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.
Our Favorite Five Waterfalls
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
America’s oldest state park is awe-inspiring in any season.
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. 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.
5. 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!
Venture into one of these New York State Parks within a two hour drive of Rochester and discover what makes them each unique!
Where are your favorite waterfalls near Rochester?
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