Zoo Cascade & Zoo Falls

MODERATE 69 reviews
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Zoo Cascade & Zoo Falls is a 2.4 mile out and back trail located near Rochester, New York that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 2.4 miles Elevation Gain: 187 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

walking

partially paved

waterfall

muddy

hiking
30 days ago

I didn’t see any waterfalls but I nice walk. My dog loved it

recorded Zoo Cascade & Zoo Falls

walking
4 months ago

Wonderful walk, very easy.

trail actually extends far beyond the listed trail

hiking
5 months ago

Great trail for trail running. Moderately to very busy trail. But it’s next to a river and a zoo!!! Trail runs next to a park and even goes a lot further than what the map shows on here and easily could be a 10 mile plus adventure. Lots of offshoots down to the water but lower you get worse the trail becomes so be careful. If you’re looking for a great way to burn off some garbage plates and especially if you come in the morning and hit the zoo after you will not be disappointed. Will definitely check this one out again when I’m back in the area.

hiking
8 months ago

A nice day at the zoo.

8 months ago

great trail

muddy
off trail
rocky
9 months ago

Loved this trail. Could not start at the beginning as it wasn't open yet, so we went past the zoo entrance, and followed the road all the way down around the pond that is there. We went on about 2 miles of that section of the trail. It is a trail, there's no paved walkway. There are some steep parts and some parts to watch out for if its muddy, gets a bit slippery. However, near the end follow the stairs and you'll come down to a dock and then a beautiful little waterfall! Someone built a rock statue in it! This trail follows the Genesee River and is absolutely beautiful!

9 months ago

very scenic. would like a few more hand rails on the foot bridges.

hiking
snow
Sat Jan 26 2019

walking
Mon Oct 23 2017

You have a view of the Genesee river through the trees. And at the end of the trail is stairs that go down to be able to see the cascading waterfalls. One of the boards on the stairs is loose. Overall a nice walk. Not a hard walk as described.

Mon Aug 07 2017

nice park, but some of it is now underwater.

hiking
Sun Jul 23 2017

Great trail, very beautiful, well maintained and a lot of variety of routes. Not sure why it's listed as difficult. If you go down to see the falls coming back up is slightly more difficult but it's well maintained stairs. It's also completely avoidable if necessary and the rest of the trails are generally flat.

hiking
Sun Jun 11 2017

I have no idea why this trail is rated hard. It is a good hike with great views of the river and a few opportunities to get down to the shoreline. We went from the pond in the park north to the O'Rorke bridge and back - abt 6 miles total. Some wide trail and some single track. Cheers!

Sat Jan 28 2017

Nice track

Mon Jul 11 2016

You have to go through the zoo gates, so I feel it was a safe place for a hike. I wouldn't rate it a difficult hike by any means. The surrounding area has a paved sidewalk and places to park. this hiking trail is dirt, and there are some stairs to take down river side. A few stairs are broken, and the decked walkway over the marsh is grown over and not maintained. Areas surrounding are clean, and otherwise well maintained.

hiking
Sat Jul 02 2016

Nice trail for an evening hike

Tue Nov 24 2015

Nice little trail considering its location. Wish the hood rats picked up after themselves.

Thu Apr 09 2015

been hiking these trails since I was a kid... awesome

hiking
Thu Jul 17 2014

Beautiful walk and lovely falls. Too bad some people decided to leave garbage all over the place at the foot of the falls, though.

hiking
Mon Sep 10 2012

Parts of this trail are difficult if you choose to take the different paths down the gorge to the river. If you choose not to its a nice walk!

hiking
Sat Apr 14 2012

this trail is not difficult... not sure why its rated so.

hiking
Sat Mar 24 2012

This trail is right behind my house. Flat, easy trail. Waterfall and nice views of the river.

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