Letchworth State Park

Mount Morris, New York

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Sometimes referred to as the “Grand Canyon of the East,” Letchworth State Park can’t help but impress first-time visitors with three big waterfalls stacked on top of one another, towering cliffs, and 66 miles of hiking trails, many of which lead to dramatic overlooks. Ranging across 14,000 acres on either side of the Genesee River in Livingston and Wyoming counties, the park grew out of a gift to the state from William Pryor Letchworth, a wealthy iron tycoon who had purchased property around Middle Falls in order to build an estate he called Glen Iris. Today his historic home is an inn and restaurant that sits just inside the park’s southern entrance next to a small museum he also established. Both ends of Letchworth have places for visitors to stay, but all tent and trailer camping is at the Highbanks area in the north. Each of the eight loops of thirty or so campsites has a central shower house, while Loop 300 benefits from its proximity to the camp store, the playground, and laundry facilities. Pets are only permitted in Loops 100, 200, and 700. The 7-mile Gorge Trail is one popular (and challenging) hiking route, but the options are many.

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"Sometimes referred to as the “Grand Canyon of the East,” Letchworth State Park can’t help but impress first-time visitors with three big waterfalls stacked on top of one another, towering cliffs, and 66 miles of hiking trails, many of which lead to dramatic overlooks. Ranging across 14,000 acres on either side of the Genesee River in Livingston and Wyoming counties, the park grew out of a gift to the state from William Pryor Letchworth, a wealthy iron tycoon who had purchased property around Middle Falls in order to build an estate he called Glen Iris. Today his historic home is an inn and restaurant that sits just inside the park’s southern entrance next to a small museum he also established. Both ends of Letchworth have places for visitors to stay, but all tent and trailer camping is at the Highbanks area in the north. Each of the eight loops of thirty or so campsites has a central shower house, while Loop 300 benefits from its proximity to the camp store, the playground, and laundry facilities. Pets are only permitted in Loops 100, 200, and 700. The 7-mile Gorge Trail is one popular (and challenging) hiking route, but the options are many."

Activity Type: Campgrounds
Nearby City: Mount Morris
Season: May-October
Local Contacts: Letchworth State Park

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