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

1. Oatka Creek through Oatka Creek Park

After Heavy Rains: Oatka Creek LeRoy

2. Oatka Creek through LeRoy

Visit after heavy rains - Channing Philbrick Park

3. Irondequoit Creek through Channing H Philbrick Park

Visit after heavy rains - Niagara River

4. Niagara River through Niagara Falls State Park

Discover Niagara Shuttle Whirlpool State Park

5. Niagara River through Whirlpool State Park

Water: Wolf Creek Letchworth

6. Wolf Creek through Letchworth State Park


Water: Papermill Falls Avon

7. Papermill Falls on Conesus Creek, Avon

Visit after heavy rains - Niagara Falls American Falls

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

Water: Middle Falls Letchworth

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

Water: Lower Falls Letchworth

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

Water: Corbetts Glen Tunnel

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

Water: Allens Creek through Corbetts Glen

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

Water: 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

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

Glen Park

17. Glen Park Falls on Ellicott Creek, Williamsville

After Heavy Rains: Littleville Falls Avon

18. Littleville Falls on Conesus Creek, Avon

Water: Taughannock Falls Lower

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

22. Cascades on Cascadilla Creek, Cascadilla Gorge

2017 Favorite Day Trips: Buttermilk Falls State Park

23. Lower Falls on Buttermilk Creek, Buttermilk State Park

Watkins Glen State Park behind waterfall

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

Water: Stony Brook

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

Roadside Waterfalls near Rochester 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

A few more places to explore after heavy rains:

33 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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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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39 Natural Swimming Areas

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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