Letchworth State Park middle falls cover

Easy Waterfalls

Not all waterfalls are hidden in dark ravines, only reachable by challenging trails. Many of the region’s most stunning waterfalls can be viewed from the road, parking area, or a short walk on a pathway.

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City of Rochester

Lower Falls Maplewood
Lower Falls

Lower Falls

Head to the Driving Park Bridge to view the Lower Falls of the Genesee River. You can see them by walking across the bridge or from the passenger side of a car heading east. To access Lower Falls Park, begin at the Maplewood Rose Garden, then follow the stairs to the Genesee Riverway Trail (GRT). Walk under the Driving Park bridge toward the falls. Continue south on the paved pathway to reach Middle Falls. The bridge over Middle Falls is part of the GRT and open to the public, though RG&E may close it for dam maintenance or after heavy rainfall. 25 Driving Park Avenue

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Maplewood Park & Rose Garden

Maplewood Park is a linear park that follows the river from Driving Park and the Lower Falls to just north of Route 104, ending at the pedestrian bridge over the Genesee.

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High Falls
High Falls, Rochester

High Falls

You can appreciate the significance of the urban High Falls from several viewpoints along the Genesee River, including the east-bank viewing platform, the balcony and rooftop dining areas of the Genesee Brew House, the Pont de Rennes Bridge, and the west-bank viewing platform. 373 Saint Paul Street

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High Falls on the Genesee River

High Falls is the name of the waterfall, the neighboring historic district, and the future Rochester High Falls State Park.

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Monroe County

Channing Philbrick Linear Park bridge
Philbrick

Channing H. Philbrick Park

Visitors can easily see and hear the rapids along Irondequoit Creek from the parking lot next to the pedestrian bridge. You can also enjoy a great view from the fishing platform, which has a ramp for accessibility. New York State Route 441, Penfield

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Channing H. Philbrick Park

Irondequoit Creek drops 90 feet over one mile through Channing H Philbrick Park, creating the cascades that make it unique.

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Roadside waterfalls near Rochester: Black Creek over Churchville Dam
Churchville Dam

Churchville Dam

The Buffalo Street bridge offers a great view of the waterfall, and there is a nearby parking area with a path that leads to Black Creek. 22 E. Buffalo Street, Churchville

Corbetts Glen
Corbett’s Glen

Corbett’s Glen Nature Park

Park at the top of Glen Road for the closest entrance to Allen Creek. There are two designated accessible parking spaces after driving through the tunnel, though visitors who do not require using these spaces should walk through. The trail from the Penfield Road entrance to Tunnel Falls is more challenging. Glen Road, Brighton

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Corbett’s Glen

Corbett’s Glen is a glorious green space in a suburban jungle. As overused as this statement may be, Corbett’s Glen is truly a hidden gem.

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Rush Honeoye Creek Dam
Honeoye Creek Dam

Honeoye Creek Dam

Observe the waterfall while driving over the bridge, or take a short walk across the lawn to the viewing platform in Veterans Memorial Park. 6050 New York State Route 15A, Rush

Honeoye Falls
Honeoye Falls

Honeoye Falls

You can see the falls from the top using the observation deck or catch a quick glimpse from the parking lot next to Honeoye Creek. Or, you can walk around the Mendon Town Clerk’s office and down the grassy lawn to stand next to the falls. 41 W. Main Street, Honeoye Falls

Greater Rochester

Clarendon Falls
Clarendon Falls

Clarendon Falls

View this waterfall from the parking area or a short walk across the lawn to get a closer view. 4571 New York State Route 237, Clarendon, Orleans County

Holley Canal Falls
Holley Canal Falls

Holley Canal Falls

The parking lot offers an excellent view of the falls, while a close-up view is just a short walk away. Holley Falls Park Road, Holley, Orleans County

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Holley Canal Falls

Holley Canal Falls is located in the heart of the Village of Holley. The water that flows into the glen is overflow from the Erie Canal.

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Letchworth-State-Park-middle-falls
Letchworth Middle Falls

Letchworth State Park

Letchworth showcases several stunning waterfalls, with plenty of viewing points for each. Middle Falls and Upper Falls are the most accessible for both pedestrians and drivers. Admission fee. Park Road, Castile, Wyoming County

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Explore Letchworth State Park

Letchworth has something for everyone, from hiking one of the park’s 29 trails and picnicking beside a waterfall to taking a scenic drive.

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Littleville Falls
Littleville Falls

Littleville Falls

To view the Conesus Creek waterfall, park on the shoulder of Cemetery Road and walk across the Littleville Road bridge. 4600 Littleville Road, Avon, Livingston County

Oatka Creek Creekside Inn
Oatka Creek, LeRoy

Oatka Creek Dam and Old Buttermilk Falls

The view from the Main Street bridge or Farmer’s Creekside Inn’s dining patio is excellent. North of Main Street, there is a path along Oatka Creek where you can see Old Buttermilk Falls and a footbridge from which you can enjoy the downstream rapids. 10 Mill Street, LeRoy, Genesee County

Papermill Falls trail
Papermill Falls

Papermill Falls

The falls are visible from the parking lot or while walking over the fall toward and from a short trail along Conesus Creek. Papermill Road, Avon, Livingston County

Greater Rochester Region - Keuka Outlet Trail
Seneca Mills Falls

Seneca Mills Falls

Halfway between Penn Yan and Dresden along the Keuka Outlet Trail, you’ll find a stunning waterfall at the site of an old mill. The trail is seven miles long, but the waterfall is only a 0.3-mile walk from the parking area. 1493 Outlet Road, Penn Yan, Yates County

Wiscoy Creek Falls roadside
Wiscoy Creek Falls

Wiscoy Falls

Enjoy a captivating view from the bridge that crosses Wiscoy Creek. Hume, Allegany County

Wolcott Falls
Wolcott Falls

Wolcott Falls

Take in the beautiful view from the parking lot overlooking Wolcott Creek. Mill Street, Wolcott, Wayne County

Surrounding Counties

Aunt Sarahs Falls
Aunt Sarah’s Falls

Aunt Sarah’s Falls

The falls are viewable while driving and from parking areas next to the falls and across the street. N. Catherine Street, Montour Falls, Schuyler County

Buttermilk Falls State Park swimming
Buttermilk Falls

Buttermilk Falls State Park

To view the waterfall from your car, follow the loop around the park entrance and exit without paying to park. Otherwise, the falls are within walking distance from the parking lot. 106 E. Buttermilk Falls Road, Ithaca, Tompkins County

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Buttermilk Falls State Park

In Buttermilk Falls State Park, like most of the Finger Lakes gorge parks, stairs are the primary walkway along Buttermilk Creek; challenging but worth it!

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Carpenter Falls

In 2022, the Department of Environmental Conservation built a 630-foot boardwalk with accessibility features that connect the 20-car paved parking lot to the observation area. The platform offers a scenic view of the 90-foot single-drop falls where Bear Swamp Creek cascades into the gorge on its way to Skaneateles Lake. Carpenter Falls Unique Area, 5986 Appletree Point, Moravia, Cayuga County

Chittenango Falls State Park

Although the trail and steps to the base of the falls may be challenging, it is possible to view these stunning falls from the parking area above. Admission fee. 2300 Rathbun Road, Cazenovia, Madison County

Glen Park tree falls
Glen Park Falls

Glen Park Falls

For vehicles with accessible parking permits, Glen Park has a designated parking lot that provides a direct view of the falls. All other visitors can find a larger parking area a short distance away on Glen Street. 5565 Main Street, Williamsville, Erie County

Roadside Waterfalls Hector Falls
Hector Falls

Hector Falls

Viewing this waterfall from the road is a more pleasing experience for your passengers. Please avoid slowing down or stopping unnecessarily on the bridge. If you wish to walk across, there are designated areas along the shoulder of the bridge on both sides. However, please be aware that drivers may be distracted by the waterfall and will not see you while moving at high speeds. Experiencing the falls from a Seneca Lake cruise is safer for a more picturesque view. 3835 New York State Route 414, Burdett, Schuyler County

Ithaca Falls
Ithaca Falls

Ithaca Falls

This stunning 150-foot waterfall can be admired from the roadside or reached by taking a short, easy walk to its base. Lake Street, Ithaca, Tompkins County

Ludlowville Falls

In Ludlowville Park, you can see the 35-foot Salmon Creek waterfall from an overlook. Mill Street, Lansing, Tompkins County

Niagara Falls NY USA Terrapin Point Horseshoe Falls
Terrapin Point and Horseshoe Falls

Niagara Falls State Park

Goat Island’s Parking Lot Two offers access to Horseshoe, Bridal Veil, and American Falls via paved pathways. Admission fee. Goat Island Road, Niagara Falls, Niagara County

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Explore Niagara Falls, USA

Niagara Falls is majestic year-round, and I recommend going at different times throughout the year to witness the uniqueness of each season.

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Enfield Falls Robert H Treman
Enfield Falls

Robert H. Treman State Park

Reach Lower Enfield Falls’ swimming area and diving board with a short walk from the parking lot. Admission fee. 105 Enfield Falls Road, Ithaca, Tompkins County

Roadside Waterfalls Shequaga Falls Montour Falls building
She-Qua-Ga Falls

She-Qua-Ga Falls

View this spectacular 155-foot waterfall from your car as you drive past or follow a paved walkway to the base of the falls. Enjoy the picturesque scene while standing on West Main Street near the village clerk and library, where the waterfall and Mill Street bridge are viewable behind the 1845 Greek Revival home. Genesee Street, Montour Falls, Schuyler County

State Parks Taughannock Falls
Taughannock Falls Overlook

Taughannock Falls Overlook

The overlook viewpoint is a short walk from the parking lot. Visitors can enjoy the stunning view of Taughannock Falls from a scenic stone balcony. 2381 Taughannock Park Road, Trumansburg, Tompkins County

Taughannock Falls State Park bridge
Taughannock Falls base

Taughannock Falls State Park

The trail inside the park leading to the fall’s base is a 0.75-mile hard-packed gravel path through the gorge. Admission fee. 1740 Taughannock Boulevard, Trumansburg, Tompkins County

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Taughannock Falls State Park

Taughannock Falls’s 0.75-mile hard-packed gravel gorge trail leads to the base of the falls and is open year-round.

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Triphammer Falls

Enjoy this unique 55-foot cascade from several vantage points above Fall Creek Gorge. The East Avenue bridge offers the most picturesque view of the falls and historic triphammer forge, while the pedestrian suspension bridge above Beebe Lake Dam offers a bird’s-eye view. 616 Thurston Avenue, Ithaca, Tompkins County

Google Map of Locations

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Exploring The Genesee River

At Genesee Valley Park, the river merges with the Erie Canal and continues north through Rochester before reaching Lake Ontario.

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50 New York State Parks Within a Two-Hour Drive of Rochester

Venture into one of these New York State Parks within a two-hour drive of Rochester and discover what makes them unique.

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20 Paved, Gravel, and Boardwalk Pathways for Easy Strolls

These paved pathways and boardwalks are ideal for folks using strollers, walkers, wheelchairs, or managing other mobility challenges.

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Where are your favorite easy waterfalls to visit?

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Debi Bower, Day Trips Around Rochester NY

Debi Bower is the founder and creative director of daytrippingroc.com and author of the award-winning book Day Trips Around Rochester, New York.

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7 thoughts on “Easy Waterfalls”

  1. Nancy Bouchard

    Two falls are near me. Fallbrook is just south of Geneseo on Rt 63 and a very short walk from the pull off. “Posted” but not enforced (must be to avoid liability.)
    Warsaw Falls can be accessed from a trail in the village park (or from above).

  2. Glad to see PaperMill on the list
    Just minutes from my residence
    Pups used to enjoy the banks. Mud Water, Noise
    Everything they enjoyed
    I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of your book
    Not much to do this time of year
    Regards
    Embree

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