Penfield Recreation
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Penfield, NY 14526

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See Map!   Sherwood Fields Park

 Penfield
Town
Park 

 Description: 82 acres of meadows, forested and shrub wetlands, streams and wildlife with an integrated multi-use trail system.  
 Location: 2514 Penfield Road, next to East Penfield Fire Hall. Parking lot entrance is off fire hall driveway.  
 Difficulty: Easy  
 Length:  2 mi.  
 Features: Primary and secondary loops throughout the park. Primary trails are handicap accessible, made of crushed stone and re-purposed millings from Monroe County and town road projects. The Don Cranson Bridge crosses Commission Ditch  
 
 
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 Tot Trail

Penfield
Town
Park

 Description:

The Town of Penfield Tot Trail is a trail designed for the Town of Penfeld's youngest members. The trail is specifically designed for young children ages 2-5 years old. The trail was made possible by a grant the town recieved from the Greater Rochester Health Foundation. The Tot Trail promotes healthy living and wellness at a young age.
 

 Location:

The Tot Trail is located within Veterans' Memorial Park behind the Penfield Town Hall. The trail is located west of the tennis courts near the Dolomite Lodge.
 

 Difficulty:

Easy, the trail is paved and playground features are located right along the trail. 

 Length:

The Tot Trail is approximately 300' long.

 

 Features:

There are four play stations located along the trail designed to allow young children to play and gain strength, balance, and coordination. The four play stations include monkey bars, curved balance beams, pod toad stools, and a rock bluff. All play equipment was selected specifically for children ages 2-5 so the size and type of equipment is suitable for smaller children. There is also a butterfly garden as part of the trail system that welcomes all ages. Plantings were selected based on plants that will attract butterflies.
 
 

 
See Map! Harris Whalen Park Trails Penfield
Town
Park

 Description:

The trails in this park are located on a drumlin. The land was a farm owned by the Penfield Town Supervisor James Harris during the Civil War. The trail passes the foundation of a 19th century sugar house that was operated by the Whalen family. This wooded trail is noted for its numerous spring wild flowers.

 
Location:

Access from park - across from Wegmans entrance on Rt. 441. Trail head and parking near water tower at top of hill.

 
Hiking Time: 1/2 hour on woodland area, may use intersecting trails for longer hike.  
Difficulty: Paths well made, some low hills.  
Length: Less than 1 mile, option to extend using several intersecting trails.  
Features: Hiking, x-country skiing, good spring birding, many wild flowers in May  
 
 
See Map! Veterans' Memorial Park Nature & Fitness Trails Penfield
Town
Park

 Description:

This park was purchased from Joseph DiMaggio in 1980 for a town park. In 1990 additional land was purchased from Joseph Falbo to increase the size. Town Supervisor Don Mack got a grant from the NYS Environmental Quality Bond Act and had the Environmental Design and Research Landscape Architecture Engineering, PC EDR design the Town Hall Park. Supervisor John Nolan broke ground on the park and the park was dedicated in 1995. There are two main trails, one a fitness trail and one a nature trail that goes through several acres of woods.

 
Location: Geographic center of town, access from Atlantic Ave. and Jackson Rd., parking available  
Hiking Time: 1/2 hour or more  
Difficulty: Easy paths, majority is paved  
Length: Less than one mile, but can use intersecting trails for longer hike.  
Features:

Hiking, x-country skiing, May wildflowers, good spring birding, exercise stations and jogging, mature wooded area with stream and meadow-like portions of trails, Hipp Brook, pond next to Donald Mack Rock Garden.

 
 
 
See Map! Channing H. Philbrick Park Trail Penfield
Town
Park

 Description:

This is one of Penfield's oldest parks and it follows Irondequoit Creek from just north of Linden Avenue. The creek drops 90 ft. in the next mile. Fifteen mills during the last one hundred and fifty years had been operating in this area.  Some old mill foundations are still visible here. Conservation measures to control silt from the sand banks have been established along the west bank of the creek.

 
Location: Off Rt. 441 in park along Irondequoit Creek, trail begins at the Trail sign, parking available  
Hiking Time: 1 hour approximately, a turn-around trail  
Difficulty: Generally simple, narrow footpaths and steep, slippery, and rocky path in some areas.  
Length: Approximately 1 1/2 miles  
Features:

Hiking, used by fishermen along creek, several waterfalls, quiet meadow on island, remains of old mills on banks of the creek are visible while hiking

 
 
 
See Map! Ellison Park South Entrance Trails Monroe
County
Park

Description: 

This trail begins on Penfield Road, just west of Gentle's Farm Market.  It follows a wash down hill to Irondequoit Creek near the tennis courts. One branch of the trail, the yellow marked trail, leads up to an overlook of the gravel mining ponds at the east part of Ellison Park. This trail is also known as "Coyote Trail."

 
Location: Western edge of town along Irondequoit Creek on south side of Blossom Rd., east of Spruce Shelter, parking available  
Hiking Time: 2 hours  
Difficulty: Paths through moderate & steep areas  
Length: Approximately 1 mile  
Features:

Hiking, x-country skiing, path along stream, gully south to Penfield Rd., overlooks Manitou Lake, canoeing to Bay

 
 
 
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Abraham Lincoln Park Trails
formerly Irondequoit Bay Park East

Monroe
County
Park

 Description:

This is an undeveloped Monroe County Park. The trails begin at the end of park road that is off Empire Blvd. These trails follow the east side of Irondequoit Bay and offer the hiker trails that follow up and down the steep sides. The woods are of old, large Oak, Hemlock and Sugar Maple trees.

 
Location: West end of Smith Road, off Empire Blvd., park in cul-de-sac on Smith Rd., walk down road to Bay  
Hiking Time: 1 hour plus  
Difficulty: Steep hills, slippery  
Length: 2 miles  
Features:

Hiking, nature study, Bay canoeing, mature trees, quiet coves, good spring birding along north meadow, trail connects to the YMCA trail

 
 
 
See Map! Thousand Acre Swamp
Privately Owned Nature Preserve
The
Nature
Conservancy

 Description:

This area is owned by the Nature Conservancy. It has about two miles of public trails that begin at a parking lot off Jackson Rd., just west of Penfield Center Rd.  The trails are raised on boards in wet areas. The Swamp is noted for the colorful birds that nest there in the spring. The Thousand Acre Swamp Society offers numerous guided walks throughout the year.

 
Location: Jackson Rd. between Atlantic Ave. and Plank Rd.  
Difficulty: Easy trails, may be wet  
Length: Variable, trail guides at kiosk  
Features: Hiking, nature study  
Restrictions:

No bikes, dogs, horses, or motorized vehicles; picking of plant material prohibited. For more information, please call 385-3907.

 
 

 
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Wild Iris Path
Hipp Brook Preserve
Privately Owned Nature Preserve

Genesee
Land
Trust

Description:

This area and trail is owned by the Genesee Land Trust. This trail starts at the west end of Brougham Dr., off Jackson Rd. Ext. The trails is very short and level, going through thick woods of Buckthorn trees.

 
Location: West end of Coachman Dr. and Brougham Dr.  
Hiking Time: Under 1 hour  
Difficulty: Easy trails, may be wet  
Features: Nature study, shrubs  
 
 
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Rifle Range Trail
Lucien Morin Park

Monroe
County
Park

 Description:

The County of Monroe purchased the last part of the private land adjacent to Ellison Park to complete this park land. The trails start just east of Irondequoit Creek on Empire Blvd. The trails pass the remains of two pits used for target practice for the 108th Infantry of G Company of the National Guard. They were stationed at the East Main Street Armory in Rochester. The New York State Police would also do some shooting there. The main house burned down in the 1960s, but a gazebo still remains. Officers would station themselves there to watch the practicing. The trail follows the east side of Irondequoit Creek, through climatic woods of Oak and Sassafrass trees, all the way to Browncroft Blvd. and the main part of Ellison Park. This part of the trail is often called the Irondequoit Creek Wetlands East Trail.

 
Location: South side of Empire Blvd., just east of Irondequoit Creek  
Hiking Time: 2 hours  
Difficulty: Hills and narrow trail, slippery when wet  
Length: Up to 2 miles  
Features: Remains of rifle target pits and views of Irondequoit Flowlands  
 
 
See Map! Irondequoit Creek Waterway  

 Description:

The Creek itself is a Penfield trail used by canoes and kayaks.   
Location: Irondequoit Creek  
By: Canoe or Kayak, follow creek  
Start: At LaSalle's Landing Park off Empire Blvd. or at Ellison Park  
Length: 2 miles  
Features: LaSalle's Landing and cattail marshes  
 
 
See Map! Honey Creek Trail  

 Description:

This trail has two starting points, one on Mott's Lane, on the west side of Five Mile Line Rd., and another on Five Mile Line, across from Grande Vie. The trail leads west then down the side of Irondequoit Creek near the south end of Philbrick Park.  
Location: West end of Motts Ln. or Five Mile Line Rd. opposite Grand Vie Senior Living Community  
Hiking Time: 1/2 hour or more  
Difficulty: Easy paths, one hill to Channing H. Philbrick Park  
Length: 1/2 mile  
Features: Trail connects the Penfield Four Corners to Channing H. Philbrick Park  
 
 

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Schaufelberger Park/Historic Sidewalk Trail

 

 Description:

Schaufelberger is a small park at the junction of Penfield Road and Five Mile Line Road. This park is used as a meeting location to start short history walks to tell about life in early Penfield. It is in walking distance of Penfield's first library and several early churches, as well as the publishing building of an early newspaper.  Daniel Penfield's home is located just west of this park.

 

 Location:

Park at public parking lot behind the Penfield Fire Station on Five Mile Line Rd..  Cross the street to visit Schaufelberger Park...the former site of a service station and auto dealer.

 

Hiking Time:

Less than one hour.  

Difficulty:

Mostly level streets and sidewalks.  

Length:

.7 miles  

 Features:

Walk north from Schaufelberger Park to Liberty Street. Turn west and the first house you pass on the south side of the street was Penfield's first library.  Continue west along Liberty Street and past many early homes and an early cemetary. Turn east on Penfield Road and look for a large yellow house with a large porch on the north side of the road...this was Daniel Penfield's home.

 
 
 

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 Irondequoit Creek Panorama Plaza Trail

 

 Description:

It goes under Panorama Trail road, past the Home Depot, then under the 441 Expressway and connects to  the Linear Trail in Philbrick Park. Good fishing spots along this trail. This  area was noted for the fifteen mills that once operated along this waterway.

 

 Location:

Behind Tops Market at Panorama Plaza, look for trailhead kiosk. Parking behind Panorama Plaza.

 

 Hiking Time:

Approximately one hour (a turn-around trail).  

 Difficulty:

Paths are well made with stonedust. Wheelchair accessible.  

 Length:

One mile.  

 Features:

Trail begins near confluence of Allens Creek and Irondequoit Creek, runs along Irondequoit Creek and passes under Rt. 441 to connect to Channing H. Philbrick Park.

 
 
 

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 Irondequoit Creek Wetlands East Trail

 

Description:

This trail follows Irondequoit Creek on the east side all the way to the Rifle Range Trail of the Wetlands Center to the north. There are two loop trails to an overview of the creek near the south end.  Note - Parking is by the bridge to the west of the party house. Please do not park in the parking lot at the party house.

 

Location:

Trail begins at the east end of Old Browncroft Blvd.  

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