William Pryor Letchworth
William Pryor Letchworth first saw the park's falls in 1858. He started buying up land on both sides of the Genesee River soon after that. In 1906, he gave the land to the state of New York.
The 20th Century
In the 1930s, the Civilian Conservation Corps built cabins, trails and overlooks for the new public park. The Army Corps of Engineers built a flood-control dam nearby in 1952.
Letchworth has many places for tents and trailers dotting the park, although you'll need to make a reservation first to stay there. There is also Glen Iris Inn, a lovely hotel in what used to be William Pryor Letchworth's home.
Letchworth is an ideal place to be during the summer. An enterprising visitor can canoe, swim, bike, hike and kayak there during the warm months.
When the weather turns cold, Letchworth is still scenic and beautiful, as travelers can snowshoe the trails, cross-country ski and even ice skate.