Letchworth Finger Lakes Trail

Letchworth State Park, New York

Elevation Gain5,868ft
Trailhead Elevation886ft
Elevation Min/Max802/1129ft
Elevation Start/End886/886ft

Letchworth Finger Lakes Trail

Letchworth Finger Lakes Trail is a hiking trail in Livingston County, New York. It is within Letchworth State Park. It is 19.2 miles long and begins at 886 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 37.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 5,868 feet. Near the trailhead there are trees and parkings. The Letchworth FLT Lean To camp site can be seen along the trail. There are also cliffs along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Lsp Trail #9, River Road, Lsp Access Trail E, Access Trail G and Genesee Valley Greenway.

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Hiking New York (Falcon Guides)
Rhonda and George Ostertag
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"Across the Genesee River Gorge from developed Letchworth State Park, this linear foot trail explores the wilder eastern rim. It travels in mixed woods and snares occasional river overlooks of the wending Genesee River punctuated by plummeting sandstone-shale cliffs. Wildlife sightings add surprise. The trail follows sections of a historic canal and rail corridor and makes up part of the Finger Lakes Trail (FLT)."

Letchworth Finger Lakes Trail Trip Reports

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Not so much a hiking trail, but rather a walking trail. Paved most of the way.
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Grand Canyon of the East indeed!!! I would highly recommend this hike for families with children of all ages. We hiked the 6 miles or so along the Gorge Trail from the Lower Falls Restaurant up to the Upper Falls and back. We wisely chose to hike down to the foot bridge at the start rather than the end. (I'd hate to deal with all those steps later in the day.) The hike is very refreshing (bulk is in the shade), not very strenuous (our 8 yr old daughter made it) and awesome (take your camera, the views are incredible). The road comes close to the gorge rim every 1/2 mile or so allowing you to drive back and pick-up family members that choose not to complete the whole circuit. Make sure you park on the Lower Falls end (near the Castile Entrance) because the hike back is all downhill after Inspiration Point.

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Trail Information

Letchworth State Park
Nearby City
Letchworth State Park
Skill Level
Snowmobiling, Hunting, Cross Country Skiing, Snowshoeing
Additional Use
Letchworth State Park, 1 Letchworth State Park, Castille 14427; (585) 493-3600; https://parks.ny.gov/parks
Local Contacts
Letchworth State Park map; Finger Lakes Trail Conference (FLTC) maps, The Letchworth Trail Sheets L1 and L2 (purchase online: www.fltconference.org)
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