One of the nicest state parks we’ve found anywhere in the country is the 14,000 acre Letchworth State Park, 35 miles southwest of Rochester and about 60 miles south of Buffalo. Often dubbed as “the Grand Canyon of the East,” Letchworth offers easily accessible and spectacular views of a deep, 600-foot gorge carved out of the limestone and sandstone shale by the Genesee River.
Suggested to us as we were making our way from Michigan to Cape Cod by Roadtreking regular W. Dan Hulchanski, Jennifer and I overnighted there and spent the evening and the morning of the next day hiking and photographing the amazing scenery during a picture postcard perfect June weekend.
Besides the gorge, the park boasts a series of spectacular waterfalls, the three major ones called the Upper, Middle, and Lower Falls, located in Portage Canyon, the southern section of the park, about 10 miles from the 350-site campground.
Millions of years of geological history can be observed in the rock formations exposed by erosion.
The region’s rich heritage of the Seneca Indians is well-documented in the park with displays, a restored Seneca Council House and the grave of Mary Jemison, an American frontierswoman who was captured by the Seneca Indians while a teenager but later chose to remain a Seneca.
Swimming pools, fishing areas, hiking trails, hot air ballooning, whitewater rafting and canoeing by permit are just some of the additional attractions at Letchworth. The trails are well maintained and parallel the gorge and take you right up close enough to the waterfalls that you are cooled by the fine mist.
The biggest is the Middle Falls, which is 250 feet across and drops 107 feet
A full schedule of events is offered each year within the park. They range from festivals to lectures and guided walks, to the noted Fall Arts and Crafts Sale.
Pets are welcome at the park, but are restricted to three loops of the campground. If you do bring a pet, make sure you have a copy of their rabies inoculation, as you won’t be allowed to register without. All sites have 30 amp hookups. Some have 50 amp for bigger RVs. The overnight rate for non-New York residents is $32.50, including park admission.
32 Responses to “RV Destination: New York’s Letchworth State Park”
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June 11, 2014at10:10 pm, Buffy Hotrod said:
June 10, 2014at4:19 pm, MaryBe said:
Letchworth is in my backyard, and I’ve grown up going there. So much of it was constructed by the CCC during the Depression. It’s beautiful and full of history. The Mt. Morris dam, near the campground, is also worth a visit
June 09, 2014at11:47 am, Sherry Marino said:
One of my favorite spots in NY
June 09, 2014at9:13 am, Nicky Mc said:
I live about an hour away from there it is such a cool park a must see!!!
June 09, 2014at8:48 am, Sally Holloway said:
There are three waterfalls there. It’s a great park and the Glen Iris Inn was/is a good place to eat.
June 09, 2014at6:49 am, Michelle Girton Pitchford said:
Been there twice. Really worth the trip!! Beautiful!
June 09, 2014at6:26 am, James Taylor said:
Gary DeVoss, the trestle is still there!
June 09, 2014at5:34 am, Michael Pardo said:
Is that the place near Haverstraw? I once say a rendition of Fiddler on the roof in 1972 in Letchworth Village, a home for the IQ challenged.
June 08, 2014at8:44 pm, Angela Casey said:
Best place!! Must do the 1000 steps! We went there 2 weeks ago?
June 08, 2014at8:17 pm, Denise Bishop Hedglin said:
It is a beautiful park!
June 08, 2014at4:16 pm, Patti Greenwood said:
Matt Greenwood…..looks fun!!
June 08, 2014at3:44 pm, Gary DeVoss said:
Did they take down the old railroad tressel? I don’t see it here ,but in my pictures we took it was in all of them.
June 08, 2014at3:24 pm, Paul Gee said:
That is so awesome
June 08, 2014at3:09 pm, Roberto E. Perez said:
Sorry Donna in ny also I’m from there and yes its a beautiful its Letchworth St park
June 08, 2014at3:07 pm, Theresa Kenna said:
Iris Inn… still looking forward to an outing at Letchworth!!!!
June 08, 2014at2:39 pm, Norm Lewis said:
Love this park !
June 08, 2014at2:10 pm, James McIntyre II said:
Thank you Donna Waldman Montez i was wondering
June 08, 2014at1:55 pm, Roseanne Parzek said:
Beautiful! … and powerful!
June 08, 2014at1:45 pm, Donna Waldman Montez said:
I love Letchworth State Park. It is a must see for anyone visiting NY.
June 08, 2014at1:38 pm, Eugene P Parzek II said:
Roseanne Parzek would love to do that and Watkins Glenn and Corning glass and others
June 08, 2014at11:45 am, Karsten Askeland said:
A great place to visit for the day or for a week. My favourite time of year is the fall.
June 08, 2014at10:50 am, Glenn Spears said:
we visit several times a year.
June 08, 2014at10:41 am, Peggy Jo Smith said:
Only live 45 minutes away, need to visit again. There are beautiful parks and lakes in this area of New York, and many wineries too!
June 08, 2014at10:32 am, Jimmy Wilkinson Meyer said:
have been there–lovely
June 08, 2014at9:54 am, James McIntyre II said:
Wonder if thats also by that HAUNTED LETCHWORTH STATE HOSPITAL!! Pretty area
June 08, 2014at2:00 pm, Donna Waldman Montez said:
Letchworth State park is in Wyoming County and Letchworth Village is in Rockland County NY.
June 08, 2014at9:54 am, Tony King said:
We will be in the New York area this Fall and will have check this out !
June 08, 2014at9:35 am, Patrick Riggio said:
Looks real nice-will add to travel list
June 08, 2014at9:28 am, Carol Berger said:
June 08, 2014at9:23 am, Rena Leith said:
Fabulous place to camp. Lots to see and enjoy in that area!
June 08, 2014at9:22 am, Sharon Nichols said:
June 08, 2014at8:48 am, Seven O Seward said:
such a thing of real deep beauty