Lower Falls in Rochester

by Ron Andrews
(Rochester, NY)

Lower Falls in Rochester

Lower Falls in Rochester

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 is considerable spray from the falls. In the winter this produces a localized ice storm. When there is sunshine, there are vivid rainbows. When the river is running low it is safe to climb down to the crest of the falls and walk out on the low dam at the crest of the falls. While the falls are in a urban setting, it is far more park like now than 125 years ago. When Rochester was known as the Flour City (rather than the Flower City), the river was lined on both sides with mills. The gorge below the falls is wild and wooded. It is easy to forget you are in the middle of a metro area with about a million people (except in the fall when the salmon are running).

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Jan 25, 2014
Western ny
by: Anonymous

Letchworth state Park is another great option. Too many to pick from in Western ny. The finger lakes region has many things to offer.

Apr 28, 2013
Correction
by: Ron Andrews

I neglected to put my name on the prior comment replying to Tom about his romantic plans.

Apr 28, 2013
To be young again...
by: Anonymous

Tom,
Your (soon to be) girl friend will be lucky to have such a romantic partner. As I wrote before, I enjoy visiting this waterfall, but I would not consider it the most romantic waterfall in upstate New York. I have yet to get my wife to join me on one of my hikes to the base of this waterfall. There is also a matter of personal safety. Employees at the Kodak Hawkeye plant that overlooks the lower falls routinely asked for a security escort to the parking lot. There are three state parks that would be better choices for that special kiss. Watkins Glen has over a dozen waterfalls in the 1.5 mile walk up the glen. At Buttermilk Falls State Park the main falls drops into a swimming pool. I think the best areas of the park are above the main falls. Just follow the trail. Stony Brook State Park is similar to Buttermilk Falls in some ways. The creek is dammed to form a swimming area. Again, the best parts of the park are above the swimming area. There are several places where you can get wet if you want to.

Good luck

Apr 23, 2013
Dream Come True
by: Tom

For the last 2 weeks i have been looking for a beautiful waterfall to take my (soon to be) girlfriend to because she said her dream kissing spot is in a hammock in front of or under a waterfall. I live in baldwinsville ny and was wondering how to get their. I almost tried to get a ok from the man who owns the waterfalls from the movie just go with it. you saved me a lot of money on 2 plane tickets to hawaii so thanks. please e-mail me directions at beastman567@gmail.com. Im 14 by the way.

Apr 02, 2011
WOW!
by: Anonymous

If you can see this daily....especially on your lunch hour....all I have to say is WOW! Absolutely AMAZING!!!!

Hope to visit one day from Nova Scotia Canada
if I can find it!

Dec 12, 2010
Getting to Rochester
by: World of Waterfalls

Hi,

I don't think there's a direct way to get from India to Rochester, New York. However, from our experiences in traveling to India last year and from making a brief stop in Rochester three years ago, I do know that you can catch international flights (with connections) from Delhi to JFK in New York.

Once in JFK, we were able to connect to Buffalo, NY (not far from Niagara Falls) before hiring a car and driving for a couple of hours east towards Rochester. Driving out there is far more tame than what you're probably used to in India.

Once you manage to find the falls within the city, you can then ask around for getting to the bottom of the falls. I didn't recall we were able to find a way down, but then again, maybe we didn't look hard enough.

Hope this helps. Maybe someone else can advise on how to get to the bottom.

Dec 12, 2010
How to reach Lower Falls in Rochester?
by: Anonymous

Hi,
I would like to know how to reach Lower Falls in Rochester from India. Is there any other falls in Rochester?
V.K.Kanniappan

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