Rochester, NY

Mt. Hope Cemetery, Highland Park, University of Rochester

Mt. Hope Cemetery and Highland Park are two wonderful green spaces for running, 3 miles from downtown and adjacent to the University of Rochester.

At 197 acres, Mt. Hope Cemetery was founded in 1838 and is a historical landmark. There are 14 miles of paths within the cemetery, and the perimeter road is 3 miles. This is a great opportunity to run some hills. There are lovely trees and vegetation, interesting funerary art, and fascinating mausoleums. Try to find the graves of Frederick Douglass, and women’s rights pioneer Susan B. Anthony! This is a good spot to come in winter, since the paths are cleared. MAP

Adjacent Highland Park is also wonderful for running. At some 500 acres, the park was once the world’s largest nursery. Today, the Olmsted-designed park features a bountiful collection of trees and plants, including 500 varieties of lilacs, as well azaleas, cherry blossoms, forsythias, rhododendrons and 35 varieties of magnolia. The Highland Park Path is about 1 mile, and altogether there are 2-3 miles of paths in the park. At the northwest end of the park there’s an entrance to Mt. Hope Cemetery (see map).

University of Rochester. A nice add-on to our Mt. Hope Cemetery and Highland Park route. Olmsted-designed university campus sits on the water.

The residential roads of the Mt. Hope & Lilac neighborhoods are also pleasant for running.


  • Mt. Hope Cemetery: 14 miles of paths & 3 miles around perimeter; Highland Park has 2-3 miles of paths
  • Hilly
  • The cemetery is off Mt. Hope Ave.; Highland Park runs off Highland Ave.