Livingston County is known for its scenic vistas and stunning landscapes. From our two Finger Lakes to the “Grand Canyon of the East”, we’ve got everything you need for your outdoor adventure.
Walking, Hiking, Biking, and Trekking Trails
An 80-acre park nestled between the Genesee River, the Mt. Morris County Campus and Letchworth State Park. It is open to the public from May through September. Accommodations are available for up to 300 people in four covered pavilions with picnic tables, charcoal grills, electricity and water. The park has ample parking, restrooms, trails and recreational facilities.
The Finger Lakes Trail system, over 950 miles in length, runs from the Pennsylvania-New York border in Allegany State Park to the Long Path in the Catskill Forest Preserve, with branch trails to Niagara Falls, the Genesee River valley, the Great Eastern Trail south of Corning, the central Finger Lakes, and the Syracuse region.
This multi-use trail, ideal for equestrians, hikers, and snowshoers in the winter months, is approximately three miles in length. The trail passes through forests and reveals outstanding views across the farmland of the Genesee Valley.
The Genesee Valley Greenway State Park is a 90-mile open space corridor that follows the route of the Genesee Valley Canal (1840-1878) and the Pennsylvania Railroad Rochester Branch (1882-1963) from the Erie Canalway Trail in Rochester's Genesee Valley Park to the Village of Cuba in Allegany County.
Healthy lifestyles are important to our community. When you’re in town, please join us - enjoy our scenic sidewalks, trails and parks, and learn about our historic district! Create your own experience by combining our measured distances shown on the loops! Each is complete with a photographic tour of the route plus a printable map and directions.
The 6,849-acre Hemlock-Canadice State Forest surrounds Hemlock and Canadice Lakes, which have provided drinking water for the City of Rochester (leaves DEC website) and adjacent communities for more than 100 years. In order to protect water quality, the City acquired much of the watershed property around the lakes. Over the decades, the land was planted and/or naturally reverted to forest, with few remaining traces of its former uses except for stone walls.
Hemlock Lake is a 5.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Hemlock, New York that features a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
This 60 acre forest set adjacent to the Genesee River has a rich habitat and even richer history. This unique property earned the nickname “Indian Fort” as it was once home to two wooden fence structures, or palisades, built by the Onon:dowa’ga, known today as the Seneca. Today visitors can explore the deep ravines, gullies with creeks, a small pond, and access to the Genesee River for fishing and small crafts on two miles of public hiking trails.
This 40 acre nature preserve consists of an ‘island’ of forest surrounded by grassland fields. Previously under agricultural use, the property now hosts native grasses that serve as a habitat for birds and other wildlife surrounding the 3.5 acre woodlot. With 1.3 of walking trails, The John W. Chanler Island Preserve is ideal for low impact recreation such as hiking and geocaching.
Keshequa Creek Falls (3 falls) is a 4.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Groveland, New York that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from April until August. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
Letchworth State Park, renowned as the "Grand Canyon of the East," is one of the most scenically magnificent areas in the eastern U.S. The Genesee River roars through the gorge over three major waterfalls between cliffs--as high as 600 feet in some places--surrounded by lush forests. Hikers can choose among 66 miles of hiking trails. Trails are also available for horseback riding, biking, snowmobiling, and cross-country skiing.
Rattlesnake Hill Wildlife Management Area is a 5,100-acre upland tract, situated approximately eight miles west of Dansville. Roughly two-thirds of the area lies in southern Livingston County, while the remaining third lies in northern Allegany County. The area is appropriately named after the Timber Rattlesnake, which historically was found in the more remote sections of the "Hill."
Rob’s Trail Preserve is nestled among the high ridges and rolling hills of the Finger Lakes. The trail connects the only two undeveloped Finger Lakes, Hemlock and Canadice Lakes—the primary source of drinking water for Rochester.
News about hikes and trails around Springwater, NY.
Stony Brook State Park features a rugged gorge in the rolling hills of Western New York. Hikers can choose among 3 hiking trails which are all about 1 mile long with quite a bit of stairs making them moderately difficult. The park's beautiful gorge trail passes by 3 major waterfalls and flows into our stream-fed pool at the North Entrance. We recommend the Gorge Trail as the easiest and most scenic. The Rim Trails climb the towering cliffs through the woodlands that overlook waterfalls and fascinating rock formations. Due to the nature of our trails they are not accessible to wheelchairs, medical walkers, or strollers.
The 922-acre Sonyea State Forest offers a rustic experience with a limited amount of development.
Twin Cedars Pond is a 1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Avon, New York that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking, nature trips, birding, and canoeing and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.