Steps leading up to the reservoir A satellite view of the reservoir from Google Earth View from the bottom of the 'hill'. Image captured by David Howe, June 1998 View from the top of the 'hill'. Image captured by David Howe, June 1998 Cobbs Hill serves as a great location for photography, with its view of the Rochester skyline. Image captured by Brian Milburn, April 2011 Upload new image "photo.jpg"
|Culver Road and Norris Drive, Rochester, NY 14610|
|Bordered on north by I-490, on west by Culver Road, on east by residential neighborhoods, and on south by Highland Ave|
Cobbs Hill Park is located just off of Monroe Avenue in the Upper Monroe Avenue Neighborhood. It is naturally split into two sections. The lower area has a pond called Lake Riley, baseball fields, and basketball courts, as well as pavilions that can be rented for group events. The upper part of the park has a separate entrance off Highland Avenue, and it contains the historic Cobbs Hill Reservoir, a beautiful view of the city, and a nifty Water Board building.
The reservoir is a great place for walking and running, with both an asphalt sidewalk and a one-way road all the way around. Public parking is available on the north side of the reservoir.
The county also maintains a radio tower atop Cobbs Hill, which is used for public safety communications.
To the east of the reservoir is Washington Grove. Covering approximately 100 acres, Washington Grove has a network of trails that winds through mature oaks and interesting topography. It's also home to two abandoned water towers. The area is a popular place for dog walking (on-leash), but bicycles are prohibited.
Composed mostly of glacial deposits from about 12,000 years ago, Cobbs Hill is the beginning point of a set of hills which run for a few miles along Highland Ave through residential and commercial neighborhoods, including Pinnacle Hill (the highest point in Rochester). Public spaces in this range include Highland Park, Mt. Hope Cemetery and the University of Rochester Campus.
Lake Riley, a large man made pond (fishing allowed)
Excellent scenic views
Biking, Hiking and Walking trails
Some Interesting Facts
Reservoir at the top holds 144,000,000 gallons of water.
Gatehouse was designed by J. F. Warner (of AJ Warner & Co. Architects fame).
1943-1945 used as a POW camp.
Notes and References
Excellent timeline on VintageViews.org
Vintage Postcard Views from VintageViews.org
Actual size of Washington Grove
The wooded area referred to as Washington Grove is no more than 27 acres in area. This is excluding the lawn area surrounding the water tanks and including the hardwood "forest." The area of Cobb's Hill Park as a whole is in the order of 100 acres. (Area measurements were performed with Google Earth.)
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2005-11-16 22:02:25 Great photo! I've dragged my panting ass up those steps too many times too remember :) —MariahBetz
2010-06-30 10:59:58 It should be noted that Lake Riley was once a turning basin on the Erie Canal. —LtPowers