Genesee Riverway Trail

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The Genesee Riverway Trail links the area's vast array of recreational, historical, and cultural attractions. The Genesee Riverway Trail is popular for walking, jogging, bicycling, inline skating, and cross-country skiing. You can also access the river for canoeing, kayaking, rafting, fishing, and bird-watching.

The paved trail begins in Irondequoit's Ontario Beach Park at the mouth of the Genesee River. There, you'll find a long boardwalk providing outstanding views of vast Lake Ontario. The trail heads south from the lake shoreline towards downtown Rochester. A few pull-outs offer stunning views of the high waterfalls along the river. Farther south, the trail ends in the suburb of Brighton, where it meets the Erie Canalway Trail and the Genesee Valley Greenway.

You'll find signs along the way at major access points for directions, mileage, and trail precautions. Most of the trail is accessible, although there are some steep, rough, or narrow areas with limited passage for those with mobility concerns. Check with the city of Rochester for more details.

Parking and Trail Access

There are numerous access points throughout the city of Rochester. The best parking is available at:

* Genesee Valley Park
* Bausch & Lomb Park
* downtown garages (fee)
* High Falls District
* Maplewood Park
* Seneca Park
* Turning Point Park
* Ontario Beach Park


Nice path North and south. Confusing in the middle

   June, 2015 by carolbikertrek

My friend and I did a circular trip starting in Fairport, NY. Went along the Erie Canal to Niagara Falls and then back along Lake Ontario. Picking it up at the north it was an enjoyable ride for the first few miles. Loved the long wooden bridge over the more

Loved this trail!

   June, 2013 by mmeeske

I thought I had rated this trail previously but don't see it on the site. We did half of this trail, from Lake Ontario Park to Maplewood Park. I saw some road bikes but hybrids are a great fit for this trail. Signage was very good, a bit hard to find more


   May, 2013 by mikefla

I plan to head back to my hometown Rochester this summer and I am elated that there are so many biking options. I know my old city well and it may be one of the most cycle-able cities ever! read more