ROCHESTER, SYRACUSE & EASTERN TROLLEY TRAIL:
EAST ROCHESTER-FAIRPORT, NEW YORK
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Last Updated: July 29, 2017
Length: Rochester, Syracuse & Eastern Trolley Trail; 1.3 miles
Difficulty: Easy. Mostly flat, hard packed dirt, grass, gravel and stone-dust rail trail.
From I490 take exit 25 to Route 31F east for 1.4 miles, then head north on Route 36 for 0.7 miles. Turn right on E Chestnut St (Keep an eye left to spot the 1905 Power House/informational sign) and follow to Legion Eyer Park. Just before you enter the park look left for the trailhead and a dirt parking area.
The Rochester, Syracuse & Eastern Trolley Trail follows part of the rail bed of the old Rochester, Syracuse & Eastern RR (Electric Interurban Railway 1906-1931). An on-road connection allows you access to the Canalway Trail; Syracuse-Rochester, which then connects to the more developed Rochester, Syracuse & Eastern Trail.
Starting from Legion Eyer Park; From the parks entrance the trailhead starts to your left behind a blue metal marker for the park. This hard packed dirt, grass and gravel trail travels above the park on your right before crossing an arched iron bridge over Irondequoit Creek and into the woods. An active RR line travels above on your left. Exit out onto Midvale Dr (residential) after 0.5 miles and travel left on-road out to Route 34. Head right on-road (wide shoulder) a short distance to Boces Blvd (Forman Center sign) across the road. Use Caution; No Cross-walk. Follow Boces Blvd to a sharp turn left at 0.8 miles. Continue straight along a wide gravel road. Thomas Creek runs along your left. The trail then narrows and turns to stone-dust as it turns east below active RR tracks where you'll find some small hills. After 1.3 miles the trail ends behind Ashwood Industrial Park.
Note; I was able to ride through the self-storage buildings out to O'Connor Rd. (Gate; don't know if it ever closes?) Here you can travel right on-road (narrow shoulder) crossing the RR tracks and bringing you to the Canalway Trail; Syracuse-Rochester after 0.2 miles.
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