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“Trip though Letchworth”

Letchworth State Park
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Castile
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Owner description: Called the "Grand Canyon of the East," visitors come to this 14,340-acre park to view the dramatic 600-foot cliffs, the famous "Vale of the Three Falls," and to picnic, hike or camp.
Mansfield, Pennsylvania
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“Trip though Letchworth”
Reviewed 20 August 2014

We took a drive up through Letchworth. First time in this area. The gouge was very pretty with hot air ballons on the other side. The road r/w's were mowed all along the route through the park. A very nice trip.

Visited August 2014
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Tecumseh, Ontario
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“Amazing Views!”
Reviewed 19 August 2014

We drove 6 hours to camp here. And I am so glad we did! As others have said this is one beautiful State Park. There is lots to see and do. Campgrounds are very nice (although I haven't camped in 20 years so I don't have much to compare it to) Ground was flat, clean, near washrooms (cleaned everyday) and underneath beautiful trees. They are far enough apart so you get a little privacy. The falls, well they are just amazing to look at. Nice trails. There was 10 of us (all ages) that went white water rafting. There's an outfit there in the park. So much fun even though water was low and we got caught up on the rocks some of the time. Guides were very helpful. I will return to this park for sure.

Visited July 2014
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VA
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“Amazing Canyon with beautiful waterfalls”
Reviewed 18 August 2014

Letchworth State Park is an amazingly beautiful canyon carved through layers of rock by the Genessee River. It is most certainly the Grand Canyon of the East, but it cannot be compared to the majesty and size of the Grand Canyon.
We entered through the Portageville Entrance at the Southernmost point of the park because it seemed closest to the 3 most important falls in the park.

There are three major falls in the park, and dozens of smaller ones. There is a hiking trail that runs along the river gorge which allows you to get to all three falls. The path goes for miles, but you can walk small sections of it. The path is not for anyone with issues doing steps or rocky paths, but for others it is a great exercise opportunity. Its not too steep or strenuous, but it promises a good workout. There is a small parking lot by the Upper Falls, but it is not handicap accessible, and you need to walk a couple of hundred feet down the gorge path to see the falls. This falls is not exactly a natural falls; it has concrete walls built around parts of it. We found the power of the falls exciting, but it is not terribly scenic. The Middle falls is easy to get to for everyone and has a restroom and picnic area just next to it. This also includes a snack stand with ice cream. This falls is not as tall as the Upper Falls, but it is beautiful. The parking lot is at the bottom of the gorge and you look up the sides of the walls to see all of the different layers of stone. A paved path goes right up to an overlook with a great view of the falls and the gorge. The lower falls is also very pretty, and you can park very close to it. It sits just next to the park's hotel, and has very nice landscaping around the path. We found a small water fall along side the path as we walked to the overlook. This vantage point is a little higher in the gorge and you can see down the walls, as well as up the walls to the top of the gorge.

We also walked along one of the many short nature trails. This one ran along side of a natural bowl in the gorge with a great view of the river as it cut through the rock. Dozens of Rock Doves, (pigeons), lived on the cliffs around this bowl and they soared across the gorge like hawks - it was very odd looking. The nature trail had signs that provided information about the trees and the river and the gorge.

There were miles of the park that we did not get to see due to time constraints. I had no idea that anything like this existed in the Eastern United States, and I strongly recommend adding it to your travel agenda if you are in or passing through New York. The was less than $10 for our car - well worth the money.

Visited July 2014
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rome, ny
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“Unbelievable”
Reviewed 17 August 2014

The title says it all. I have spent most of my adult life traveling out of NY to see the world; only to find this amazing State Park in my back yard. The staff at the gate was so kind and helpful - definitely ask questions as this is a somewhat large park and the map they give at the gate is general but not very precise in helping to locate trailheads. If you come in the Mt Morris entrance (as we did), just know that the falls and Glen Iris, the museum, the Stone House are all in the South end of the park. Its not a very long drive, relatively, but if you are only there for an afternoon, it is easy to lose track of time while exploring the North end of the park. The entire park is beautiful and well maintained. Letchworth is on par with any tourist site Ive encountered in and out of NYS.

Visited August 2014
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Markham, Canada
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“This is a Gem”
Reviewed 16 August 2014

This State park is a gem - ours to explore and enjoy. It is possible to explore part of the park in a day in a hurry. We spent two days there - 4 to 6 hours per day. Entrance is $ 8 per day with in and out privileges. It is also called a mini Grand Canyon. What is important is that if you love nature full of trees, waters and Falls, trails and spectacular vista, visit to this park is must. For us it was also a consideration that place is just about 300 km from Markham Ontario where we live.

Exploring with leisure is the best way. Still if you have limited time, I suggest following:
1. Start your journey from the Upper Fall - located about 15 miles from the Mt. Morris entrance (towards the south end of the park and start travelling northward )
2. Then to the Middle Fall
3. Visit the Lower Fall and surrounding.
4. Last but not least is the all areas around the Wolf Creek. Highly recommend that you go over the bridge to the other side which takes to the the higher level to look at the Falls as well as vast areas of the valley.

There are other point of interest including a small museum ( no fee ) about the history of the park and Letchworth family.

There is guided tour of the Dam ( no fee ) at 2:00 pm. They only take 30 people, so make sure you are there about 30 minute prior to register and may be even earlier during the week end. It is not far from the hotel or Mt. Morris entrance.

We stayed at the Country Inn, which is closest to the Mt. Morris entrance, about 2 minutes.

Visited August 2014
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