Brookdale Preserve

Location: Town of Chili, Monroe County

Size: 275 acres

Description: This Preserve borders the Genesee Valley Greenway on the east and the Conrail RR line on the west. It contains wooded wetlands, open meadows, and hardwood uplands. It is home to numerous kinds of birds and an exceptional variety of frogs.

History: Prior to becoming a nature preserve, the property had lain fallow for several decades, after being used as agricultural fields. Several areas were mowed periodically, including the area around the farm pond. The Preserve is now in various stages of succession. This Preserve was donated to Genesee Land Trust in 1998 as part of a resolution to an enforcement action brought against RG&E by New York State Department of Conservation.

Trail Description: A trail leads ½ mile (each way) through a wooded wetland, mown utility right-of-way, woodland, and meadow, ending at a pond. The trail surface consists of sections of mulch, boardwalk, mud, and grass.

*Genesee Land Trust permits bow hunting at Brookdale Preserve. If you are interested in obtaining a permit to bow hunt at Brookdale Preserve contact Kevin Farrell at


Getting There

Driving Directions: Brookdale Preserve is north of Brook Road, bordered on one side by the Genesee Valley Greenway Trail. From the intersection of Rte 252 (Jefferson Road) and Rte 383 (Scottsville Road) in Chili, go south on 383, turn west on Brook Road. Parking at the trailhead is available in the New York State Department of Parks parking lot on the right, about 1000 feet west of Rte 383.

Approximate Address of Parking: 66 Brook Road, Scottsville

GPS coordinates: 43.077352,-77.709582

Preserve Rules

Genesee Land Trust staff photos