Maplewood Park is a linear park that follows the river from Driving Park Blvd. and the Lower Falls to just north of Route 104, ending at the pedestrian bridge over the Genesee. Learn more about the history and geology during a guided walk with the Lower Falls Foundation.
The parking lot at the Maplewood Rose Garden in Lower Maplewood is your starting point when visiting the Lower Gorge and Falls.
Maplewood Rose Garden
Walk under the Driving Park Bridge from the Maplewood Rose Garden to Lower Falls Park along the GRT (Genesee Riverview Trail)
Lower Falls Park
Middle Falls (accessible via the Genesee Riverview Trail, owned by RG&E)
Continuing north along the Genesee Riverview Trail will take you through Middle Maplewood, located in the Seneca Parkway area just south of Route 104. The GRT takes you under both the Driving Park and Memorial Bridges.
The Upper Maplewood section, 1.5 miles north, will connect you via pedestrian bridge to the east bank of the Genesee River to Seneca Park, another Olmstead-designed park along the Genesee Riverview Trail.
On a warm Saturday in mid-June, you’ll find the rose garden in full bloom for the annual Maplewood Rose Festival. The festival is much bigger than just 3,000+ rose bushes, though they certainly are the star of the show. The Maplewood Community Association sponsors lower gorge tours, yoga, rose & photography workshops, historic architecture walks, music and entertainment. The festival is only one day, but you can freely enjoy the rose garden June through November.
In October, Maplewood is again a destination on the agenda for River Romance weekend. Early Autumn is a beautiful time of year to enjoy river-centric activities. Check the City of Rochester website for the schedule of activities each year, which includes tours of the Lower and Middle Falls and the Lower Gorge. RG&E typically runs tours of their plant at Middle Falls as well.