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Hollister Spencer


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Harriet Hollister Spencer Memorial State Recreation Area is a mecca for winter sports enthusiasts. Trails, ranging in difficulty from novice to expert, were constructed, maintained, and groomed by the Rochester Cross Country Ski Foundation. Cross-country skiing teams often use Spencer for practice, and recreational groups can often be seen on a winter outing.

Many of these same trails are used by hikers and even some bikers in the spring, summer and fall months.  The Overlook Trail is the most popular hiking trail, however the above signature view at Spencer can be seen from the main park road.

The land was a gift to the state from the estate of Harriet Hollister Spencer (1887-1962), a Rochester rose expert and civic leader.

Harriet Hollister Spencer Recreation Area provides picnic tables and a pavilion, hiking, cross-country skiing and biking trails. Deer hunting is permitted in season. Small game hunting is not permitted at any time.

There are no admission fees to enter Harriet Hollister Spencer State Recreation Area.


Candice Hill Road, 6 miles south of Honeoye.

Bench with a view


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