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Ontario County Park at Gannett Hill

Admission Fee

Entrance is free

See below for camping & pavilion fees

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Park History

Berby HollowCredited for founding and/or expanding newspaper companies such as The Democrat and Chronicle and the USA Today, newspaper mogul Frank Gannett was a prominent figure in the Rochester and portion of the hilltop. The owner of the park site itself was actually Llewlyn C. Watkins. It is important to note that the Gannett family property has never been a part of the park – the park was named after the Gannett family due to its history of farming and Frank Gannett’s distinction. Aside from the Public Square, the Gannett Hill area was a leading candidate for the county’s first park. In 1916 a group of Boy Scouts from the City of Canandaigua hiked Gannett Hill and camped at the top as guests of Irving B. Wilson who owned 300 acres at the stop. Jump OffThis ‘first annual’ hike received a great deal of coverage and soon tourists were being encouraged to drive up the hill. By 1963, Bernice M. Watkins, widow of Llewelyn C. Watkins, was anxious to sell the property to the county. Through the assistance of state aid, the Board of Supervisors approved the acquisition of the land. Initial development included the improvement of access roads, restroom facilities, picnic tables and the first pavilions. In 1967, Supervisors approved the construction of a four-million gallon reservoir pond on the site. The “jump off” site was also improved with a retaining wall. It has been almost fifty years since the purchase of the park site. Today, it serves more than fifty thousand visitors each year.

Park Description

Ten thousand to twenty thousand years ago, during the Glacial Age, ice carved and sculptured the Finger Lakes Region.  There's no better place to slip away to than the highest point in Ontario County, Gannett Hill Park, in the scenic Bristol Hills. At an elevation of 2,256 feet above sea level, you'll have expansive views to the East; view portions of Ontario County and the hills behind Seneca and Cayuga Lakes.  The Northeast is a panorama - changing with each season.  Gannett Hill Park is no different.

        Camp Sites

View from the South

Recently, a new cabin was added to the park's collection.  Take a look at the videos below for a first-hand view of the delivery.  Switch to full-screen for the full effect!

     


This is a "Carry In / Carry Out" Park. Please use the bags provided to carry out your own refuse and recyclables.

Yours To Enjoy: Reservoir

  • Hiking Trails
  • Biking Trails
  • Playground
  • 3 Softball Diamonds
  • Fishing Pond
  • Picnic Sites complete with tables, grills, and covering
  • Tremendous Scenery
  • 410 Acres of woods and open land      
                             View from the East

Reservations Recommended

Fees and Rates

Campsites (with electricity)..........$20/night
Campsites (without electricity)......$15/night
Cabins (1 or 2 Rooms).................$30-$40/night
Small Pavilions............................$10/day
#2 Pavilion (15-30 People)............$25/day
#5 Pavilion (50-70 People)............$30/day
#11 Pavilion (30-45 People)..........$30/day
Watkins Lodge............................$50/day
Wilson Lodge..............................$75/day

Extended & Seasonal Rates..........Call