Pittsford is a charming village on the East side of Rochester. The Erie Canal passes through the town. You will want to be sure to visit the canal when you are in Pittsford. You can walk, bike, or run along the towpath. Canal boat tours are available at Sam Patch Boat Tours @sampatchboat and Colonial Belle Erie Canal Cruises @colonialbelle.
You might be fascinated to see a lock. Canals use locks to deal with changes in elevation. Lock 32 has a modern lock that was built for the New York State Barge Canal. You can see an original lock at Lock 66 (adjacent to Interstate 490 near Winton Rd.). Another original lock is part of a town park Lock 62 and the Erie Canal Trail. Lock 62 is a stop along the Pittsford Railroad Loop Trail, it is slightly less visible, hidden on a trail tucked behind the plazas on both sides of Monroe Ave., connecting across Clover, and continuing along the northeastern side of Monroe Ave. to Highland Ave. Pittsford Trails & Walkways provide over 85 miles of trails and pathways for walkers, hikers, and cyclists to enjoy. Online interactive trails and sidewalks maps are available here. There is also a section of the original Erie Canal running from where the new Southern route begins on the present canal path past Lock 66 and ends near the old Spring House. Watch the video by Fly’n Brian on YouTube
After you meander through the village, go over to Schoen Place where you will find Northfield Common with a wide array of shops, bars, brewing companies and restaurants to explore. Pittsford Farms Dairy is a local favorite for ice cream. If shopping is your thing, head down Monroe Avenue to explore Pittsford Plaza, Pittsford Colony Plaza, and Pittsford Square. You will also find in Hitching Post Plaza is located at 639 Pittsford Victor Rd in Bushnell’s Basin. Powers Farm Market located at 161 Marsh Rd is another popular spot to visit especially in the Autumn.
While you are in Pittsford take advantage of the vast number of Parks there are to explore. You will find more details on all the amenities each park offers by visiting the following websites: Monroe County and the Town of Pittsford.
Monroe County Parks located in Pittsford:
Mendon Ponds Park
95 Douglas Rd Honeoye Falls (2500 acres)
Mendon Ponds Park is the largest Monroe County Park, it includes a vast trail system and unique geology.
Powder Mills Park
154 Park Rd (380 acres)
Powder Mills Park’s activities include downhill skiing, hiking and a creek that is popular with trout fishermen and a fish hatchery.
Town of Pittsford Parks:
Copper Beach Park 14 State St.
Daffodil Meadow (between Thornell Rd. and Park Rd.)
Erie Canal Nature Preserve Entrance is along the Erie Canalway (Towpath) Trail (walk East from Monroe Ave bridge or walk East from North Main Street Bridge) (20 acres)
Farm View Park 1901 Calkins Rd. (19 acres)
Great Embankment Park 631 Marsh Rd. (12 acres)
Habecker Fields 34 East St (6 acres)
Hopkins Park 5 Barker Rd. (9.6 acres)
Isaac Gordon Nature Park 3450 Clover St. (118.5 acres)
King’s Bend Park 170 West Jefferson Rd. (19 acres)
Lock 62 and the Erie Canal Trail 3195 Monroe Ave (15 acres)
Paul M. Spiegel Pittsford Community Center 35 Lincoln Ave. (4.2 acres)
Pittsford Dog Park 34 East St. (2 acres)
Thornell Farm Park 480 Mendon Rd. (27 acres)
William A. Carpenter Park at Port of Pittsford 22 North Main St (2 acres)
Pittsford is a beautiful town to visit and live in. Year-round Pittsford has plenty to offer whatever your interest may be. Contact me to learn more about real estate in Pittsford, NY.
Rochester, NY has many beautiful suburbs to explore. Get out there and get exploring!