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Channing H. Philbrick Park is an urban park in the town of Penfield, not far from Rochester, New York. Also known as Linear Park, this scenic area has reasonably easy hiking paths taking you through wooded areas and along the streams that flow through the park, Irondequoit Creek and Honey Creek. The streams are quite active, especially in the spring, and have small waterfalls in several areas. The paths that follow these creeks are gravel in some areas and utilize wooden walkways in others; there are a couple of bridges that the paths cross over, giving you an elevated look at your surroundings.
Visit with your Penfield camper rental, and you're likely to spot the bird species that nest in the park along with several smaller wildlife mammal species. The trails have several side paths in case you want to extend your hiking trip, and there is a kiosk where you'll see the locations of some 19th-century mills that existed in the area. Keep on the lookout, and you can see the remains of some of these buildings. Camping near Channing H. Philbrick Park is a good way to set yourself up for wildlife viewing and photography; you can even enjoy fishing if you bring a rod and reel.
In addition to hiking, renting a camper near Linear Park means you'll have a chance to enjoy a nice outdoor lunch using the park's picnic pavilion and grill. If your lunch is already prepared when you arrive, the picnic area has an exceptional view looking towards Irondequoit Creek. Although it's a city park, the plentiful tree stands and flowing creeks help to create a peaceful and relaxing environment further amplified by the wide-open sky above. There are bathroom facilities on-site, and parking is available when you arrive.
You can use your Rochester camper rental to visit other nearby attractions; there is a working farm that is open to the public and has some attractions in addition to the farm produce they grow and sell. Kids will have a heyday with the corn maze and corn pit, the hand-crafted barrel horses, antique tractor ride, and apple cannons (some adults may find these amusing too). If you feel the urge to get a round of golf in, there are more than a half-dozen golf courses in the area you can try out.
Camping in an RV rental near Channing H. Philbrick Park will put you in proximity to several more urban parks you can enjoy, including two which are located on Irondequoit Bay; Abraham Lincoln Park is the largest of the two, and it has a playground constructed entirely from logs. At the far end of the bay, there is an amusement park that was originally built in 1879 and is still operating today; it has a roller coaster, water rides, and a food concession stand. Along the coastline, you'll find the Charlotte Genesee Lighthouse, which was built in 1822 and has an attached museum; if you'd like to see an outdoor space that is undeveloped and undisturbed, Braddock Bay Wildlife Management Area offers a chance to enjoy wildlife observation, canoeing, and kayaking.
There aren't any facilities for camping at Channing H. Philbrick Park, but you'll have some good choices in the immediate area. Webster Park in Rochester has a campground area with sites for motorhome camping. The campground has restrooms with showers and a playground for young kids; some of the sites have electric hookups, but most are primitive (no hookups).
Twilight on the Erie RV Resort is a cultivated RV campground where you can rent campsites by the day, week, or month. It has a swimming pool and a children's arcade, a camp store and snack bar, and a scenic pond and hiking trail. Some of the campsites have pull-through access, and some are back-in only.
Fairport is a small village that has been called the “Crown Jewel of the Erie Canal” for its comfortable living; it's also a part of the larger town of Perinton. Fairport has several urban parks and a wetland area that has a boardwalk, making it easier for visitors to observe and move around. It also has a farmers' market and several breweries where you can sample the local products. Fairport has a reliable restaurant scene with venues ranging in price from inexpensive to fine dining and a wide selection of cuisines to choose from, including Irish and Lebanese foods.
If you'd like an urban landing spot slightly bigger and more exciting, Pittsford is your best choice. Like Fairport, Pittsford is a suburb of Rochester with many attractions. It has several wellness spas if you'd like to relax and unwind, opportunities for shopping, and local tour companies that offer wine and canal tours, amongst others. For the curious, it has a fish hatchery that welcomes the public and a public library where you can curl up with a good book.