grt-walk-logoThe GRT Walk was a clear success. Part II was completed on November 12, 2016 with a sold-out registration of participants. Part I took place on October 8, 2016 and was also fully registered. It was offered in conjunction with Rochester’s River Romance Weekend. The Lower Falls Foundation thanks everyone who was involved.

To showcase the Genesee Riverway Trail, the Lower Falls Foundation created two uniquely themed guided tours:

Part I: The History and Importance of the Genesee River

The History and Importance of the Genesee River, included educational stops along the Genesee Riverway Trail, highlighting the history, stories, and ecology of the GRT. Participants were impressed with the beautiful views of the Genesee River and Lower Falls Gorge. Just over 6 miles, with only a few stairs and uphill inclines, the walk began at Maplewood Park and ended at Ontario Beach Park.

dsc_2250_smPart II: The Underground Railroad

Featuring the southern half of the GRT, this hike began in Genesee Valley Park and continued along the GRT up to Maplewood Park, Kelsey’s Landing, and the Lower Falls Gorge. This tour included educational stops highlighting the history of the Underground Railroad and the important people and places in Rochester that impacted the abolitionist movement. Participants gained a better understanding of the Genesee River’s importance in delivering former slaves to freedom.

Dividing the Genesee Riverway Trail into two 6-mile segments allowed participants to experience both the North and South sections of the trail in only two hikes.


Due to the enthusiastic response to Parts I and II of the GRT Hike, the Lower Falls Foundation is planning to conduct both parts of the hike more than once in 2017. If you are interested in participating, please fill out your contact information below: