Nestled in between an express way and 2 highly trafficked roads near the Penfield/Brighton Town borders, Corbett’s Falls is a hidden green space in an urban jungle.

I discovered it through a friend’s photograph, and further research lead me to this website: for maps, parking information, and the history of Allen’s Creek. I decided I could not find a better way to describe it than the website’s author:

Hidden away in the development-packed Rochester suburb of Penfield, the Glen continues to serve as a small slice of nature for the community to enjoy. The pebble-lined Allens Creek enters the park as visitors do, through the vaulted stone arch of the railway bridge. It is this tunnel that gives visitors a feeling of entering another world; one that really shouldn’t be here, as they leave the busy expressways and business complexes above, and follow Allens Creek as it winds around glacial formations and drops over several small frothy cascades. Tunnel Falls, lying just as the creek emerges from beneath the vine-covered stone of the rail bridge, is the first of many lovely scenes that is remembered long after leaving. Two additional cascades, although small in size, shake up the creek and provide a little excitement in this otherwise serene landscape.”

A two minute walk down a private drive will take you to the tunnel where Allen’s Creek produces the 1st waterfall. There you will find a lovely picnic table and bench, perfect for taking a quick work-day lunch break. Keep on walking the two-mile trail for more breathtaking views of waterfalls, wetland marsh, woodland and meadow. You’ll be there and back again within a few short hours. Here’s a trail map to get you started: CorbettsGlen-TRAILS.pdf