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EXPLORE AMERICA: Letchworth State Park

Valley in Letchworth State Park

Valley in Letchworth State Park

Located along the Genesee River, 35 miles south of Rochester, New York, Letchworth State Park is made up of 14,350 acres, the most noteworthy of which is found at Genesee Gorge, sometimes known as the “Grand Canyon of the East.” The Genesee River shoots through three thunderous waterfalls, one of which is 107 feet high. Cliff walls are as high as 600 feet. The Seneca American Indians who once inhabited this area called it Sehgahunda, “the vale of three falls.”

For an even better look at the landscape, consider the possibility of chartering a hot air balloon out to the gorge. The state park also has a museum and the descendant of what was once the highest wooden railroad bridge in the world (now rebuilt). There are also 66 miles of hiking trails. There are electric campsites, swimming pools, fishing, and cabins of different sizes. Campsites and cabins are open from mid-May to mid-October; some are open year-round.

Letchworth State Park is located at 1 Letchworth State Park in Castile, NY.
Telephone (585) 493-3600. http://nysparks.state.ny.us/parks/79/details.aspx

Photo credit: © New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation/John Rozell