Taughannock Falls winter waterfall snow cover

5 Exceptional Waterfalls Near Rochester

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 waterfalls you should absolutely visit if you haven’t already.

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High Falls on the Genesee River in Rochester

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.

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Niagara Falls American Falls from the Crows Nest

2. Niagara Falls, USA

America’s oldest state park is awe-inspiring in any season.

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Corbett’s Glen, Tunnel 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.

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Taughannock Falls State Park

5. Taughannock Falls

Taughannock Falls is one of the most accessible waterfalls in our park system. It’s also the only gorge trail open all year long.

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Grimes Glen, Second Waterfall

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.

It’s much more difficult to see in the wintertime, but I’ve seen some beautiful photography taken when everything is iced over. A great hike for the adventurous!

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Where are your favorite waterfalls near Rochester?

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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.