The Gorge Trail is Trail No. 1 and follows the western rim of the Genesee River Gorge. This spectacular trail offers sights of three separate falls, Lower, Middle and Upper. The trail weaves in and out of thin woods offering near continuous sights. As the trail travels south it follows the park road a short distance then descends to a picnic area beneath a thin woods. Shortly, the path reaches a fork where hikers are offered a choice to descend a long staircase offering views of Lower Falls. Back at the stairs' top, the hiker may turn left and follow the trail to a second set of steps. This uphill trek leads to Inspiration Point with vistas of Middle Falls and even Upper Falls. The next scenic area weaves to an overlook titled Big Bend, named for the twist in the gorge. A mile down the path, the trail reaches Wolf Creek which offers more beautiful water and cliff views. The trail nears its destination by traveling past several day use areas to terminate at St. Helena Picnic Area and Trailhead. This impressive walk is accompanied by several restaurants, rental cabins, swimming pools and restrooms. Rainbow Bridge is an especially nice stopping point where folks soak up the frequently seen rainbow dancing in the water's mist on sunny days.
Directions: From Rochester, NY, Take Interstate 390 south to Exit 7. Travel SR 408 South to SR 36 North. Follow signs to the park entrance about one mile away. This will be the Mount Morris entrance. Trailheads are marked along the park's road. Gorge Trail is 15.8 miles south.
Elevation: 800 feet
Elevation Gain: 300 feet
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