Lower Falls of the Genesee River (Rochester)

Monroe County, New York, USA

Rating: 2.5     Difficulty: 1.5
The Lower Falls of the Genesee River in Rochester

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INTRODUCTION

The Lower Falls of the Genesee River in Rochester has the potential to be a very scenic waterfall, but its urban setting rather takes away from all it can be.

Even with that said, we could kind of envision how hard it would be to stop industrial development. And to the city's credit, it looked like they made a concerted effort to surround the falls with a park-like atmosphere so at least there was somewhat of an escape from urban chaos (i.e. factories, tall buildings, and busy streets) all around us. Besides, we thought this one was probably the prettiest of the waterfalls on the Genesee River within the city limits of Rochester.

Once we were finally able to find valid parking (see directions below), we walked to a couple of spots where we could see the falls from different vantage points. The first way we did it was by taking a signed walkway that went along the river just a little below the bridge spanning the Genesee River. This path went past a picnic area and then to a pretty cool lookout showing the falls juxtaposed with a factory and high bridge over the gorge (pictured at the top of this page).

Further upstream of the Lower Falls was the Middle Falls of the Genesee River. However, that one was completely man-modified (more like destroyed) for hydroelectric use. When we were there, it wasn't flowing at all, and all that was left was basically the concrete flood channel. In my book, this hardly counted as a waterfall so we didn't linger at this part for very much time.

Back at the road bridge at the start of this walk, we then decided to walk onto the bridge itself and tried photographing the falls through the chain-linked fence. As we did this, we noticed some guy managed to make it down to the base of the falls, but we weren't sure how he did it. We didn't bother trying to figure it out.




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PHOTO JOURNAL

View of the Lower Falls from the road bridgeView of the Lower Falls from the road bridge
Frontal view of Lower Falls with some flowersFrontal view of Lower Falls with some flowers
Follow them signsFollow them signs

View of the falls and the adjacent facility as we descended the pathView of the falls and the adjacent facility as we descended the path

A little rabbit along the paved walking pathA little rabbit along the paved walking path

Pillars en route to the fallsPillars in the picnic area en route to the falls

Pretty flowers blooming before the Lower FallsPretty flowers blooming before the Lower Falls

The Middle Falls of the Genesee RiverThe Middle Falls of the Genesee River

Closer look at the falls with a guy at the baseCloser look at the falls with a guy at the base


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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS




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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

We managed to get here by taking the Rochester Inner Loop Hwy (exiting off I-490) to St Paul St. We turned left onto the street and followed the Genesee River towards Driving Park Ave (or is it Avenue E?) turning left and going over the bridge. I think there was a car park somewhere near the corner of Lake Ave and Driving Park Ave on the west side of the bridge but I recalled parking was quite limited. There might also be metered street parking in the vicinity as well.

For geographical context, Rochester was about 77 miles (under 1.5 hours drive) east of Buffalo, 227 miles (3.5 hours drive) west of Albany, or 334 miles (6 hours drive) northwest of New York City.




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ITINERARIES

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MAP OF THE FALLS



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TRIP REPORTS

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TRIP PLANNING RESOURCES





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NEARBY WATERFALLS




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I really want to visit these falls and the ones in Letchworth. I noticed the falls don't have a strong flow in your pictures like some other pictures …

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This is one of my favorite waterfalls mostly because I can visit often. Sometimes I stop by on my lunch break. When the river is running high, there …

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