Letchworth State Park - Big Bend Loop Professional Review and Guide
"This route begins at the Parade Grounds, an infantry parade grounds during the Civil War. It follows a lesser-used park road heading gradually uphill, then continues on old gravel roads, which are driveable but rough for cars. You’ll ride out to the bend of the Genesee River, with views of the gorge cliffs where they’re the highest. Parade Grounds Road is closed in the winter, making this route good for cross-country skiing. At Big Bend, the Genesee River almost doubles over on itself. This twisting is unusual for such deep canyons. In its early days, more than 10,000 years ago, the Genesee River crossed a plateau. It was free to sidewind like a snake as it began to cut through the sandstone and shale. Once the winding course was set, the river dug its way down to create the 600 feet cliffs of today. Surface: Paved and gravel roads."