Greentopia FlourGarden

In 1817, Matthew and Francis Brown built a hydropower raceway at this site. It diverted water from the Genesee River to power dozens of mills, making Rochester the flour capital of the world by the mid-1800s.  This raceway has become the FlourGarden, a 300-foot-long sustainable garden, featuring beautiful native, non-invasive plantings and sustainable water works features.  It has become a showcase of green space and green technology. 1 - P1020701 The FlourGarden was created by Greentopia, which is working to create New York State’s first EcoDistrict here in the High Falls neighborhood.  Greentopia’s Green Visions program has created an urban cut flower farm in the nearby JOSANA neighborhood.   Participants in this workforce development program gain job skills while making their community a healthier and better place to live.

Audio-guided tours

The FlourGarden is one of the attractions on two audio-narrated tours of the High Falls area you can take using the Tour Blend iPhone app.


UI - Eco Loop tour

 Rochester’s High Falls

UI - High Falls If you aren’t using an iPhone, you can download and follow a pdf of the Ecoloop Map.  At stop #17 (High Falls viewing), you can listen to a wonderful story about Sam Patch.

Genesee River Trail

GRT header 4 - 2019-09-28 5-2 Rochester’s High Falls is located along the Genesee River Trail, a scenic multi-use trail which runs through Rochester from the Erie Canal to Lake Ontario.  It is a designated National Recreational Trail which connects to both the statewide Erie Canal Heritage Trail and the Genesee Valley Greenway Trail, which continues south along the Genesee River.