There is an overwhelming number of waterfalls near Rochester, NY! It can be challenging to pick one from a list of a hundred and hope it’s worth the trip.
This list is perfect if you’re a resident, college student, or a guest from out of town. Think of this as a starter-set of five places you should absolutely visit if you haven’t already.
1. High Falls
There are very few cities in America with an incredible waterfall as a central focal point! View this urban fall from several vantage points to truly appreciate its significance: the Pont de Rennes Bridge, the east-bank viewing platform, and the roof of the Genesee Brew House.
2. Niagara Falls, USA
Don’t just see the falls—feel them! Pay just $1.25 (2018 price) to take the elevator down from the Observation Tower. Instead of going right to board the Maid of the Mist, head left toward the falls and climb the stairs for a truly intense experience. Don’t forget to grab a discarded blue poncho because you will be absolutely soaked!
Though there are paid parking areas, they do fill up! Save yourself the trouble and park at Whirlpool State Park. Not only can you check out the view, but parking is free, and the Discovery Shuttle will take you right to the falls.
3. Corbett’s Glen
It’s hard to believe this incredible haven is in Brighton! Enjoy a walk along the two-mile trail with breathtaking views of waterfalls, wetland marsh, woodland and meadow.
4. Grimes Glen
Grimes Glen is public, free, and you are encouraged to wade up the creek to the first and second waterfalls—both 60-foot cascades.
Parking on a hot day is pretty tough, though. I highly recommend getting there before 9 am on a potentially busy day.
5. Taughannock Falls
Taughannock Falls is one of the most accessible waterfalls in our park system. You can walk in the creek and play in the tiny cascades along the gorge as well.
Venture into one of these New York State Parks within a 2-hour drive of Rochester and discover what makes them each unique!
Where are your favorite waterfalls near Rochester?
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