To see the glorious fall foliage, you don’t have to leave the city.
The Genesee River Gorge starting at the Middle Falls has truly spectacular views. Here is my suggestion for a lovely walk, hike or bike:
Park at the Maplewood Rose Garden. Across Driving Park, you’ll see the YMCA and a driveway marked “Lower Falls Park.” Start walking down the driveway. You’ll be deposited in a little-known park with views of the forgotten Middle Falls and Lower Falls. There are benches, interpretive signs and a sculpture with molds of faces and hands. You feel like you’re in another world.
Instead of walking back up the driveway, take the trail leading under the Driving Park Bridge. This trail will lead you through Maplewood Park, behind the houses of Maplewood Drive, past Seneca Parkway and the tennis courts. You’ll go under the Veteran’s Bridge. A half-mile later, you’ll see the old Maplewood police station across the street on the left and a wide, paved walkway lined with a tall silver fence immediately to your right.
Head down the walkway. You’ll find yourself on a pedestrian bridge over the river leading straight to the Seneca Park Zoo. The views are breathtaking in every direction.
How many urban areas in the country have such a treasure? You’ll want to repeat this walk every year to see the foliage. We are very lucky.
Here is a full map of the Genesee Riverway Trail.
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