Letchworth State Park Lower, Middle, and Upper Falls

Castile, New York

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Explore “The Grand Canyon of the East” for some of the best scenic waterfall views in upstate New York. For thousands of years after the last ice age, the Genesee River—a waterway whose course altered significantly when glacial activity relocated it—wore a deep crevasse into the earth here at the south end of its length. The river continues north to Rochester until it finally empties into Lake Ontario, but this state-protected area contains its most dramatic canyon, accented by three powerful waterfalls in the space of 2 miles. Geologists believe that these falls formed sequentially as the glaciers melted, retaining the meltwater in temporary lakes until erosion took the flow over the side.
Hiking Waterfalls in New York

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Hiking Waterfalls in New York

by Randi Minetor (Falcon Guides)

Explore “The Grand Canyon of the East” for some of the best scenic waterfall views in upstate New York. For thousands of years after the last ice age, the Genesee River—a waterway whose course altered significantly when glacial activity relocated it—wore a deep crevasse into the earth here at the south end of its length.

The river continues north to Rochester until it finally empties into Lake Ontario, but this state-protected area
contains its most dramatic canyon, accented by three powerful waterfalls in the space of 2 miles. Geologists believe that these falls formed sequentially as the glaciers melted, retaining the meltwater in temporary lakes until erosion took the flow over the side.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Castile
Distance: 2.8
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Year-round
Features: Waterfalls
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Letchworth State Park, 1 Letchworth State Park, Castile 14427; (585) 493-3600; nysparks.com/parks/79
Local Maps: nysparks.com/parks/79/ maps.aspx
Driving Directions: Directions to Letchworth State Park: Lower, Middle, and Upper Falls

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