Explore Rochester’s Lower Falls

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Did you know that the Lower Falls was one of the last stops on the Underground Railroad?
As a microcosm of American history, the Lower Falls showcases the struggle for human freedom, the spread of innovation, and significant achievements in the Arts.


Did you know that the City of Rochester, New York has the highest waterfall in the US?
The Lower Falls are the highest waterfall within a city boundary, in the entire US! It is an ecological marvel which needs to be protected and conserved for future generations.


Did you know that the Seneca Nation occupied the Lower Falls Gorge until the 18th century?
From the earliest native and European settlers to the modern melting pot of Rochester today, the Lower Falls has been home to a multitude of world cultures.

“There’s no end to the great places to visit in and around the 55th District. So much of Rochester’s history is tied to High Falls and the Genesee River. Sometimes we tend to overlook the Middle and Lower Falls area, which has a rich history of its own. In this Tourism Thursday profile, learn how the Lower Falls Foundation is working to change that.”

– Rich Funke, New York State Senator for the 55th Senate District