Self-Guided Outdoor Recreation Resources

Self-Guided Walking Tours

Independent Walks along the Genesee Riverway - Tour Blend has partnered with the Genesee River Alliance to create and promote a series of “Independent Walks” along the Genesee River corridor.   You can enjoy these audio guided walking tours while following recommended safety guidelines.  If you have an iPhone, get the free Tour Blend app from the App Store and activate one of the following tours.  If not, you can download and print the two-page brochures below, or view it on your mobile device at

Hit the Trails Passport to Wellness

The City of Rochester has partnered with Wegmans to encourage community members to take advantage of our local nature trails as part of a commitment to helping create healthier communities. The Wegmans ‘Hit the Trail Passport’ books highlight the many City parks, trails & neighborhood walks where you can explore the beauty of our community and environment. Complete the entire book and you’ll be entered into a raffle to win prizes including a $100 Wegmans gift card.

The Passport to Family Wellness brochure is a great way to learn about parks and trails in the region. Pick up your Passport to Wellness at the City of Rochester Public Market Office, Genesee Valley Park Sports Complex or the Recreation Bureau Office.

Download a passport guide book. 

Explore Your Park Challenge

The City of Rochester is encouraging families and children to play outside in their local parks! This nature passport will help you explore the nature all around you. When you finish all of the activities in the booklet, return the booklet to your local R-Center or Public Library or email a copy of your completed booklet to Everyone that completes the Play in Nature Challenge will receive a T-shirt, and will be entered into a raffle to win a bike!

Download an Explore Your Park Challenge book here

Trail and Riverway Maps

Genesee River Interactive Blueway Map

A new Genesee River Blueway Map is ready for use by canoeists and kayakers who wish to explore and connect with the river.  The downloadable Overview Map shows current river access locations from Pennsylvania to Lake Ontario.  A web-based Interactive Map gives users detailed information about each access point, including photos of the sites.  Genesee RiverWatch partnered with Genesee River Wilds in Allegany County and the Genesee Valley Conservancy in Geneseo to develop the Blueway Map. Today’s map adds new sites and removes those which have fallen into disrepair and are unsafe to use. The addition of an expanded online map will allow information to be updated frequently and to include data on river conditions and nearby services that would not fit on a printed document.

Genesee River Trail

Download the Genesee Riverway and Trail Guide  

Monroe Country Park Maps

Empire State Trail Map


Department of Recreation & Human Services
Stephanie Benway, Environmental Education Specialist