High Falls Rochester NY

High Falls

High Falls is both the name of the waterfall and the district in the city where it can be found. The waterfall can best be seen from the Pont de Rennes Bridge, spanning the Genesee River between High Falls on the west bank, and the Genesee Brew House on the east bank.

High Falls Genesee River Rochester
View from the roof top seating area at Genesee Brew House
High Falls Genesee River Rochester
View from the pedestrian bridge
High Falls Genesee River Rochester
View from the pedestrian bridge
High Falls Genesee River Rochester
View from the rooftop seating area at Genesee Brew House

Plenty of parking on both sides of the river

I recommend if your goal is to simply to see the falls, then park at the Genesee Brew House off St. Paul Blvd. and head up to the roof for a drink, or grab a window seat and a meal inside.

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East Side: High Falls Viewing Platform

If your goal is more to explore the area, there’s a parking lot next to the brew house at High Falls Terrace Park. There is platform on the east-side of the river, walking south from the brew house.

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Path leading from the pedestrian bridge to the viewing platform
High Falls Genesee River Rochester NY
Ramp leading up to the viewing platform
High Falls Genesee River Rochester NY
East side viewing platform
High Falls Genesee River Rochester NY
CSX and Amtrak line runs above High Falls, seen with normal water flow
High Falls Genesee River Rochester NY
Heavy water flow after severe rains in the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions.

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This platform mural by Shawn Dunwoody was completed just after we visited.

West Side: High Falls Historic District

If you are also interested in the geological and industrial heritage of the region, or to learn about the great work Greentopia is doing to revitalize the space, start on the west side and park on the street or in the parking garage on Lake Ave. Wander the beautiful cobblestone streets, look out over the original Brown’s Race mills, and visit the High Falls Interpretive Center and Museum.

High Falls Genesee River Rochester

High Falls Genesee River Rochester

High Falls Genesee River Rochester

High Falls Genesee River Rochester

More information about High Falls

High Falls Genesee River Rochester
Rendering inside the Greentopia office in Historic High Falls

Here’s a quick video on the GardenAerial project lead by Greentopia:

Debi Bower

Born, raised and living life as a digital designer in Rochester, NY! I am also a day-tripper, writer & photographer, exploring the nooks and crannies that make our part of New York State so special.

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