Letchworth State Park Wolf Creek Cascade

Castile, New York

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See why this extended, four-part cascade is one of the most photographed spots in the park. The crowds fl ock to the big waterfalls at the Portageville (south) end of Letchworth Park, but this is my favorite spot: an elongated cascade, 25 feet wide and ten times that in length, with a network of paths and bridges to bring you as close to the top of the falls as possible without getting wet. You can see part of the total cascade here, but there’s only one way to see the entire falls top to bottom: from below, perhaps on a whitewater rafting trip in spring and summer. The park does not permit access to the immense Genesee River Gorge from the rim, so there’s no way to walk down for a better view.
Hiking Waterfalls in New York

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Hiking Waterfalls in New York

by Randi Minetor (Falcon Guides)

See why this extended, four-part cascade is one of the most photographed spots in the park. The crowds fl ock to the big waterfalls at the Portageville (south) end of Letchworth Park, but this is my favorite spot: an elongated cascade, 25 feet wide and ten times that in length, with a network of paths and bridges to bring you as close to the top of the falls as possible without getting wet.

You can see part of the total cascade here, but there’s only one way to see the entire falls top to bottom: from below, perhaps on a whitewater rafting trip in spring and summer. The park does not permit access to the immense Genesee River Gorge from the rim, so there’s no way to walk down for a better view.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Castile
Distance: 0.1
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 5-10 minutes
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: Wolf Creek Cascade

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