Water: Littleville Falls Avon

26 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

Oatka Creek Park
Oatka Creek

1. Oatka Creek through Oatka Creek Park

After Heavy Rains: Oatka Creek LeRoy
Oatka Creek

2. Oatka Creek through LeRoy

Visit after heavy rains - Channing Philbrick Park
Irondequoit Creek

3. Irondequoit Creek through Channing H Philbrick Park

Visit after heavy rains - Niagara River
Niagara River

4. Niagara River through Niagara Falls State Park

Discover Niagara Shuttle Whirlpool State Park
Whirlpool

5. Niagara River through Whirlpool State Park

Water: Wolf Creek Letchworth
Wolf Creek

6. Wolf Creek through Letchworth State Park

Waterfalls

Water: Papermill Falls Avon
Papermill Falls

7. Papermill Falls on Conesus Creek, Avon

Visit after heavy rains - Niagara Falls American Falls
Niagara Falls

8. American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls on the Niagara River, Niagara Falls, USA

Water: Middle Falls Letchworth
Middle Falls, Letchworth

9. Middle Falls on the Genesee River, Letchworth State Park

Water: Lower Falls Letchworth
Lower Falls, Letchworth

10. Lower Falls on the Genesee River, Letchworth State Park

Water: Corbetts Glen Tunnel
Corbett’s Glen

11. Tunnel Falls on Allen’s Creek, Corbett’s Glen

Water: Allens Creek through Corbetts Glen
Corbett’s Glen

12. Postcard Falls on Allen’s Creek, Corbett’s Glen

Water: Honeoye Falls
Honeoye Falls

13. Honeoye Falls on Honeoye Creek, 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, City of Rochester

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

15. Lower Falls on the Genesee River, City of Rochester

Water: Taughannock Falls
Taughannock Falls

16. Taughannock Falls on Taughannock Creek, Taughannock Falls State Park

Glen Park
Glen Park Falls

17. Glen Park Falls on Ellicott Creek, Williamsville

After Heavy Rains: Littleville Falls Avon
Littleville Falls

18. Littleville Falls on Conesus Creek, Avon

Water: Taughannock Falls Lower
Taughannock Falls

19. Lower Falls on Taughannock Creek, Taughannock Falls State Park

Grimes Glen

20. Grimes Creek through Grimes Glen

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

21. Eternal Flame Falls

Gorge Trails Closed in Winter

Water: Cascadilla Gorge Ithaca
Cascadilla Gorge

22. Cascades on Cascadilla Creek, Cascadilla Gorge

2017 Favorite Day Trips: Buttermilk Falls State Park
Buttermilk Falls

23. Lower Falls on Buttermilk Creek, Buttermilk State Park

Watkins Glen State Park behind waterfall
Watkins Glen

24. Cavern Cascade on Glen Creek, Watkins Glen State Park

Water: Stony Brook
Stony Brook

25. Lower Falls on Stony Brook, Stony Brook State Park

Holley Canal Falls
Holley Canal Falls

26. 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.

Roadside Waterfalls Shequaga Falls Montour Falls building
Shequaga Falls

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

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