Letchworth State Park Campgrounds

Letchworth State Park Campgrounds
Letchworth State Park, called the Grand Canyon of the East, sits in the Genesee River gorge. The park has a total of 66 miles of trails for hiking, with guided tours available for certain areas. Three large waterfalls on the Genesee River are just part of a network of dramatic scenic views and overlooks that make the park worth a trip.

The Finger Lakes Trail Conference offers maps, trail condition information and many helpful guides for hikers who plan to visit the 14,000-acre park area.

Letchworth State Park

Letchworth State Park offers tent and trailer camping, group camping, five sets of cabins and accommodations at a number of cottages, lodges, and the Glen Iris Inn. The Highbanks Campground area has eight rings of tent and trailer campsites, each with a comfort station and showers, and all surrounding a central hub providing shopping, a laundry center, recreation programs and a playground.

Reservations can be made on the state park website, where maps, site information and campground details are available. Many of the facilities are accessible to the disabled.

Letchworth State Park
1 Letchworth State Park
Castile, NY 14427
(585) 493-3600
(585) 237-3303 Campground
800-456-CAMP (2267) Reservations
http://nysparks.state.ny.us/parks/79/details.aspx

Cabins

Letchwood offers 80 fully winterized cabins for rent. Each cabin has a unique selection of amenities including wood or electric heat, a screened porch, fireplace, indoor toilet, central shower or indoor water. Some cabin locations are more remote and conditions more rustic.

Maplewood Lodge connects to the trail system used by snowmobilers in the winter season. Its accommodations for eight include a fireplace, dining room, living room, kitchen stocked with accessories and a bathroom with shower.

Pets are allowed in certain areas if leashed or caged. The park charges an entrance fee, but also offers season passes good for all New York state parks. The pass covers the cost to enter and day use only.

Glen Iris Inn

The Glen Iris Inn offers accommodations in the restored historic inn (rooms or suites), two cottages, The Pinewood Lodge, The Chalet or The Stone House. These comfortable indoor options can offer campers a break from the outdoors with a night away from the tent, but with continued access to the dramatic views and recreational opportunities.

The restaurant at the inn serves all three meals in their dining room and a picnic menu to go, packed in recyclable sugarcane or corn containers. They also have a children's menu and extensive wine list.

Glen Iris Inn
(585) 493-2622

Conference Center

The conference center has a large gathering room, bedrooms, bathrooms, showers, and a communal kitchen area. Intended mainly for business retreats and training seminars, the conference center can be used for family camping under certain conditions. The park recommends that families contact the park office to discuss their needs.

Campers have the opportunity to go birdwatching or play sports like volleyball on the park courts. Cross-country ski trails, biking and horse trails are all available on the grounds. Kayak, try whitewater rafting or swim at the park pool. In the winter, ice skating, snow tubing and horse carriage rides are offered.

Article Written By Alice Moon

Alice Moon is a freelance writer with more than 10 years of experience. She was chosen as a Smithsonian Institute intern, working for the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., and has traveled throughout Asia. Moon holds a Bachelor of Science in political science from Ball State University.

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