High Falls observation deck

High Falls on the Genesee River

Our earliest settlers realized the value of High Falls when they chose this area to develop. There are very few cities in America with an incredible waterfall as a central focal point!

View our spectacular urban fall from several vantage points to truly appreciate its significance: the east-bank viewing platform, the roof of the Genesee Brew House, the Pont de Rennes Bridge, and the west-bank viewing platform.

The East Bank
High Falls Viewing Platform

If your goal is more to explore the area, there’s a parking lot next to the brew house at High Falls Terrace Park. There is platform on the east-side of the river, walking south from the brew house.

High Falls Rochester NY Genesee River east side overlook
High Falls Rochester NY Genesee River waterfall
High Falls Rochester NY Genesee River high water flow
High Falls Rochester NY Genesee River rockbed
High Falls Rochester NY Genesee River east-side waterfall view
High Falls Rochester NY Genesee River east side path to viewing platform
High Falls Rochester NY Genesee River viewing platform
ROC the Falls wall art

Genesee Brew House

I recommend if your goal is to simply to see the falls, then park at the Genesee Brew House off St. Paul Blvd. and head up to the roof for a drink, or grab a window seat and a meal inside.

View from Genesee Brew House
Genesee Brew House
Genesee Brew House

Pont de Rennes
Pedestrian Bridge

High Falls Rochester NY Genesee River winter waterfall
High Falls Rochester NY Genesee River west-side waterfall view
Pont de Rennes bridge
Pont de Rennes bridge
Pont de Rennes bridge

The West Bank
Viewing Terrace

High Falls Rochester NY Genesee west bank
High Falls Terrace
High Falls Terrace
Kodak

High Falls Historic District

If you are also interested in the geological and industrial heritage of the region, or to learn about the great work Greentopia is doing to revitalize the space, start on the west side and park on the street or in the parking garage on Lake Ave.

Wander the beautiful cobblestone streets, look out over the original Brown’s Race mills, and admire the buildings. There’s an informative self-guided walking tour available as well!

High Falls Rochester NY Genesee River Browns Race Market
High Falls Rochester NY Genesee River Browns Race building
High Falls Rochester NY Genesee River business center
High Falls Rochester Plumbing Supply Co
Rochester's historic buildings
Rochester's historic buildings
Rochester's historic buildings
Rochester's historic buildings
walking tour
Rochester's historic buildings
Rochester's historic buildings
mill exposed
tables

High Falls Interpretive
Center and Museum

Center at High Falls museum
museum taxi exhibit
table model
power of ideas
Interpretive museum
Recreation of the mill race
Recreation of the mill race
Rochester Waterworks building

More information about High Falls

Cost: Free

Located in the City of Rochester (get directions)

More information: cityofrochester.gov

Greentopia
Rendering inside the Greentopia office

Greentopia

Greentopia has established the FIRST EcoDistrict in New York state here at High Falls – a model for sustainable and resilient neighborhoods.

Through extraordinary ecological design, stewardship, and community advocacy, we will create a resilient Rochester – one neighborhood at a time. Together, we will reclaim the power of the Genesee River to connect us to each other and to inspire the creation of a vibrant, flourishing new Rochester.

Greentopia Mission & Vision

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Where is your favorite spot to view High Falls?

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  1. Too bad that people such as myself don’t feel very safe going downtown. All of the downtown area is surrounded by the highest crime areas in the city of Rochester. Beautiful river falls but surrounded by run down homes, vacant store fronts, police cars screaming through Main Street. Too bad Rochester turned out this way. Not the same city I grew up in.

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