Washington Grove, the easternmost extremity of Cobbs Hill Park, comprises about 26 acres of relatively undisturbed old growth forest within the bounds of the City of Rochester. As part of a city park, Washington Grove is open to all visitors. In 1935 the principal of Rochester’s Washington Junior High School stated, “The Grove is a beautiful woods upon a wonderful hill. It is a haven for birds and small animal life. Its a place for ferns and flowers of the wooded dell. It speaks to you of a wonderful past, it begs you to make it a glorious future for people to enjoy. What Washington Grove will become depends on your present consideration and your thoughtful care.” (See “History of Washington Grove” on our Resources page.) The challenge he issued then is particularly valid today.
See below for details of its history, geology and ecology.