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32 Roadside Waterfalls Near Rochester

Impressive waterfalls are not all buried in dark ravines accessible only by difficult trails. Our roadside waterfalls near Rochester are spectacular, and for some, you do not need to get out of your car!

The waterfalls listed are also pinned on our open-source Google Map.

Accessible Waterfalls near Rochester

These waterfalls are either viewable from the road, a parking area or by a short pathway.

Water: Taughannock Falls
Taughannock Falls Overlook

1. Taughannock Falls


Taughannock Falls from the Overlook View Point

The overlook view point is a short, paved walkway off the main parking lot. From this stone balcony, you have the most picturesque view of Taughannock.

To top it off, this observation point is free! The New York State Parks website for Taughannock Falls has a helpful virtual tour where you can pan around the area and see the walkways for yourself.

Taughannock Falls from the Gorge

The gorge trail inside the park is a 3/4 mile hard-packed gravel path that leads to the main attraction, so not a short walk but one along even ground. There is a beautiful cascade closer to the parking lot.

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Papermill Falls Avon
Papermill Falls

2. Papermill Falls


Viewable from parking lot.

Littleville Falls
Littleville Falls

3. Littleville Falls


There is a small spot to park on the side street across the road. Stand on the bridge to see this view.

Roadside waterfalls near Rochester Oatka Creek LeRoy
Oatka Creek through LeRoy at the Main St. dam

4. Oatka Creek Dam & Old Buttermilk Falls


This is the dam south of Main Street. The view is great from the bridge or from Farmer’s Creekside Inn. North of the bridge, there is a parking lot with a path alongside Oatka Creek. Follow the path to view Old Buttermilk Falls.

Enfield Falls Robert H Treman
Enfield Falls

5. Enfield Falls (Lower Falls)


The falls are a short, paved walk from the parking lot in Robert H. Treman State Park.

Buttermilk Falls State Park swimming
Buttermilk Falls

5. Buttermilk Falls


The falls are a short, paved walk from the parking lot at Buttermilk Falls State Park.

Shequaga Falls
Shequaga Falls

6. Shequaga Falls

Montour Falls

Viewable from the street, and by a short, paved pathway that leads to the waterfall. You can also drive up to the bridge over the falls.

Aunt Sarahs Falls
Aunt Sarah’s Falls

7. Aunt Sarah’s Falls

Montour Falls

Viewable from the street, with parking areas right next to the falls and across the street.

Niagara Falls Terrapin Horseshoe Falls
Terrapin Point and Horseshoe Falls

8. Niagara Falls


Park on Goat Island where Horseshoe, Bridal Veil and American Falls are accessible using a paved pathway.  Horseshoe Falls is the the closest to the main parking lot.


Many would say the head-on view of Niagara Falls is better on the Canadian side of the Niagara River. This is definitely the case when you have a great vantage point in a hotel, restaurant, or Ferris Wheel.

Roadside waterfalls near Rochester Letchworth
Letchworth State Parks Middle Falls

9. Letchworth


Letchworth showcases three magnificent waterfalls for people with all abilities, with the abundance of overlooks and parking areas throughout the park.

Roadside Waterfalls Hector Falls
Hector Falls

10. Hector Falls


Park on the shoulder of Rt 414 either before or after the falls. You can see them as you drive over the bridge, but there is nowhere to pull over so look quick!

Glen Park tree falls
Glen Park

11. Glen Park Falls


Glen Park has a handicap-only parking lot with a direct view of the falls. Down the street is a larger parking lot, and the pathways are paved to walk to the falls.

Holley Falls lamp
Holley Canal Falls

12. Holley Canal Falls


The falls are viewable from the parking lot, and are just a short walk away.

Clarendon Falls
Clarendon Falls

13. Clarendon Falls


The falls are visible from the parking area, or a short walk across a grass-lawn.

Wiscoy Creek Falls roadside
Wiscoy Creek Falls

14. Wiscoy Creek Falls


Viewable from the road.

15. Schoolmarm Falls


Viewable from the road.

Corbetts Glen Tunnel
Corbetts Glen

16. Corbett’s Glen


Park along Glen Road and walk a short way down the street and through the tunnel to this little heaven-on-earth.

Roadside waterfalls: Mills MIlls Falls
Mills MIlls Falls

17. Mills Mills Falls


Viewable from the surrounding roads and bridge.

18. Clarksburg Falls


Viewable from the road.

Honeoye Falls
Honeoye Falls

19. Honeoye Falls

Honeoye Falls

You can glimpse the top of the falls from the parking lot. There is also a viewing platform next to the falls that is a short walk from the lot. Walk around the building and down the grassy lawn to stand next to them.

Roadside waterfalls near Rochester Honeoye Creek Falls Rush
Honeoye Creek

20. Honeoye Creek Falls


Viewable from the road, and also a short walk over grass in Veterans Memorial Park.

Roadside Waterfalls near Rochester Ludlowville Flass
Ludlowville Falls – Google map photo

21. Ludloville Falls


Also called Salmon Creek Falls. A short walk across the village park lawn.

High Falls Genesee River Rochester
High Falls on the Genesee River in Rochester, NY

22. High Falls on the Genesee River


Viewable from the parking area on St. Paul Blvd, from the Pont de Rennes pedestrian bridge, the roof top at Genesee Brew House, and points along Brown’s Race.

Ithaca Falls
Ithaca Falls

23. Ithaca Falls


Viewable from the road. Take an easy trail down to the falls.

Forest Falls Ithaca
Forest Falls – Google map photo

24. Forest Falls


Viewable from the bridge, though parking in the area is not ideal. Use the trails from Triphammer.

Fall Creek Ithaca Triphammer Falls
Triphammer Falls – Google maps photo

25. Triphammer Falls


Paved walkway from parking area. Also viewable from the bridge.

Six Mile Creek Ithaca Wells Falls
Wells Falls – Google maps photo

26. Wells Falls


Also called Businessman’s Lunch Falls. Viewable from the bridge overhead, but not the most ideal viewpoint. Park at the wildflower preserved across the bridge and take a pathway made of Hard-packed gravel, large-stone gravel, and dirt from parking area to gorge below the falls.

Fall Creek Ithaca Horseshoe Falls
Horseshoe Falls – Google maps photo

27. Horseshoe Falls


There is a small parking lot on Fall Creek Rd. with a short walkway leading to the bridge. The south end of the bridge is accessible via a staircase from University Ave.

Roadside waterfalls near Rochester: Black Creek over Churchville Dam

28. Churchville Dam


The dam can be seen from Buffalo Rd. There is also green-space on either side of Black Creek, and a west-bank viewing platform, to enjoy the falls up close.

Roadside waterfalls near Rochester: Channing H Philbrick Park
Channing H Philbrick Park

29. Channing H. Philbrick


As Irondequoit Creek passes through Channing H Philbrick Park, it drops 90 feet over one mile giving us the cascades that make this park so special.

You can view the creek a bit from the car parking in the Linear Park Dr. small lot, or on the other side of the bridge at the end of N. Washington St. The bridge is for pedestrians only.

Waterfalls near Rochester with a short walk, yet not easily traversed due to stairs and uneven trails

30. Deckertown Falls

Montour Falls

A short trail runs along the south bank of Deckertown Creek where you can access to the creek and the waterfall. There are several more along this trail as well.

31. Eagle Cliff Falls in Havana Glen

Montour Falls

The pathway is a 1/4 mile long trail, which has several sets of stairs. There are several falls leading you toward Eagle Cliff.

32. Carpenter Falls

New Hope/Niles

A 0.1 mile path leads from the parking area to the falls.

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Where are your favorite roadside waterfalls?

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6 thoughts on “32 Roadside Waterfalls Near Rochester”

  1. #29 is called Fall Brook, you even have it right on the caption above! There is also a ‘trail’ along the creek if you enter from 20A by the alfalfa plant, you may need Tevas or some water shoes to walk in the water a little.

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