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Serene lakes, beautiful vistas, winding trails, rugged inclines—the lush Finger Lakes region offers beaches and parks galore. For more information, click on the names below.
Sandy Bottom Beach Park is on the northern end of the lake offering access to both the lake and the Honeoye Creek outlet. The hamlet of Richmond hosts this beautiful little park that gives visitors chance to swim at the sandy beach and fish along the outlet. Plenty of accommodations are present including a highly recommended nature trail through the marsh surrounding the outlet.
Mendon Ponds Park is the largest Monroe County Park with 2,500 acres of woodlands, ponds, wetlands and glacially created landforms. In 1969, it was named to the National Registry of Natural Landmarks due to its geologic history and presence of significant kames, eskers, and kettles. This distinct park offers six lodges and seven shelters, all available for rental. Mendon Ponds has many recreational areas, a boat launch, Sharon’s Sensory Garden, and Wild Wings, a not-for-profit educational organization that houses and cares for permanently injured birds of prey, which are no longer able to survive on their own in the wild.
Kershaw Park features 9 acres of park land on the north shore of Canandaigua Lake. Redeveloped in 1996 –1997, the park improvements include sidewalk on both sides of Lakeshore Drive, lakefront walkways, a new beach area, new bathhouse, a new small craft launch area, a new public dock equipped with a boat pump-out station, improved landscaping and shoreline protection. Picnic pavilions and an open air gazebo are available. Park hours are 6:00AM-9:00PM from October 31– April 30 and 6 AM-11PM from May 1– October 30.
Named for the Rochester gardener, rose expert, and civic leader who donated the land, the Harriet Hollister Spencer Memorial Recreation Area is located on Canadice Hill on Canadice Hill Road in the southern part of the Town of Canadice in Ontario County. Open year round, this 740-acre site offers a variety of recreational opportunities, including hiking, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, birding, photography, and picnicking. A pavilion is available for group activities.
Grimes Glen is a long deep gorge that cuts through countless layers of shale and limestone as it makes its way into the village of Naples, eventually joining with Naples Creek, the southern inlet to Canandaigua Lake. Grimes Greek has its origins 5 miles to the north at Cleveland Hill, one of the highest points in the Naples region.
There's no better place to slip away to than the highest point in Ontario County, Gannett Hill Park, in the scenic Bristol Hills. At an elevation of 2,256 feet above sea level, you'll have expansive views to the East; view portions of Ontario County and the hills behind Seneca and Cayuga Lakes. A panorama, changing with every season is the Northeast. From "Look Out" you'll view the Bristol Hills.