Rochester Named the 17th Best Walking City in the U.S.

By: Stefanie

According to Prevention Magazine, Rochester, NY has been named the 17th best place in the U.S. for walking.  This annual survey is conducted along with the American Podiatric Medical Association and Sperling's Best Places and was based on 19 factors including number of parks in the area, crime rates, and pedestrian accidents. 

Monroe County's Parks Department operates 21 parks covering nearly 12,000 acres.  My favorites include:

  • Mendon Ponds – fantastic and lengthy trails with beautiful views of the ponds.  Also allows cross-country skiing in the winter;
  • Highland Park – nice views of the city at the top of the reservoir, amazing variety of vegetation in the park itself but also inside the Lamberton Conservatory, and home to Rochester's annual Lilac Festival;
  • Ellison Park – in addition to its nice hiking trails, Ellison is also known for its popular dog park
  • Genesee Valley – mentioned in an earlier blog post for its golf course but which also has terrific open fields where our students are known to play cricket every weekend and which hosts our annual Simon Games sporting event.

Walking in Rochester isn't limited to parks though.  On any day of the week, but especially on the weekends, the path that runs along the Erie Canal (part of the NYS Canalway Trail System) is filled with walkers in addition to joggers and cyclists.  The Genesee Riverway Trail runs north-south along the Genesee River connecting the Erie Canal Trailway with Lake Ontario.  The wonderful benefit of this trail is that it passes directly through the University's River Campus so students living on-campus without a car can even have access to these lovely walkways.

And last, but definitely not least, nothing can beat a stroll along Park Avenue – preferably with an Abbot's Frozen Custard in hand!

So, put on your walking shoes and get moving!

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