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Maplewood Rose Garden and Genesee Riverway Trail Hike, Rochester

  • 03 Jul 2021
  • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Rochester NY
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The Maplewood Rose Garden showcases a large collection of roses of all different varieties. As of Tuesday, there are still many beautiful and fragrant roses. Located in the northwest quadrant of the city of Rochester, Maplewood Park was laid out by Frederick Law Olmsted, with breathtaking scenic views. The diverse park stretches alongside two miles of Lake Avenue. The Genesee Riverway Trail (GRT), winds through the Maplewood Park. GRT is marked with a system of wayfinding and interpretive signs. Most of the trail is paved and easily accessible. Steep, rough, or narrow sections of the trail are clearly marked. Read more about the park and its history.

Our Itinerary

We will visit the rose garden, walk to the Lower Falls Overlook Park, one of the most scenic spots to view Middle and Lower Falls. We will visit a sculpture, The Seat of Remembering and Forgetting, which depicts the faces and hands of the community's youth. These are all quite close so if anyone wants to visit these sites with us and not go on the hike, that will work fine.


After visiting these sites, those who would like to can hike along the Genesee Riverway Trail heading north for as far as we would like then turning around and returning. The trail runs on both sides of the river.  North of downtown, the trail is continuous from Middle Falls (Brewer St or Driving Park Ave) to Lake Ontario, a total of 7 miles – we’ll save some parts of the trail for another day – perhaps we’ll set up a date to return in October to view the roses and fall foliage.


The forecast looks good right now with a chance of showers in the morning and a high of 75 degrees F for the day. A few nice features about walking along the river gorge is most of it is shaded and there always seems to be a refreshing breeze.

Bring plenty of water, a brimmed hat so you will be able to remove sunglasses and appreciate the color of the roses, sunglasses, sunscreen, bug spray, walking poles, and a snack.

Maximum of 10 participants.

Masks required (must be worn when 6 feet distance can't be maintained), physical distancing and CDC safety protocols.

Meet and Park Address will be in your registration confirmation email.  

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Until further notice, to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, we have adopted the following rules for all events. Read more at COVID-19.

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  • Physical Distancing: all attendees will comply with keeping 6 feet distance
  • Masks must be worn for the meet and greet portion, but may be removed on the trail, water, etc. at the discretion of the trip leader, as long as you are 6 feet apart.


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