Perinton Hike-Bikeway

  Erie Canal to Pannell Road, Perinton, Monroe County
Parking:  Egypt Park on Victor Road, near the corner of Pittsford-Palmyra Road (Route 31)
Alternate Parking: At the trail crossing on Ayrault Road or in Center Park on Ayrault Road
Riding Time:  35 minutes one way
Length:  4.4 miles one way
Difficulty:  Easy, level
Surface:  Packed stonedust
Trail Markings:  Green-and-white signs at road intersections:
 No Motorized Vehicles on Hike-Bikeway
 Rochester, Syracuse, & Eastern Trolley Trail
Facilities: Restrooms in Egypt Park and Center Park
Dogs:   OK on leash
Admission:   Free
Contact:  Town of Perinton, Recreation and Parks Department, 1350 Turk Hill Road, Fairport, NY 14450     (585) 223-5050


The path you will ride once carried two electric trolley lines operated by the Rochester, Syracuse, and Eastern Rapid Railroad from 1906 until 1931. It was part of the Beebe Syndicate, a group of 12 high-speed, interurban, electric train lines which ran from Buffalo, through Rochester and Syracuse, then north to Oswego. The Rochester, Syracuse & Eastern Rapid Railroad portion ran from downtown Rochester to Auburn through East Rochester, Fairport, Egypt, Palmyra, Newark, and others. A car house was located between Port Gibson and Newark. The dockmaster building in the village of Fairport is a renovated trolley stop building that was saved and moved to Fairport.

In 1908 the fare from Fairport to Rochester was $0.15 one way and $0.25 round trip. People of the time complained about the excessive fees. The RS&E cost $144,000 per mile to build (far more than an average railroad) and never made a profit in its short 25-year history. There were three reasons for its failure to prosper. First, it competed with an existing steam railroad and was never able to garner enough lucrative freight business. Second, its initial cost was too great for its earning capacity. And, finally, like all interurbans, it lost out to competition from the gasoline engine, as cars became the transportation mode of choice.

East Rochester was changed by the RS&E. Originally established as the town of Despatch in 1893, the townsfolk voted to change their name after the trolley came to town. A substation in the village still bears the Despatch name and is used today by Xerox Corporation.
Today the Perinton Hike-Bikeway traverses suburban backyards and remote woods. Before or after your ride, enjoy the restrooms, tennis courts, picnic tables, and swing sets in Egypt Park. A must for any visit is a walk around the animal pens of Lollypop Farm to see horses, ponies, donkeys, llamas, English fallow deer, geese, ducks, goats, and sheep. For a donation of $1.00 you can enter the petting area with llamas and goats. The animal shelter building houses dogs and cats looking for new homes. Behind the pet cemetery, a 1.3-mile loop hiking trail leads up a hill. See Take A Hike - Family Walks in the Rochester Area for a map and directions.

There is no parking at either end of this trail. The route described leaves from Egypt Park, heads northwest to the Erie Canal. It then reverses, goes past the start point, and heads toward the eastern end at Pannell Road. Once again it reverses and returns to the start at Egypt Park. So, a round trip (8.8 miles) is achieved from a parking spot midway between the ends of the trail.

Add to your trip by riding the new loop trails within Center Park, behind the Perinton Community Center. Center Park also has restrooms, a playground, hiking trails, and an amphitheater where concerts are held during the summer. Plans are in place to build a bridge over the Erie Canal within the next few years. This will connect the Perinton Hike-Bikeway to the 85-mile long Erie Canalway Trail.

Distance Between Major Roads:

Egypt Park to Hogan Road 1.3 miles
Hogan Road to Ayrault Road 0.7 mile
Ayrault Road to Erie Canal 1.1 miles
Egypt Park to Pannell Road 1.3 miles

Trail Directions

 From the parking lot at Egypt Park, head to the path at the far corner (SW).
-Follow this path over a wooden bridge.
-Turn right (W) on the wide bike path. Straight ahead is the path to Lollypop Farm.
-Cross Pittsford-Palmyra Road (Route 31).
-Cross through the front of the parking lot at the Egypt Fire Department.
-Cross Mason Road and continue on the eight-foot-wide, crushed stone bikeway.
-Cross Hogan Road.
-Cross Ayrault Road. In 1812 Egypt's first tavern and stagecoach stop was built along here. The building was moved in 1985 and is now the Oliver Loud Country Inn on the canal in Bushnells Basin.
-Pass a paved trail to the left which leads to Center Park. (Or, turn left to ride the loop trails within the park. Cross Pebble Hill Road.
-The path ends at the Erie Canal and the intersection with an orange-blazed Crescent Trail. Do not bike on the orange trail.
-After enjoying the canal, turn around and retrace your path.
-Continue past the Egypt Park and Lollypop Farm side trails.
-Cross Victor Road.
-Continue on the raised bed, through a swamp area filled with cattails and the trunks of many dead trees.
-The western end of the trail arrives at the yellow posts before Pannell Road. (0.6 mile to the right down Pannell Road you'll find Chase Farms. In summer and fall (9 AM - 8 PM) they sell fresh strawberry and peach shortcakes to-die-for, as well as fresh produce and ice cream.)
-Turn around and retrace your path back to Egypt Park.


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