The Best Hike in Webster Park – the Grand Tour

West Creek in Webster Park, New York
West Creek in Webster Park – though a flash flood came through last week and washed out a lot of these tree trunks over the stream

If you’re looking for hiking near Rochester, New York, and you don’t feel like driving down to the Finger Lakes, one of the best places to hike is Webster Park.  Its 550 acres encompass hardwood forests, swamps, pinewoods, fields, streams, and dozens of official and social trails.  This week, I’d like to detail a “Grand Tour” of Webster Park – basically encompassing some of the best of what Webster Park has to offer.  (I should know something about that – I’ve only been hiking there since before I could walk!)

Blooms on Himalayan blackberry plants in Webster Park, New York
Blooms on the Himalayan blackberry plants

This post is the Grand Tour Hike that circles Webster Park.  For the Easy loop hike showcasing the fishing pier, Mill Creek, and nearby grassy meadows, click here.  For the Moderate Loop through a pinewood and along a quiet stream, click here.

Hiking along the Ridge Trail in Webster Park, New York
Hiking along the Ridge Trail

The Best “Grand Tour” Loop Hike in Webster Park

Quick Stats

Round Trip Length: 4.25 miles Trail Type: Loop Elevation Change: 350ft. Pets: Leashed Fees: None

Start at the parking area just east of the road to the campground.  It’s a peaceful parking area with space for about 20 cars.  You do not need to drive down the campground road to get to it – which is a good thing since the road to the campground is gated when the campground and Boy Scout cabins aren’t in use.

Parking area in Webster Park, New York
Turn right to parallel Lake Road

Start by walking right, parallel to Lake Road, to cross the Campground Road.  (Actually, if it’s not the dry of summer, you might want to walk on Lake Road to the Campground Road – there are plenty of wet areas in that field!)  As you cross the Campground Road, look for a hole in the trees not far from Lake Road – this is the trail you want to take.

Entrance to the campground road in Webster Park, New York
See the black hole just to the left of the center of the photo? That’s the trail!

The path winds its way parallel to Lake Road, then turns down into a gully and climbs up the other side.  From here it wanders through a pine forest – don’t take any of the side trails on the left.

Sunlight through the trees in Webster Park, New York
Sunlight through the trees

At last the trail comes to a bridge over West Creek.  Cross the bridge and continue straight up the trail on the other side.

The bridge over West Creek in Webster Park, New York
The bridge over West Creek

The trail skirts the edge of the pinewood, passing trails to people’s houses on the right.  It finally descends to a gravely sluice (sometimes with standing water in very wet weather) and turns to the left.  Turn left with the trail (you don’t have a whole lot of choice) and continue to where a trail enters from the left.  Turn right.

Turn right along with the gravely path, Webster Park, New York
Turn right along with the gravely path

A short time later, the trail splits at a major junction.  Turning left takes you over the bridge.  (If you want to cut your hike short, turn left here, cross the bridge, and ascend the wide path up to the gravel road.  Turn left and stay straight on the road – it will take you back to Lake Road near your vehicle).  But you want to turn right and stay on this side of West Creek.

Trail junction and bridge in Webster Park, New York
Turn right, away from the bridge

Very shortly after the major junction, the trail will split a second time.  It doesn’t matter which trail you take; both will take you to the same place.

Along a trail in Webster Park, New York
Along the right of the two trails that take you to the same place

After the trails re-merge, the path enters a beech forest.  This is likely one of the oldest plots of forest in the park (many parts of the park were fields when the Boy Scouts owned the property before it was turned into a county park – these fields have since grown into pine forests).  It’s a beautiful place to hike in the autumn, when the trees turn brilliantly yellow.  At a well-marked junction, a path turns right toward Whiting Road.  You want to continue straight on the “West Trail” following the sign for the “Midnight Trail”.

Trail sign at the junction for the trail to Whiting Road and the West Trail, Webster Park, New York
Trail sign at the junction for the trail to Whiting Road

The trail descends to a gully, rises on the other side, and then turns to descend to West Creek once again.  Cross the bridge and follow the path up to the road.  Turn right on the gravel road (uphill), following the sign for the Midnight Trail.

On the bridge crossing West Creek, Webster Park, New York
On the bridge crossing West Creek

At the top of the hill is a Boy Scout cabin.  You want to turn right (toward the pump) and follow the sign for the Midnight Trail into the woods.

A trail sign, pump, and trail in Webster Park, New York
The pump and the trail

At 1.4 miles from the trailhead, you’ll come to the turnoff (on right) for the Midnight Trail.  Continue left; shortly afterward a trail will go off on left.  Continue right (more like straight) down to a bridge to cross over a swampy creek.  The trail rises to a T; turn right.

Trail Junction and tree in Webster Park, New York
The T – there’s a cabin to the left in the clearing that you probably can’t see

From here, the trail passes through a mixed forest and finally circles another cabin.  After circling the cabin, the trail splits.  You want to go left (I’m not entirely sure where the right trail goes – it’s new to me!)

Turn left on the trail in Webster Park, New York
Turn left!

Now you can relax for a bit from trail junctions!  It’s a peaceful trot through pinewoods, slightly open areas, and mixed forest.  You will pass a trail junction on the left (stay right following the sign for Holt Road and Lake Road)…

Turn right toward Lake Road and Holt Road, Webster Park, New York
Turn right toward Lake Road and Holt Road

…and another trail junction on the right (stay left following the sign for Holt Road and Lake Road).

Go left - the right trail tends to be swampy - Webster Park, New York
Go left – the right trail tends to be swampy

Eventually you’ll come to a trail junction where a trail turns right down the hill.  A sign half-lost in the brush points toward the Tennis Courts to the right.  Turn right to descend (ignore the trail that goes off on left before you get to the bottom of the hill and the trail on right before crossing the creek) to the creek and cross over.

The sign for the Tennis Courts and the Ridge Trail.  You want to turn right. Webster Park, New York
The sign for the Tennis Courts and the Ridge Trail. You want to turn right.

Continue up the hill and eventually ignore the trail on right (it goes out to Holt Road).  Keep going straight out onto a grassy place about mile 2.8 – there’s a pavilion on the right and a swingset on the left.

Leaving the woods for the area near the tennis courts, Webster Park, New York
Leaving the woods for the area near the tennis courts

Keep walking straight – you’ll eventually come to a small road.  Follow the road clockwise as it circles the tennis courts.  You want to get not quite halfway around the loop; a trail goes off on the left.  It’s a large trail, but it’s not necessarily extremely obvious.

Along the Tennis Court road, Webster Park, New York
The entrance to the trail is just after that very green tree on the left

The trail descends to cross the bridge over Mill Creek.  Cross the bridge into the field.

The bridge over Mill Creek, Webster Park, New York
The bridge over Mill Creek

From here you have a couple of options.  You can turn right to pick up the Easy Loop as it heads east to the sledding hill (I recommend this – pick up this loop again in the “Lake Parking Lot”).  If you want a slightly shorter (only slightly) loop, continue straight across the field heading toward the road bridge that crosses over Mill Creek.  That’s what I’ll do in this guide.  A small walkway passes under the road bridge (it’s Lake Road) and then turn left to cross the metal grate bridge over Mill Creek.  You’re now in the Lake Parking Lot.  From here, you can walk out on the pier by walking down the parking lot to the lakeshore and turning right to cross back over Mill Creek and take the sidewalk out to the pier.  While I highly recommend it if you didn’t take the “Easy Loop” option, I’m not including it in the mileage of this hike.

The fishing pier - this is a great side-trip and really is one of the nicest places in Webster Park, New York
The fishing pier – this is a great side-trip and really is one of the nicest places in Webster Park!

To continue on the loop, head west toward the entrance road to the parking area.  Walk up the entrance road and turn right on Lake Road.  Almost immediately you’ll see a sign for Ridge Hill (as in the shelter).  Cross (carefully!) Lake Road and turn left up the gravel road to the gate (just before you get to the Ridge Hill sign) about mile 3.3.

The gate on the road up to the Ridge Shelter, Webster Park, New York
The gate on the road up to the Ridge Shelter

Cross the gate and continue straight up the old road.  You’ll pass the shelter and enter the woods.

The old road goes into the forest near the Ridge Shelter, Webster Park, New York
The old road goes into the forest

Keep walking on this trail as it passes by an old dump area (mostly for branches now) and then becomes narrower.  About a half a mile beyond the gate, you’ll come to a sign pointing toward Wolf Cabin.  Turn right, following the sign.

Trail junction and fence post in Webster Park, New York
Turn right next to the old fence post

The path plunges into a pine forest.  Keep going straight as the trail becomes slightly vaguer as it descends a hill.  Turn right on the path just before you hit East Creek.  It will take you along the creek to a crossing via logs.  Immediately after crossing East Creek, turn right on the path that heads generally north and then east.  The path winds its way up to the top of the hill, passes by a sign for a campsite trail (stay right), passes another trail (stay right again), and descends to cross a bridge.  Continue up the other side to a four-way trail junction.  Straight ahead would take you out in the field, but you want to turn right.

Turn right - going straight takes you out into the field - Webster Park, New York
Turn right – going straight takes you out into the field

The path will take you shortly back to your vehicle about mile 4.25.  Congrats – you’ve hike around much of the perimeter of Webster Park!

This park boundary sign is growing into the tree - or more likely, the tree is going into it!  Webster Park, New York
This park boundary sign is growing into the tree – or more likely, the tree is going into it!

Round trip trail length: About 4.25 miles; it can be extended a little to go out to the fishing pier

Elevation Gain: About 350ft. (248ft. to 379ft.)

Dogs: Leashed

Facilities: There may be port-a-potties at some of the parking areas.  A playground can be accessed if you turn right after crossing Mill Creek for the first time and keep walking beyond the pavilion.  There are benches along some of the trails and also near the fishing pier.  The campground is also nearby.

Fees: None

Trail Notes: There are a ton of trails you could possibly explore along this route.  If you want to do the “Grand Tour” proper, turn right after crossing Mill Creek for the first time.  Follow Mill Creek beyond the pavilion and the playground to the road, then turn left up the road.  Turn right just before Lake Road into the parking area (there’s a new playground next to the parking area).  Follow the gravel parking area/road back along the edge of the trees to pick up an out-and-back path above Mill Creek.  Retrace your steps to continue with the loop.

Looking up into the beeches in Webster Park, New York
Looking up into the beeches

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Would I go 100 miles out of my way for this? ★

Overall Rating: ★

Summer Wildflowers in Webster Park, New York
Summer Wildflowers

GPS Coordinates for the Webster Park Grand Tour

Trailhead: 43.2579167°, -077.4586667° (N43° 15.475′ W77° 27.520′ / 43°15’28.5000″, -077°27’31.2000″) 368ft. (0.0)

Trail Junction: 43.2516667°, -077.4629000° (N43° 15.100′ W77° 27.774′ / 43°15’06.0000″, -077°27’46.4400″) 359ft. (0.71)

Trail Junction near bridge: 43.2513667°, -077.4625833° (N43° 15.082′ W77° 27.755′ / 43°15’04.9200″, -077°27’45.3000″) 362ft. (0.75)

Trail Junction(Whiting Road trail sign): 43.2473833°, -077.4636333° (N43° 14.843′ W77° 27.818′ / 43°14’50.5800″, -077°27’49.0800″) 418ft. (1.10)

West Creek in Webster, New York
West Creek. Although a flash flood ripped through last week, so it looks a little different now

Gravel Road: 43.2460667°,-077.4628500° (N43° 14.764′ W77° 27.771′ / 43°14’45.8400″, -077°27’46.2600″) 410ft. (1.27)

Midnight Trail Junction: 43.2446833°, -077.4617833° (N43° 14.681′ W77° 27.707′ / 43°14’40.8600″, -077°27’42.4200″) 440ft. (1.41)

Trail Junction: 43.2530667°, -077.4540000° (N43° 15.184′ W77° 27.240′ / 43°15’11.0400″, -077°27’14.4000″) 393ft. (1.51)

Trail Junction: 43.2460167°, -077.4599667° (N43° 14.761′ W77° 27.598′ / 43°14’45.6600″, -077°27’35.8800″) 433ft. (1.57)

Trail Junction (after circling cabin): 43.2460833°, -077.4545000° (N43° 14.765′ W77° 27.270′ / 43°14’45.9000″, -077°27’16.2000″) 419ft. (1.92)

Wildflowers and an old log in the woods of Webster Park, New York
Wildflowers and an old log in the woods

Trail Junction: 43.2502500°, -077.4545000° (N43° 15.015′ W77° 27.270′ / 43°15’00.9000″, -077°27’16.2000″) 414ft. (2.26)

Trail Junction: 43.2508333°, -077.4542500° (N43° 15.050′ W77° 27.255′ / 43°15’03.0000″, -077°27’15.3000″) 394ft. (2.34)

Tennis Courts: 43.2551500°, -077.4509500° (N43° 15.309′ W77° 27.057′ / 43°15’18.5400″, -077°27’03.4200″) 376ft. (2.80)

Trail Junction (turn off tennis court road): 43.2573667°, -077.4513833° (N43° 15.442′ W77° 27.083′ / 43°15’26.5200″, -077°27’04.9800″) 365ft. (2.98)

“The Lake Parking Lot”: 43.2603000°, -077.4511500° (N43° 15.618′ W77° 27.069′ / 43°15’37.0800″, -077°27’04.1400″) 307ft. (3.21)

Hiking up the old road past the Ridge Shelter in Webster Park, New York
Hiking up the old road past the Ridge Shelter

Gate near the Ridge Hill Shelter: 43.2592000°, -077.4530333° (N43° 15.552′ W77° 27.182′ / 43°15’33.1200″, -077°27’10.9200″) 326ft. (3.36)

Trail Junction (turn toward Wolf Cabin): 43.2537333°, -077.4543667° (N43° 15.224′ W77° 27.262′ / 43°15’13.4400″, -077°27’15.7200″) 355ft. (3.82)

Trail Junction (just after crossing East Creek): 43.2549833°, -077.4557667° (N43° 15.299′ W77° 27.346′ / 43°15’17.9400″, -077°27’20.7600″) 336ft. (4.01)

Trail Junction (near the field): 43.2566667°, -077.4582500° (N43° 15.400′ W77° 27.495′ / 43°15’24.0000″, -077°27’29.7000″) 342ft. (4.20)

End: 43.2578167°, -077.4585333° (N43° 15.469′ W77° 27.512′ / 43°15’28.1400″, -077°27’30.7200″) 336ft. (4.28)

The gpx file for the “Grand Tour” through Webster Park can be downloaded – please note that this and the GPS Coordinates are for reference only and should not be used as a sole resource when hiking this trail.

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Sunshine through beech leaves, Webster, New York
Sunshine through beech leaves

Getting to Webster Park

If you’re familiar with Webster Park, you want to park in the small gravel parking area near the entrance to the Campground Road, across from the Kanatota Lodge.

Wildflowers along the Ridge Trail, Webster Park, New York
Wildflowers along the trail

From Rochester, take I-490 to NY-590N.  Use the middle lane to get onto NY-590N.  After 4.5 miles, take Exit 10B onto NY-104E toward Webster.  You’ll fairly quickly cross the Irondequoit Bay Bridge.  After 5 miles, immediately after crossing under the bridge for 5 Mile Line Road, take the exit for Holt Road onto the exit ramp.  At the end of the ramp, turn left onto Holt Road.  Continue about 3 miles to the (nearly) end of the road; turn left onto Lake Road.  After 0.6 miles, turn left into the parking area – the parking area is across the road from the Kanatota Lodge.

Mill Creek, Webster Park, New York
Mill Creek

From Wayne County, either take NY-104W to Holt Road or you can drive west on Lake Road to the parking area.

Visual trail map of the "Grand Tour" of Webster Park, New York
Visual trail map of the “Grand Tour” of Webster Park

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