||Rochester Falls of the Genesee River
Genesee River above the downtown falls
Rapids in downtown Rochester
can see the rapids above downtown from the Court
St. bridge. You can probably find a parking spot
on the bridge. South of the bridge is a dam
with a fall of about 15 feet north of the Court
St. bridge you can see the rapids, the downtown
skyline, and the Broad Street bridge.
the Upper Falls (High Falls) from the Pont du
Rennes (formerly the Platt St. bridge) which
is a pedestrian only bridge. Don't miss the overlook
on the east side upstream from the bridge which
has the best view. Also, be sure to visit the Brown's
Race area on the west side for a close-up view of
the crest and the remains of the water-powered era
of Rochester's industrial past.
is no easy access to the Middle Falls, and for most
of the year the water is diverted to an RG&E
generator. You may be able to catch a glimpse of
the Middle Falls from the east end of the Driving
Park Bridge or from the newly opened (2001) Lower
can see the Lower Falls from the Driving Park bridge.
For a closer look, there is a short, improved trail
from Maplewood Park to an overlook, and the Lower
Falls Park on the south side of Driving Park. You
can also find an access road off of Seth Green near
St. Paul Blvd. on which you can take a short hike
down to the bottom of the gorge.
||You can see everything
except the Middle Falls from your car. Or, you can
take a nice urban hike or bike/hike and see the best
of the Genesee gorge. Allow 2 hours for a leisurely
car/walk tour of these falls, 3 or 4 hours for a hike.
If you catch the Upper and Lower falls in the spring
or after some rain they are really quite impressive.
But they are also quite beautiful even in low water
since the flow is spread across the entire crest by
small erosion control dams.
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