Rochester, NY

Genesee River Trail

The Genesee River Trail is another great running opportunity in Rochester. The trail comprises some 24 miles in total, extends through the scenic, historic and cultural heart of Rochester, from the Erie Canal to downtown and Lake Ontario. It is alternately open and wooded. Highlights include a scenic gorge, three waterfalls, eight pedestrian bridges, 11 parks (including four designed by Frederick Law Olmsted), and the 1822 Lake Ontario Lighthouse. Note: The section of the trail close to downtown Rochester is lit at night.

The most centrally located section to Rochester runs south from downtown to Genesee Valley Park, near the University of Rochester — about 3.5 miles one-way, along the east side of the river. From downtown, you can also head north, to Lake Ontario, for 9+ miles, passing through Maplewood Park, Seneca Park, and other interesting sites.

Add-Ons: Our East End sights & residential tour is just east of the Genesee River Trail’s downtown start point.At southern end of trail, great running in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Highland Park, campus of the University of Rochester. Can also connect to the Erie Canal Trail, El Camino Trail.

Essentials
  • 20+ miles. Downtown-Univ. of Rochester is 3.5 miles one-way
  • 68 feet for south 3.5 mile section
  • Downtown: Court St.
  • Many access points and parking areas