Letchworth State Park Lower, Upper, and Middle Falls Area

Castile, New York 14427

Letchworth State Park Lower, Upper, and Middle Falls Area

Letchworth State Park: Lower, Upper, and Middle Falls Area Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Explore “The Grand Canyon of the East” for a touch of early American history and 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."

More Letchworth State Park: Lower, Upper, and Middle Falls Area Professional Guides

Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

"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." Read more

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Trail Information

Castile
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
4.2
Distance
413 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
2 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
Waterfalls
Features
Letchworth State Park, 1 Letchworth State Park, Castile 14427; (585) 493-3600; nysparks.com/parks/79
Local Contacts
Park maps available online at nysparks.com/parks/79/maps.aspx
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Dec 2018