Perinton, New York has been named one of the top 10 "Trail Towns" in the United States by the American Hiking Society (AHS) and the U. S. National Park Service. This recognition came as a result of an AHS call for towns, cities and counties with exemplary trail systems to step forward, describe how trails are an integral feature of their respective communities, and submit their trail accomplishments to a national panel of judges. For more information on why Perinton was voted a top ten "Trail Town USA," click here – Trail Town USA.
In Perinton there are three major, interconnecting trailways: the Erie Canal Heritage Trail, the Rochester Syracuse & Eastern Trolley Trail (a.k.a. Perinton Hikeway-Bikeway), and the Crescent Trail.
Both the Erie Canal Heritage Trail, towpath of the historic Erie Canal, and the RS&E Trolley Trail, the railbed of a former interurban electric trolley, are on publicly-owned rights of way. The surfaces are level, improved, and suitable for multiple uses such as bicycling, jogging, hiking, and cross-country skiing. They are closed to motorized vehicles. Both were recognized by the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy in 40 Great RailTrails in New York and New England.
The Town of Perinton Parks Department works closely the Crescent Trail Hiking Association in the planning, construction, and maintenance of the trail system.
Other Links of Interest:
- American Hiking Society
- National Park Service
- Erie Canal
- New York State Canals
- Parks and Trails New York
- Genesee Valley Trails Coalition
Link to: The Natural History of Perinton