One of my favorite places to visit, Tinker Nature Park is hidden in the rural part of Henrietta, nestled at the corner of Calkins Road and Pittsford-Henrietta Townline Road. The sign for the Calkins entrance is quite difficult to see, which makes passing this beautiful plot of land a bit too easy.
While not exactly for “hiking”, this is an ideal place to park a car and have a mindless stroll (or quiet, easy run). From the parking lot to the end of the longest trail, the place is set up to be peaceful and serene. The land is completely flat, and visitors will not get their feet wet.
From the main parking lot, to the north lies a museum-style building which includes restrooms. To the east, a well-kept garden is maintained, displaying an array of in-season flowers or plants. To the south, a sidewalk winds away in the distance, revealing the beginning of the perimeter trail. It is here that visitors are warned against bringing dogs or bicycles. The signage is plain and simple – no room for misinterpretation.
The first trail is the perimeter trail, which encompasses the entire park. The signs reveal that this trail is 1.2 miles in length – long enough for a decent stroll, or a quick run. The trail features the new “Fairy Trail”, and then finishes with a set of fitness stations. It is divided in two by the Boardwalk Trail which snakes up along a pond where it is easy to sit and watch the herons catching fish.
Fairy Trail is a newer addition to Tinker Nature Park. Tree stumps are carved and fashioned into “fairy huts” which I call them. They are decorated with gems, metallic objects, wire, and other ornate items to make visitors take notice. I have included some pics of my favorites.
Today, we took the Boardwalk Trail out of the woods. The boardwalk sits between rows of cattails, where visitors can stroll along and watch the dragonflies fluttering around and landing on the railings. Often, it is not unusual to hear a bullfrog or see a turtle poking its head out of the water in this swampy area. Some visitors prefer to sit on the bench parked off to one side of the boardwalk and listen to the sounds of nature.
Along the way back to the car, it is almost easy to miss my personal favorite part of the park: the Chase Pitkin Nature Trail. This trail is marked at 0.5 miles long, and it features a well-kept trail in the woods with two bridges passing over a swampy area. If a visitor were to stand in one place long enough, he or she might see a family of deer, or notice a baby toad hopping along, or hear the sounds of leaves rustling, or birds chirping. This is truly what freedom and peace feels like, and it might just resemble my kind of Heaven.