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Hiking and Trails

329 acre Quarry Hill Park offers more than eight miles of trails. Paved, grassy and rugged terrain provide a variety of options. Whether you’re looking to get in shape, reduce stress, or simply enjoy nature, hiking in Quarry Hill's diverse habitats brings immediate rewards.

Kids love hiking, too! Hiking can be the perfect introduction to the natural world and inspire your children's appreciation of the environment.
Quarry Hill has hiking and walking trails appropriate for all ages and abilities.

Take a look at our maps and find a great trail for you.

Things to Note

  • The lands of Quarry Hill Park were once part of Rochester’s historic State Hospital grounds.
  • Look for markers along the Quarry Ruin trail describing the history of the park.
  • In 1998 a twenty-acre hilltop site was restored to an oak savanna. It is maintained in cooperation with the City of Rochester Park and Recreation.
  • Check out the scenic overlook of downtown Rochester from the quarry and the oak savanna.
  • Woodland, meadow, pond and prairie, and oak savanna habitats provide hikers with variety.

Pro Tips

  • Staying on designated trails reduces erosion.
  • Bring bug spray when hiking the woodland and stream trails.
  • Look for invasive Garlic Mustard and pull it as you hike – stop the spread!
  • When going down a steep slope, shorten your stride and land on the balls of your feet with a bent knee.
  • Don’t leave trash in the woods. The wilderness thanks you for your service!

 
It's a great day to be outdoors!