High Falls, Monroe County

Rochester, New York

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See thrilling views of a thundering cataract in the middle of a thriving metropolis. If you’re not a lifelong resident of Rochester, you may not know that the city’s nickname, “The Flower City,” did not originate with the city’s extraordinary collection of lilacs, azaleas, and rhododendrons at the lovely Highland Park. Long before the flowers arrived, Rochester’s growth centered around its status as “The Flour City,” the acknowledged capital of America’s flour production. Wheat fields dominated the landscape, and mills ran day and night here on the banks of the Genesee River—and this majestic falls, one of the largest in western New York, provided the power to grind wheat into flour for cooks and kitchens across the country.
Hiking Waterfalls in New York

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Hiking Waterfalls in New York

by Randi Minetor (Falcon Guides)

See thrilling views of a thundering cataract in the middle of a thriving metropolis. If you’re not a lifelong resident of Rochester, you may not know that the city’s nickname, “The Flower City,” did not originate with the city’s extraordinary collection of lilacs, azaleas, and rhododendrons at the lovely Highland Park. Long before the flowers arrived, Rochester’s growth centered around its status as “The Flour City,” the acknowledged capital of America’s flour production.

Wheat fields dominated the landscape, and mills ran day and night here on the banks of the Genesee River—and this majestic falls, one of the largest in western New York, provided the power to grind wheat into flour for cooks and kitchens across the country.

© 2014 Randi Minetor/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Rochester
Distance: 0.1
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 5-10 minutes
Season: Year-round
Features: Waterfalls
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Monroe County Department of Parks, 171 Reservoir Ave., Rochester 14620; (585) 753-7275; www.monroecounty.gov/parks
Local Maps: DeLorme: New York State Atlas & Gazetteer, page 57
Driving Directions: Directions to High Falls, Monroe County

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