Genesee Riverway Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Rochester, New York. It is 10.5 miles long and begins at 261 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 306 feet. Turning Point Park, Brooks Crossing Parking, Brooks Landing Lot, and another parking are near the trailhead. The Seat of Forgetting and Remembering attraction, Rainbow Lot and other parkings, the Frederick Douglass–Susan B. Anthony Memorial Bridge bridge, and the Riverview Apartments Lot parking can be seen along the trail. There are also a water, a cliff, and restrooms along the trail.
Genesee Riverway Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"This linear trail is inside the city limits of Rochester and offers good views of the Genesee River from high above to up close. It begins at the south end of Maplewood Park and ends in Turning Point Park. Along the way you’ll get a view of the Genesee River lower falls, cross under the Driving Park and Memorial Bridges, and pass historic King’s Landing. Surface: Paved path, mowed grass path, dirt path, and sidewalks."
--Rich & Sue Freeman, Take a Hike! Family Walks in the Rochester Area (Footprint Press).
"This wonderful loop trail encompasses the Genesee Valley Park, Genesee River Trails, and sections through the University of Rochester. It takes you along the eastern side of the river heading into downtown and along the western side heading back to Genesee Valley Park. The loop described here is actually a series of trails. Portions of the riverbank trails are maintained by Monroe County, others by the University of Rochester. The Genesee River Trail is maintained by the City of Rochester, Bureau of Parks and Recreation. The small section of Erie Canalway Trail is maintained by the New York State Canal Corporation. Together they’ve developed a perfect loop for bike riding."
--Rich & Sue Freeman, Take Your Bike: Family Rides in the Rochester Area (Footprint Press).
"From Genesee Valley Park where the Erie Canal meets the Genesee River, follow this newly paved, easy-walking trail as it snakes southwest along the Genesee River heading toward Scottsville. Along the way, you’ll pass the training center for Rochester police and fire units. Surface: Paved path."
"This is a fun little loop which combines paved trails in Genesee Valley Park with a segment of the Genesee Valley Greenway. It meanders over the Erie Canal twice on beautiful arched bridges, under the overpass of Interstate 390, and along Red Creek. It passes restrooms and picnic pavilions along the way. The hills make it interesting, but the pavement makes it an easy ride. There are four arched bridges over the waterways in this section. Three span the Erie Canal and one spans the Genesee River."
"This award- winning boardwalk trail descends quickly from the park to the Genesee River, crossing the river’s turning basin on a gently winding elevated walkway."
--Randi Minetor , Hiking through History New York (Falcon Guides).
"One of Rochester’s newest developed trails, this splendid walk descends quickly from the park to the Genesee River, crossing the river’s turning basin on a gently winding elevated walkway."
--Randi Minetor, Best Easy Day Hikes: Rochester, New York (Falcon Guides).
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