The Genesee River trail is a paved trail running from Genesee Valley Park north to the city and then on to Lake Ontario. South of the city, there is the option of taking either the east bank or west bank trail or combing these two routes to make a loop. The east-side trail passes through the U of R campus.
The trail becomes disconnected, however, upon entering downtown, ending either on the east side near Court Street and the Dinosaur BBQ or on the west side through Corn Hill and toward Plymouth Ave. almost near Frontier Field.
The best route to proceed through downtown is along the west side following Exchange which turns to State St. and then into Lake Ave. This route passes by the High Falls overlook.
The northern section picks up again and Maplewood Park (Lake Ave. and Driving Park Ave.). A sidewalk trail proceeds along the river and connects with the footbridge over to Seneca Park Zoo. Staying on the west side however, leads past Kodak and the Holy Sepulchre cemetery. The trail then follows the ond trolly line along the river edge before gradually decending into the gorge. At the turning point bend, a new foot bridge allows trailgoers a route over the river and around a wetland area.
Genesee Valley Park provides the best launching point for the southern section.
At the north end of the trail, there is a parking lot along River St. at the end of the trail. This trail head is also a short distance from Lake Ontario park so the ferry terminal also provides a good starting point.
Midway along the northern section of the trail, Turning Point Park also provides a good access point with some parking.
Connecting and Nearby Trails