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Genesee Riverway Trail - Rochester, New York

Updated on September 11, 2014

Some Images From Our Hike

During our vacation to Rochester, while visiting the Maplewood Park and Rose Garden, we decided to take a hike :) My husband knows this area and wanted to show me some of the things he remembered from when he was a child.

The Genesee Riverway Trail runs over 16 miles of Rochester. We obviously didn't walk the whole thing but, I have photos, information, links of things I thought were really cool to see. Also I have links to more of our vacation Upstate New York.

High Falls - Rochester, New York
High Falls - Rochester, New York

The High Falls

The High Falls is also on the trail. We actually drove here first, then drove to the rose garden. From the rose garden, we started our walk on the trail to the Lower Falls. The High Falls has its own page due to the rich history of the site. You can read more about the High Falls here.

Botanical Garden - Rose Garden - Rochester, New York
Botanical Garden - Rose Garden - Rochester, New York

Our Starting Point (Walking)

We first visited the beautiful Maplewood Park And Rose Garden. This rose garden has over 3000 rose bushes. Very pretty and relaxing to visit.

Trail Entrance & Lower Falls Photos

Waterfalls - Rochester, New York
Waterfalls - Rochester, New York
Lower Falls Park - Rochester, New York
Lower Falls Park - Rochester, New York

Lower Falls Park

While on our stroll my husband took off into the woods (where he should not have been). I continued to look at the falls. After a while I decided to go looking for him and came across these unusual and intriguing sculptures. In the center of the 4 sculptures is a lonely seat. I took photos you can see below. I researched the sculptures and found that these sculptures depict the faces and hands of the community's youth. It is called as it states on the seat "The Seat of Forgetting and Remembering ".

The Seat of Forgetting and Remembering

Seat Of Forgetting And Remembering
Seat Of Forgetting And Remembering
Seat Of Forgetting And Remembering
Seat Of Forgetting And Remembering
Seat Of Forgetting And Remembering
Seat Of Forgetting And Remembering

The Lower Falls

Genesee Riverway Trail - Lower Falls - Rochester, New York
Genesee Riverway Trail - Lower Falls - Rochester, New York

While I was photographing this site, my husband returned with more photos from his venture into the woods. Below are photos of: the gorge, the lower falls, and the photos my husband took. A few are photos I took from the park view. The last image of the falls is a view from our hike to the bridge.

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Ontario Beach - Rochester New York
Ontario Beach - Rochester New York

Ontario Beach

County Park

We then drove to the lake. We walked the park and the beach, both are beautiful. We had lunch and started on our way back. Below are some photos of the water. I will be adding more of the park soon so check back.

Lake Ontario

Lake Ontario
Lake Ontario


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      4 years ago

      I'll never forget the night Eerie Canal brought me to this magnificent place. What a strange night that was!

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      BW Duerr 

      5 years ago from Henrietta, New York

      This article just goes to show... it's best to take a tour of your own hometown. :) I have never seen the rxhibit of Seat of Forgetting and Remembering sculptures. Thanks so much for documenting and showing us your visits to Rochester, NY.

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      7 years ago

      Congrats on yet another purple star! Great photos (and sweet to see the Ontario mention too). Take good care, Rose

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      7 years ago

      Wow.. I do love all your presentation here. Congratulations on your beautiful purple star. You're very very well deserved it. Very happy to be here. 5 stars for you. Have a wonderful time.. always.. dear lady :)

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      Michelle Collins 

      7 years ago from Florida

      @reasonablerobby: Thanks so much!

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      7 years ago

      What great photos. Just had to feature this lens in the USA section of my walking and hiking lens.

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      footprint lm 

      7 years ago

      Very nice photos and summary of this area. Anyone traveling to Rochester, NY please be aware that Footprint Press publishes guidebooks specific to Rochester for hiking, biking and finding waterfalls. Check them out at Rochester is a beautiful place and offers lots of outdoors adventures.


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