High Falls observation deck

High Falls on the Genesee River

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.

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 waterfall
High Falls Rochester NY Genesee River rockbed


High Falls Rochester NY Genesee River high water flow
After severe rainfall in the Southern Tier
High Falls Rochester NY Genesee River east-side waterfall view
High Falls Rochester NY Genesee River terrace


High Falls Rochester NY Genesee River terrace parking
Small parking lot next to the larger Genesee Brew House lot
High Falls Rochester NY Genesee River east side path to viewing platform
High Falls Rochester NY Genesee River viewing platform
High Falls Rochester NY Genesee River east side overlook
High Falls Rochester NY Genesee River rock the falls

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.

30 day trips within 30 minutes of Rochester: High Falls Genesee River Rochester NY
High Falls view from the Genesee Brew House.
High Falls Rochester NY Genesee Brew House roof
High Falls Rochester NY 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


High Falls Rochester NY Genesee River pedestrian bridge
High Falls Rochester NY Genesee River west-side Pont de Rennes bridge
High Falls Rochester NY Genesee River exposed rock wall


High Falls Rochester NY Genesee River Pont de Renees bridge

West Bank Viewing Terrace

High Falls Rochester NY Genesee west bank
High Falls Rochester NY Genesee River Kodak
High Falls Rochester NY Genesee River exposed
High Falls Rochester NY Genesee River west side overlook

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.

High Falls Rochester NY Genesee River Browns Race building
High Falls Rochester NY Genesee River business center
High Falls Rochester Plumbing Supply Co


High Falls Rochester NY Genesee River building
High Falls Rochester NY Genesee River historic building
High Falls Rochester NY Genesee River manufacturing


High Falls Rochester NY Genesee River layers
High Falls Rochester NY Genesee River walking tour
High Falls Rochester NY Genesee River architectural detail


High Falls Rochester NY Genesee River Browns Race Market
High Falls Rochester NY Genesee River balconies
High Falls Rochester NY Genesee River mill exposed
High Falls Rochester NY Genesee River tables

Visit the High Falls Interpretive Center and Museum

High Falls Rochester NY Genesee River Center
High Falls Rochester NY Genesee River museum taxi
High Falls Rochester NY Genesee River table model
High Falls Rochester NY Genesee power of ideas
High Falls Rochester NY Genesee model


High Falls Rochester NY Genesee River museum
High Falls Rochester NY Genesee River race replica
High Falls Rochester NY Genesee River Waterworks


More information about High Falls

High Falls Genesee River Rochester
Rendering inside the Greentopia office in Historic High Falls


Here’s a quick video on the GardenAerial project lead by Greentopia:

1 thought on “High Falls on the Genesee River”

  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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