Letchworth State Park, Wyoming County, New York
Letchworth State Park is located in Wyoming County, New York, along the Genesee River. Nature lovers can swim, hike, raft and picnic at the Grand Canyon of the East.
Letchworth State Park is often called one of the best -kept secrets of New York State. It is part of the New York State Park system and located in the western NY region. Letchworth state Park, otherwise known as “The Grand Canyon of the East” is a majestic 14,350 acres of land with the Genesee River winding through it. Besides spectacular views of the deep gorge and the awe-inspiring waterfalls, there are plenty of activities to keep people of all ages entertained.
About the Park:
Letchworth State Park is located in Castile, Wyoming County on land originally controlled by the Seneca Indians and Mary Jemison (the “White Woman of the Genesee”). Prior to becoming a state park, the area was owned by William Pryor Letchworth, who the park is named after. There are over 14,000 acres of land to explore along the Genesee River, which flows north to Rochester and Lake Ontario. Waterfalls abound and the view from the top of the 600-foot gorge is spectacular.
There is no end to the variety of activities for the young, old, adventuresome or not so athletically inclined. For the person who loves excitement, choose from white water rafting on the river, gliding over the gorge in a hot air balloon, or even hopping into an airplane and taking a glide over the park.
For those who enjoy a quiet visit, take a hike on the extensive nature trails, suited for every level of ability. Stop in and visit the William Pryor Letchworth museum, which has early Native American and regional displays or take a look at the Mary Jemison statue and the log cabin that was built for her daughter. Right outside of the park you can rent a horse and go for a unhurried horseback ride on the park trails, or even enjoy the park in style in a horse-drawn carriage.
For families, Letchworth is the perfect spot to spend a day. Children and parents will want to go for a refreshing swim in one of the two pools in the park and afterward enjoy a picnic at one of the many picnic areas. At each area there are plenty of picnic tables and grills, shelters in case of bad weather and bathroom facilities, along with a playground to keep the kids busy. Throughout the year there are various lectures and guided hikes for nature lovers as well as special activities for children. In the winter, check out the tubing area, popular with all ages.
Coming from out-of-town? Letchworth State Park has many options. For the nature lovers who enjoy roughing it, there are campground facilities for tenting or cabins to rent. There is also Pinewood Lodge, perfect for families, with its kitchenette facilities. If you are looking for a romantic get-away, try the Glen Iris Inn, a beautiful Band B overlooking the Falls. This home, which was originally the home of William Pryor Letchworth, has 15 guest rooms with private baths along with a library, parlor and gift shop for the guests to enjoy.
For additional information:
Call the park at: 1-800-839-3919