About this feature: “Sherwood in the Forest” – features the hikes of Rosie the Redbone Dog and her partner, Daily Messenger reporter Julie Sherwood.
Rosie has walked the shores of Hemlock and Canadice Lakes (more than once) and this week she saw where all that water is going – at least 144 million gallons.
Annoyed by all the mosquitoes in the forest lately, she dragged me to Cobb’s Hill Park in Rochester where one of the city’s gigantic reservoirs draws the city’s drinking water from both lakes.
And on the loop trail around the reservoir there was no bug.
Rosie encountered a few other dogs on a leash walking or jogging, and managed to stay in her own lane, for the most part.
As she sniffed heartily along the base of the decorative iron fence surrounding the reservoir, I took photos of the pond and fountain filled with sparkling water, the panoramic view of the downtown skyline. -City of Rochester and the historic Rochester Water Works from 1908.
A monument near the reservoir pays homage to the engineers behind the early 20th-century feat who took advantage of the region’s geographic features to create a huge source of drinking water for the city.
Millions of gallons of water flow by gravity from Hemlock and Canadice lakes, about 30 miles south and not far from the Rosie edge.
Take a walk on the paved walkway around the reservoir and you’ve gone 0.69 mile. The AllTrails app notes that the trail is navigable for most wheelchair / mobility equipment or stroller users. There are benches along the way to rest.
That day there was ample parking on the grounds of Reservoir Road at the north end of the trail in Cobb’s Hill Park, which is in the southeastern part of town at the intersection of Culver Road and Norris. Drive. The entire park covers 109 scenic acres for recreation and trails.
You may remember last January, Rosie lashed out around the graffiti-covered water towers in Cobb’s Hill Park.
Find out more below. Hope to see you on the track!
City of Rochester website for Cobb’s Hill: https://www.cityofrochester.gov/cobbshill/.
All information and trail map:
Email [email protected] or find Julie on Twitter: @MPN_JSherwood