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26 Roadside Waterfalls Near Rochester

Impressive waterfalls are not all buried in dark ravines accessible only by difficult trails. For many, you don’t need to leave your car.

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

Accessible Waterfalls near Rochester

These waterfalls are viewable from the road, parking area, or walking along a short pathway.

Water: Taughannock Falls
Taughannock Falls Overlook

1. Taughannock Falls

Trumansburg

Taughannock Falls from the Overlook View Point

The overlook viewpoint is a short, paved walkway off the main parking lot. From this stone balcony, you have the most picturesque view of Taughannock. Bonus, this observation point is free to access. 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 base of the waterfall.

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Papermill Falls Avon
Papermill Falls

2. Papermill Falls

Avon

The fall is viewable from the parking lot, walking around Papermill Park, and a short trail along Conesus Creek.

Littleville Falls
Littleville Falls

3. Littleville Falls

Avon

View this Conesus Creek waterfall by parking on the shoulder of Cemetary Rd. and walking across the Littleville Rd. bridge.

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

4. Oatka Creek Dam & Old Buttermilk Falls

LeRoy

The view is excellent from the bridge or Farmer’s Creekside Inn. North of the bridge, there is a parking lot with a path alongside Oatka Creek to view Old Buttermilk Falls.

Enfield Falls Robert H Treman
Enfield Falls

5. Enfield Falls

Ithaca

Lower Enfield Falls are a short, paved walk from the parking lot in Robert H. Treman State Park.

Buttermilk Falls State Park swimming
Buttermilk Falls

6. Buttermilk Falls

Ithaca

The falls are a short, paved walk from the parking lot and viewable from the car as you drive in.

Shequaga Falls
Shequaga Falls

7. She-Qua-Ga Falls

Montour Falls

This spectacular 155-foot fall is viewable from the street and a short, paved pathway. Enjoy a picturesque view as you stroll along W. Main St. near the village clerk and library. The waterfall and Mill St. bridge dramatically appear above the two-story 1845 Greek Revival home on S. Genesee St.

Aunt Sarahs Falls
Aunt Sarah’s Falls

8. Aunt Sarah’s Falls

Montour Falls

Viewable from the street, there are also parking areas right next to the falls and across the street.

Niagara Falls Terrapin Horseshoe Falls
Terrapin Point and Horseshoe Falls

9. Niagara Falls

Niagara Fals, NY

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

Roadside waterfalls near Rochester Letchworth
Letchworth State Parks Middle Falls

10. Letchworth

Castile

Letchworth showcases three magnificent waterfalls for people of all abilities, with an abundance of overlooks and parking areas throughout the park. Letchworth’s most accessible waterfalls are Middle Falls and Upper Falls, whether walking or driving.

Roadside Waterfalls Hector Falls
Hector Falls

11. Hector Falls

Hector

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 this is a better view for the passengers.

Glen Park tree falls
Glen Park

12. Glen Park Falls

Williamsville

Glen Park has a handicap-only parking lot with a direct view of the falls. There is a more considerable parking lot down the street.

Holley Falls lamp
Holley Canal Falls

13. Holley Canal Falls

Holley

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

Clarendon Falls
Clarendon Falls

14. Clarendon Falls

Clarendon

The falls are visible from the parking area and a short walk across a grass lawn.

Wiscoy Creek Falls roadside
Wiscoy Creek Falls

15. Wiscoy Creek Falls

Portageville

Viewable from Wiscoy Rd, enjoy a drive across Wiscoy Rd. bridge or park in the lot and walk across to enjoy the rapids along Wiscoy Creek. 

Greater Rochester Region - Keuka Outlet Trail
Seneca Mills Falls on the Keuka Outlet Trail

16. Seneca Mills Falls

Penn Yan

Along the Keuka Outlet Trail, halfway between Penn Yan and Dresden, find a breathtaking waterfall at the site of an old mill. While the gravel rail trail is seven miles long end-to-end, there is a parking lot just 0.03 miles from the fall.

Corbetts Glen Tunnel
Corbetts Glen

17. Corbett’s Glen

Brighton

The walk from the Penfield Rd. entrance to Tunnel Falls is challenging, so choose to park at the top of Glen Rd. There are two designated accessible parking spaces once you drive through the tunnel, though normally discouraged from driving through the tunnel if not a resident.

Roadside waterfalls: Mills MIlls Falls
Mills MIlls Falls

18. Mills Mills Falls

Fillmore

Viewable from the surrounding roads and bridge.

Honeoye Falls
Honeoye Falls

19. Honeoye Falls

Honeoye Falls

You can glimpse the top of the falls from the parking lot next to Honeoye Creek and enjoy an extraordinary view from the observation deck. Walk around the Mendon Town Clerk’s office and down the grassy lawn to stand beside the fall.

Roadside waterfalls near Rochester Honeoye Creek Falls Rush
Honeoye Creek

20. Honeoye Creek Falls

Rush

The small dam is viewable from the road and a short walk across the lawn in Veterans Memorial Park to a viewing platform.

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

21. Ludlowville Falls

Lansing

Find a 35-foot Salmon Creek waterfall in Ludlowville Park.

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

22. High Falls on the Genesee River

Rochester

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

Ithaca

This impressive 150-foot cascade can be seen from the road or take an easy trail to the falls’ base.

Fall Creek Ithaca Triphammer Falls
Beebe Lake Dam from suspension bridge – Google maps photo

24. Triphammer Falls & Beebe Lake Dam

Ithaca

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

Roadside waterfalls near Rochester: Black Creek over Churchville Dam

25. Churchville Dam

Churchville

There is a small parking area next to the waterfall, with a path that leads down to Black Creek.

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

26. Channing H. Philbrick

Penfield

The rapids along Irondequoit Creek are viewable from the parking lot next to the pedestrian bridge. There is an accessible viewing platform and an easy trail along the creek. 

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Author Debi Bower is the Founder and Chief Day Tripper for Day Trips Around Rochester, NY. Happy trails!

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