Abraham Lincoln Park — Hidden Gem on Irondequoit Bay

February 25, 2012 at 6:00 am Leave a comment

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Trails provide great views of the bay

Abraham Lincoln was born Feb. 12, 1809. Irondequoit Bay Park East, was renamed Abraham Lincoln Park on February 12, 2008 for the 200th anniversary of his birth.

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The stream running through the park looks like it's full of jewels

A “diamond in the rough” might be used to describe our 16th president, as well as this lovely gem of a park along the bay. Not only are the trails fun to hike, the views they provide are wonderful and the stream bed I explored was full of colorful gems.

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Most of the park looks like this: broad sloping trails

Trails begin at the end of park road that is off Empire Blvd. They follow the east side of Irondequoit Bay and wind up and down the steep sides. The woods are of old, large Oak, Hemlock and Sugar Maple trees.

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The swamp: a variety of terrains run through this tiny park

For a relatively small footprint, the park has a lot of trails and many pretty views whether bay side or just the dramatic curves of the glacier-cut landscape.

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Close-up of the jeweled stream bed

The park was once farmland. Some of the original timbers from the barns located on the site were used in the construction of two new picnic shelters. It also has a playground and plenty of parking.

The park is located at 1559 Empire Blvd, 14580
Park Map 


Entry filed under: Finger Lakes, Irondequoit Bay, Lake Ontario, Lake Ontarion, New York, New York State Parks, Rochester, Trails. Tags: , , , , , , .

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