Hiking along the Genesee: Genesee Waterways Center to Paul Road – 2.4 miles one-way

Rochester – Genesee Riverway & Genesee Valley Greenway Trails – Genesee Waterways Center to Paul Road – 2.4 miles one-way

This route is not as remote and natural as many others in this series. However, it is completely paved, nearly flat and offers a “backyard view” of the large Monroe County, RG&E and Palmer Foods installations that line Scottsville Road. Park at the Genesee Valley Sports Complex just west of the river off Elmwood. Walk to the Waterways Center docks and turn right (south) to follow the Genesee Riverway Trail along the west bank of the river. Crossing the pedestrian bridge over the Erie Canal you have a great view of the Erie Canal-Genesee River Intersection. As you walk under Interstate 390, the Erie Canal Trail, Genesee Greenway Trail and the Genesee Riverway Trail diverge. Bear left along the river for the more scenic Riverway Trail. After you pass the Monroe County Fire Training Center, the Riverway Trail will turn right and join the Greenway Trail for the rest of the route. At 2.4 miles you will come to the Paul Road- Scottsville Road intersection. There is ample parking at the temporarily closed businesses in the area if you want to make this a one-way trip or you can walk back to the Waterways Center. On the return leg, staying on the Greenway Trail where it joins the Riverway results in the same walking distance and gives a different view of the Monroe County facilities.

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