Bay Park East
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||On the east side of Irondequoit
are several access points; an easy one is from the
end of Smith Road which is on the north side of
Empire Boulevard between Creek Street and Plank
steep dirt road to the shoreline is open for a few
hours each day. The County Parks close the
road with a gate by 4 p.m. Rather than worry
about getting out on time or about trying
to navigate the steep road, we find it easier to
park in the small lot just before the gate
at the end of Smith Road. By doing this, the
walk down the hill becomes part of our excursion.
Bay Park is a well kept secret. It has paths in
the woods and along the shoreline; there are streams
and marshes, and the terrain varies from gentle
hills to steep embankments. And of course, there
are small waterfalls on some of the creeks.
You can hike to the shore and back in 15 minutes
or you can spend the entire day walking, hiking,
of the park are used in the summer by the BayView
YMCA day camps but there are plenty of trails for
can find a good map of the trails at the Penfield
Trails site, Irondequoit
Bay Park East (PDF).
||With a sturdy pair of hiking
boots you can easily explore most of this park. And
don't forget X-C skis and snowshoes in the winter.
We invite you to discover your own details!
Also, visit the nearby hiking trail in Ellison
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