Norton’s Falls

Rochester, New York 14650

Norton’s Falls

Norton’s Falls Professional Review and Guide

"This little-known urban meander leads into the Genesee River Gorge, where a gentle falls washes over many layers of shale and limestone. Walk in the footsteps of Native Americans on the same trail they used to reach the Genesee River thousands of years ago, worn smoother and expanded by pioneers—including Herman Norton, for whom this falls is named—who founded a village called Carthage at the base of Rochester’s Lower Falls, upstream from this spot.

More than 100 years after its use became optional, this trail still provides one of the area’s quickest walking paths to the riverbed area. You’ll reach the falls well before you make it down to the river, however—a stepped cascade tucked into a limestone and shale grotto at one of the bends in the switchbacking trail. The falls cascades from a man-made culvert above over layers of shale and limestone to the creek bed, then continues through the rocks below the creek and over fl at surfaces to the creek bottom."

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15 minutes
Monroe County Department of Parks, 171 Reservoir Ave., Rochester 14620; (585) 753-7275;
Local Contacts
DeLorme: New York State Atlas & Gazetteer, page 57
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Sep 2018