this rugged rail trail is diverse. You will need to pick your lines carefully and contend with large puddles the width of the trail, if it has rained recently. I rode it on a Priority 600 with 2.2” wide tires. I wouldn’t recommend anything smaller than 38mm wide.

Cato-Fair Haven Trail

Pleasent stroll through the bog. Punctuated with numerous mud holes presumably generated by motor vehicles

October, 2023 by martinskimber

Pleasent stroll through the bog. Punctuated with numerous mud holes presumably generated by motor vehicles

Keuka Outlet Trail

Lots of places on the trail where it is almost all grass with just a dirt rut the size of a tire. Very bumpy, lots of rocks and lots of walnuts when we rode in October. Wouldn't ride this with a street bike. Waterfalls were beautiful.

October, 2023 by debbland111

Lots of places on the trail where it is almost all grass with just a dirt rut the size of a tire. Very bumpy, lots of rocks and lots of walnuts when we rode in October. Wouldn't ride this with a street bike. Waterfalls were beautiful.

I-390 Bike Path

very bumpy

October, 2023 by mconlon1

Nice day for this ride but bumps from roots and leaves on the path made it kind of tricky. Avg 10mph, but we were able to get to Schallers for lunch by getting off the path at Janes Rd and left to island cottage to head north. Nice road to ride.

Erie Canalway Trail

Medina NY to Gasport NY

September, 2023 by mconlon1

About a 45 minute ride on the Erie Canal path ,starting at the Medina lift bridge, through farmland and villages (Middleport, Gasport) herons that are absolutely not afraid of you! Beautiful in the fall!

Ontario Pathways Rail Trail

Too many roots

September, 2023 by djudd1

My husband and I started in Canandaigua and almost reached Stanley before turning around. The single track trail was nice and flat in places, we would be roll big along and then bam! hit a section with roots. The scenery was nice but we will not return because of the bumpy ride.

Railroad Bed Trail (NY)

peaceful and lovely

September, 2023 by jennysrobot

I walked this trail in a Saturday morning on a holiday weekend and was surprised to find myself alone. It was calm and beautiful. Only a few dips and overgrown branches, overall very well taken care of. A bit more horse manure than I prefer, but it is an equestrian trail as well, so not unexpected. I will absolutely be back.

Keuka Outlet Trail

pleasant shady ride

September, 2023 by new28g-ret1

We enjoyed a leisurely ride on the trail on an unseasonably hot September day. There was enough shade along the way to make it pleasant. There’s nothing but a parking lot at Dresden end where we elected to turn around but looks like food and Seneca lake are just a blocks away. Note that the elevation at Pen Yan is a few hundred feet higher than at Dresden so we definitely worked harder going back. As for those who complained about tree roots, bugs, etc. we didn’t have any issues this day.

Cato-Fair Haven Trail

Fair Haven/ Cato

September, 2023 by sharonvl

Not good for bike ride or walking! Muddy, rutted. For ATVs only

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