Akron Falls Park

37 Places to Visit After Heavy Rains

During an arid summer, some of these creeks and rivers have very little volume, leaving their rock beds exposed. While that presents an interesting scene all its own, visiting after heavy rains makes for a spectacular, multi-sensory experience. 

When raging torrents flow over their banks and brinks, it is a stark reminder of the immense power of water. Beware, there is the potential for land devastation and issues with personal safety—always proceed with caution.

Creeks & Rivers

Channing Philbrick creek
Irondequoit Creek through Channing H Philbrick

1. Irondequoit Creek

Through Channing H Philbrick Park in Penfield

Honeoye Falls Rotary Park trail
Honeoye Creek, Rotary Park

2. Honeoye Creek

Through Rotary Park in Honeoye Falls

Oatka Creek Park
Oatka Creek Park

3. Oatka Creek

Through Oatka Creek Park in Wheatland

After Heavy Rains: Oatka Creek LeRoy
Oatka Creek

4. Oatka Creek

Through the Village of LeRoy

Wolf Creek through Letchworth

5. Wolf Creek

Through Letchworth State Park

Visit after heavy rains - Niagara River
Niagara River

6. Niagara River

Through Niagara Falls State Park in Niagara Falls, USA

Discover Niagara Shuttle Whirlpool State Park

7. Niagara River

Through Whirlpool State Park in Niagara Falls, USA


Papermill Falls Avon
Papermill Falls

8. Papermill Falls

On Conesus Creek in Avon

Shequaga Falls
Shequaga Falls

9. Shequaga Falls

On Shequaga Creek through Montour Falls

Aunt Sarahs Falls
Aunt Sarah’s Falls

10. Aunt Sarah’s Falls

On an unnamed tributary in Montour Falls

Corbetts Glen
Corbett’s Glen

11. Tunnel Falls

On Allen’s Creek though Corbett’s Glen in Brighton

Corbetts Glen
Corbett’s Glen

12. Postcard Falls

On Allen’s Creek through Corbett’s Glen in Brighton

Honeoye Falls
Honeoye Falls

13. Honeoye Falls

On Honeoye Creek through the VIllage of Honeoye Falls

Visit after heavy rains - High Falls Genesee River Rochester
High Falls on the Genesee River in Rochester, NY

14. High Falls

On the Genesee River through the City of Rochester

Visit after heavy rains - Maplewood Park Lower Falls
Maplewood Park Lower Falls

15. Lower Falls

On the Genesee River through the City of Rochester

Holley Canal Falls
Holley Canal Falls

16. Holley Canal Falls

Though not a gorge, Holley Falls dries up when the Erie Canal is drained for the winter. The East Branch Sandy Creek flows through this park as well, flowing out under the canal on its way north to Hamlin, emptying into Lake Ontario.

Water: Taughannock Falls
Taughannock Falls

17. Taughannock Falls

On Taughannock Creek through Taughannock Falls State Park

Glen Park
Glen Park Falls

18. Glen Park Falls

On Ellicott Creek through Williamsville

Akron Falls Park
Akron Falls Park

19. Akron Falls

On Murder Creek through Akron Falls Park

Visit after heavy rains - Niagara Falls American Falls
Niagara Falls

20. American Falls &
Bridal Veil Falls

On the Niagara River in Niagara Falls, USA

Top 10 - Letchworth State Park
Upper Falls in Letchworth State Park

21. Upper Falls

On the Genesee River through Letchworth State Park

Letchworth State Park Middle Falls
Middle Falls, Letchworth

22. Middle Falls

On the Genesee River through Letchworth State Park

Lower Falls, Letchworth

23. Lower Falls

On the Genesee River through Letchworth State Park

Indian Falls
Indian Falls

24. Indian Falls

On Tonawanda Creek through Corfu

Littleville Falls
Littleville Falls

25. Littleville Falls

On Conesus Creek in Avon

Water: Taughannock Falls Lower
Taughannock Falls

26. Lower Falls

On Taughannock Creek through Taughannock Falls State Park

Grimes Glen

27. Grimes Creek

Through Grimes Glen in Naples

Eternal Flame Trail Chestnut Ridge Park Buffalo
Eternal Flame Trail in Chestnut Ridge Park

28. Eternal Flame Falls

Through Chestnut Ridge Park in Orchard Park

Water: Cascadilla Gorge Ithaca
Cascadilla Gorge

29. Cascadilla Creek

Through Cascadilla Gorge in Ithaca

Buttermilk Falls
Buttermilk Falls

30. Lower Falls

On Buttermilk Creek through Buttermilk State Park

Watkins Glen State Park behind waterfall
Watkins Glen

31. Cavern Cascade

On Glen Creek through Watkins Glen State Park

Water: Stony Brook
Stony Brook

32. Lower Falls

On Stony Brook through Stony Brook State Park

Robert H Treman State Park
Robert H Treman

33. Enfield Falls

On Enfield Creek through Robert H. Treman State Park.

Roadside Waterfalls Shequaga Falls Montour Falls building
Shequaga Falls

A few more places to explore after heavy rains:

32 Roadside Waterfalls Near Rochester

Impressive waterfalls are not all buried in dark ravines accessible only by difficult trails. And for some, you do not need to get out of your car.

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39 Natural Swimming Holes

On a hot day, you can sit under a waterfall, swim in a lake, or jump in a creek at one of these refreshing natural swimming areas.

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39 Other Great Lakes Near Rochester

Rochester is well-known for our 11 Finger Lakes and 2 beautiful Great Lakes, Ontario and Erie. But there are even more fantastic, fresh-water lakes out there to discover!

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Transcending Places

Rather than an escape, I prefer to think of these as transcending places that encourage us to transcend space, time, and state of mind.

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Water Trails: 58 Places to Explore Rochester’s Waterways

Water trails are either formally marked routes along a navigable waterway, or simply any waterway suitable for kayaks and small motorized watercraft.

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Where are your favorite waterfalls and creeks to visit after heavy rains?

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Please follow the most current recommendations from the CDC and New York State for spending time away from your home. The great outdoors can provide a well needed respite & escape during stressful times. Please move quickly through parking lots, trail heads, and scenic areas. If crowded, choose a different park, trail, or time to visit. Please day trip responsibly.