If you are looking for a way to cool off this summer in a spot that is a little more tranquil and less frequented than a public pool or beach, head to the creekside! There are many spots in and around Rochester. Grab those water shoes and a net-and remember to always practice water safety skills. There are many more great spots beyond this list. Send your recommendations our way and we will put together another list for next summer!
Powder Mills Park, Fish Hatchery
115 Park Rd, Pittsford, NY 14534
Why it's great for wading: Powder Mills is an excellent spot to spend a summer's day. With the fish hatchery, hiking trail and creek all within close proximity, it makes for a great way to fly through a hot day. We like to start off feeding the fish at the hatchery then head to the trail for a short hike in the woods right behind the building. After finishing the hike, the kids can cool down in the creek! During our visit the creek was shallow all the way through. Pack some quarters and plastic cups for fish food at the Fish Hatchery.
Channing H. Philbrick Park
1 Linear Park Dr, Penfield, NY 14526
Why it's great for wading: Swimming is not permitted at Channing H. Philbrick park but there are offshoots from the larger creek that makes for a great spot to stop and splash in the water before continuing on the walk. We even saw some tadpoles on our visit! The water access pictured below is quick and easy to get to by entering the hiking trail nearest the main parking area. Head down the trail just a couple of yards and you will see the small creek on your right. Venture further and you will likely see the larger creek with deep waters, strong rapids and even some small waterfalls!
4703 Vine St, Naples, NY 14512
Why it's great for wading: Grimes Glen is a gully. There is a trail you can walk for most of it but there is a good chunk that is a creek walk. We only made it to the first big waterfall- it wasn’t slippery and was fun to climb. Its beautiful all the way through with plenty of creek to share with all the visitors. Wear water shoes and expect to get wet! There have been reports of falling rock and the park was closed temporarily because of this. Proceed with caution!
Bay Park West
S Glen Rd, Irondequoit, NY 14609
Why it's great for wading: Located in Irondequoit right by the Bay. This is a great park for hiking and lots of people bike here. It is a shared trail. The creek is shallow with lots of open space great for walking (and stomping) through. This trail has easier paths and harder paths and it’s pretty easy to find your way out. Bring Bug Spray!
732 Long Pond Rd, Rochester, NY 14612
Why it's great for wading: Not only does Sawyer Park have two playgrounds, but also hiking trails with creek access. We love the creek for its gradual slope into the water and the still and shallow water. The terrain of the nearby trai is flat but some trails can get narrow. To get to the creek, take road all the way back to the pavillions.
Harry Allen Park
23 N Main St, Honeoye Falls, NY 14472
Why it's great for wading: First of all, its beautiful! The steep stone walls and surrounding woods makes for a peaceful visit on a hot day. The creek access is just a short walk down the Zebulon Norton trail behind the Harry Allen Park Playground. There's a rocky "shore line" for those that like to toss stones into the water.
1990 NY-96, Phelps, NY 14532 (Vet Clinic directly across the street from the entrance)
Why it's great for wading: Ontario Pathways is a 23 mile long trail for walking, hiking, and biking with so much to explore. There are natural dams in place for some deeper exploration of tadpoles and other water bugs. The path itself is long but about a 10 minute walk into the trail on the right hand side you will see a set of boulders. Walk down to the water and explore the waterfalls!
Durand Eastman Park, Leastman Trail
1200 Kings Hwy N, Rochester, NY 14617
Why it's great for wading: This is a quiet trail tucked in a cute neighborhood in Irondequoit. There is an awesome little stream to play in on hot days. It has some hills but it’s a pretty easy trail. Quick hike to the creek area if you are just looking for some water fun.
1390-1394 Mertensia Rd, Farmington, NY 14425
Why it's great for wading: Mertensia Park is a lovely park that has many amenities on site. One of the fantastic perks of this park is you can play at the playground or enjoy a turn at tennis and when you are through it is a short walk to the creek to relax and cool off. This is a easy flat trail where you can bring the children and they can explore the water and look for fairy houses at the same time. Take note there is some Poison Ivy on the trail.
Shortsville Budd Park
37 Water St, Shortsville, NY 14548
Why it's great for wading: There is plenty of sites to take in and fun for kids to explore. This is a popular fishing area for locals who like to admire nature. There are bridges, flowers and stumps to walk on- so there is a little bit for everyone. Looking for a place just to sit and listen to water? There are plenty of swinging seats to enjoy the scenery.
Webster County Park
1078 Lake Rd, Webster, NY 14580
Why it's great for wading: This is one of the few spots where kids can see the creek meet the lake. At this particular spot near the pier at Webster County Park, there is a small landing area with easy access right near the creek. To the left is the lake but to the right is the expansive creek. During our visit, there were not steep drops in the water and it was easy to keep the kids away from the lake. They loved walking in the open waters of the creek and tossing rocks.
Four Mile Creek Preserve
Phillips Rd & Lake Rd. Webster, NY 14580
Why it's great for wading: It takes a short 5-10 minute walk on flat terrain to get to the creek (though there are several tricky roots for the little ones to maneuver). Once there, there are bridges and benches and beauty abounding! If you venture further onto the red trails, it is said you can find old cars scattered in the woods. Unfortunately, the creek was too fun and distracting that we didn't make it that far but let us know if you do!