The Top of the Dam Guided Walk is ideal for active visitors with an interest in engineering and the Genesee River Valley. This popular outdoor guided walk lasts approximately 45 minutes and includes a steep ½ mile trek into the Genesee River Gorge to the top of the Mount Morris Dam. From the top of the Mount Morris Dam, there are great photo opportunities and amazing views of the gorge from a unique perspective. After a short talk and opportunity for questions, the group will walk back up the steep walkway to the Visitor Center where they may explore informational exhibits to learn more.
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Participants must check-in/pick up tickets at the Mount Morris Dam and Recreation Area Visitor Center at least 15 minutes prior to the Guided Walk start time. Otherwise, reservations will be cancelled, and tickets forfeited. No refunds will be offered.
It is required that all Guided Walk participants sign a liability waiver upon arrival.
Valid photo ID is required for all participants 18 years of age or older. Adults without photo ID will not be permitted on the Guided Walk.
For safety reasons, Guided Walks will not take place during thunderstorms or severe weather. Additionally, walks may be cancelled due to flood operations, higher security threat levels, or maintenance. No refunds will be offered.
The Guided Walk includes a steep outdoor walkway to and from the Top of the Dam and is not recommended for individuals with known heart or respiratory problems, back, knee, or difficulty walking, or for individuals with sensitivity to heights.
The Top of the Dam Guided Walk is not considered accessible for individuals using a wheelchair or with mobility limitations due to the very steep walkway used to access the top of the dam, which descends/ascends 100 feet in elevation on a 10% grade.
Consistent with CDC recommendations, properly worn masks covering both nose and mouth must be worn by all visitors over the age of two inside the Visitor Center. Individuals who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear masks in crowded outdoor spaces, as well.
Only service animals trained to perform tasks for individuals with disabilities are permitted inside the Visitor Center and on Guided Walks.
Wear comfortable walking shoes and weather appropriate clothing; it can be quite windy and cold or sunny and hot on top of the dam. Depending on the season, you may consider a raincoat, jacket, hat and gloves or sunglasses, shade hat and sunscreen.