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The Erie Lackawanna Railroad Bridge over the Genesee River is one of the trails near the University campus that bicyclists can use.

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Moving toward a healthy lifestyle

Walking Trails

Putting more steps into your day can help manage your weight and reduce the risk of high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, and high cholesterol. Lace up and use one of the many public sidewalks, walking trails, or marked paths that lead to our campuses and make your commute a healthy one.

Nearby Trails

A walk along a peaceful and scenic trail makes walking all the more fun. The City of Rochester makes it easy to get started with a detailed trail and biking map. Below is information about the three trails near the River Campus and Medical Center: the Genesee Riverway Trail, Erie Canal Trail, and Lehigh Valley Trail.

The Genesee Riverway Trail (GRT) extends through the scenic, historic, and cultural heart of Rochester, from the Erie Canal to downtown and Lake Ontario. It provides pedestrian access to the Genesee River—including its scenic gorge and three waterfalls—plus eight pedestrian bridges and eleven parks, four of which were designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. GRT links nine historic districts and is labeled with a system of wayfinding and interpretive signs to encourage and guide public use. Most of the trail is paved and easily accessible. Steep, rough, or narrow sections of the trail are clearly marked. Download the Genesee Riverway and Trail Guide (PDF).

The Erie Canal Trail connects directly to the Genesee Riverway Trail. It’s a great way to access the University of Rochester from many western, eastern, and southern (via the Lehigh Valley Trail) suburbs. It is a recreation trail that spans the entire state.

This 15-mile linear trail park is located in the southern-most portion of Monroe County, beginning at the Genesee River and extending through the towns of Rush and Mendon to the Ontario County line, and extending north to the town of Henrietta. See a map and information about the information about the Lehigh Valley Trail (PDF)

Rochester Walks Routes & Maps

It’s all about physical activity! Rochester Walks is a City of Rochester initiative aimed at getting Rochester residents walking, moving, and becoming more physically active. Check out their website to find local walking routes that will help you discover Rochester’s abundant architectural, cultural, and natural resources – all while moving toward a healthy lifestyle!


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