Explore Rico’s Cave!
The Lower Falls Foundation is sponsoring a expedition to the bottom of the Lower Falls. Come discover ancient geology! Walk inside a cave dwelling! Encounter unique wildlife and experience a view of Rochester unlike anything you have ever seen. For more information contact George at 585-703-9230. Donations will be accepted.
Difficulty: Moderate to difficult depending on trail conditions.
Markings: A few park signs and paved trail.
Distance: About a quarter mile over rough terrain.
Description: From the Maplewood Park parking lot off of Driving Park, head towards the restroom building to the east (opposite the rose garden). There is a trail-head here that leads into a wooded area a little bit into the gorge. Hop the railing here. You are going off the main trail. Head down-hill towards the gorge. You will pick up a dirt trail along the gorge that heads left (north). Follow this and be careful not to get too close to the gorge trail. In times of rain and wet ground, forget this trail. It will be too slippery to traverse safely. At one point the trail hugs an open dirt cliff. Use extreme caution here. The trail is extremely slippery. Shortly after, you will reach an area where the trail breaks up. There are larger rocks leading down into the gorge. Descend here. Once at the banks of the Genesee, head right (upstream) towards the falls.