Run, Bike, and Hike – Trails in Rochester

Want to get out and explore nature in Rochester?  That is certainly possible.

While many college students (such as those at UR and RIT) live at the library, be sure to make some time to get outside. Contrary to popular belief among some of my peers, Rochester has plenty of trails that allow for exercise, fresh air, and an appreciation of Mother Earth.

Of course, there are the Genesee Valley and Erie Canal trails, portions of which run through Rochester.  These trails intersect at Genesee Valley Park, meaning there are plenty of recreational opportunities available. Rochester might be an urban center, but that does not mean there’s a lack of green space available!

There is also the Lehigh Valley Trail, which starts at the south side of the University of Rochester, and runs past the towns of Brighton and Henrietta. The Lehigh Valley Trail has always been an enigma to me; portions of the trail run through densely populated areas, yet you would never realize it, given much of the lush vegetation which follows the track.

Heading east, one can find the Tyron Park Loop.  This 2.7 mile trail is great for beginning runners, as you don’t have to travel very far in one direction, just to turn around and come back.  I really like the wildflowers and trees found along this trail.  It is beautiful, peaceful, and overall an enjoyable experience.

Exercise is good for your body, and good for the Earth.  Take some time to visit one of Rochester’s many trails this summer.  While this is certainly not an exhaustive list, I hope I gave you some good ideas on trails to check out as the temperatures get warmer in our neck of the woods.


Written by Dax Emerson, Class of 2021

Photo by Sikes Photos on Unsplash

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