Brockport: The First Empire State Trail Town
The “Victorian Village on the Erie Canal,” Brockport, located about 20 miles west of Rochester, was the first community along the Erie Canalway Trail to be officially designated an Empire State Trail Town. From its Main Street lined with quaint shops to the College at Brockport, State University of New York, the village is a great place to experience all that the Erie Canal and Canalway Trail have to offer.
Why visit Brockport?
- Brockport's pedestrian-friendly downtown of small shops and restaurants (many of which are certified Bike Friendly New York businesses) is listed on the National Register of Historic places. Marked by a large mural of the village, the Lift Bridge Book Shop regularly brings in visiting authors. The Strand Theater is the second-oldest movie theater in the U.S. and is still playing newly-released movies.
- The Village prides itself on its public art, its canalfront Welcome Center staffed by volunteers who greet boaters and Erie Canal cyclists, and its nine public parks.
- Notable festivals and events include:
- Low Bridge, High Water (May) - Festival at the Welcome Center celebrating the beginning of the canal season.
- Summer Serenades (Thursday evenings in July & August) - live music and acts at the Welcome Center.
- Brockport Farmers Market (Sundays throughout the summer) - Quality fresh foods and farm products from western Monroe County on Market Street between Main St and Park Ave.
- Brockport Arts Festival (August) - Over a hundred artists and crafts-people cover a wide variety of categories and styles on Main Street. Festivities also include food vendors, a winegarden, live music, and a Duck Derby on the canal.
- On the Canals accessible bike and kayak excursions (Weekends in August & September) - free kayak and free cycling excursions on the canal offering both standard and adaptive equipment.
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- Parking and Trail Access Info
- Park in the Village of Brockport at the Welcome Center or other public parking lot (see map) and access the Erie Canalway Trail via Main Street or Park Avenue lift bridges
- Park in Corbett Park and access trail via Smith Street, north of lift bridge
- Park and access the trail at the Empire State Trail trailhead on the east side of Redman Road/NY-31, north of the canal
- Brockport Welcome Center (Open daily May - October, 12pm-6pm). The Brockport Welcome Center features information about the village, along with an information room featuring a computer, printer, and free wi-fi, an electric vehicle charging station and an adaptive kayak launch. Additional amenities include:
- Eleven bikes to borrow (8 adult and 3 children's) as well as helmets
- Two handicapped accessible bathrooms with showers
- Coin-operated Laundry
- Overnight Camping (with registration at the Welcome Center)
- Bike Fix-It Station
- Bikes to borrow (seven adult and three children’s bikes)
- Grills & picnic tables
- Dockside pedestals with potable water & electric (available and convenient for tent campers)
Village of Brockport (127 Main Street) - (585) 637-5300
Brockport Welcome Center (11 Water Street) - (585) 637-1000
SUNY Brockport (350 New Campus Drive) - (585) 395-2751
Bike Friendly New York Certified Businesses
|Food & Drink||Retail Shop||Accommodations|
|Java Junction Coffee & Bakery |
56 Main Street
Café featuring coffee, sandwiches, baked goods, and more.
|Bicycle Outfitters Inc. |
72 Main Street
Full service bike shop.
|Park Ave Bed & Breakfast |
205 Park Ave
Charming B&B in historic 1851 hotel.
|Port Pockets & Deli |
27 Main Street
Deli featuring subs, soups, salads, port pockets, and ice cream in the summer.
|Trader Shag's Emporium |
84 Main Street
New and used vinyl, CDs, DVDs, and more.
|Other Businesses: |
27 Market Street
Art gallery featuring a new exhibit every month.
|Mark’s Pizzeria |
121 Main Street
Local chain pizzeria featuring sweet marinara sauce.
|Lift Bridge Bookshop |
45 Main Street
Two floors of books and innovative toys.
|The Red Bird Café & Gift Shop |
25 Main Street
Tea parlor and home decor.
|Unique Gift Boutique |
71 Main Street
Variety of gift items.
41 Main Street
Gift shop selling clothing, jewelry, accessories, and decoration.
40 Main Street
Unique shop with locally made and ethically sourced items