Letchworth State Park: Revel In The Beauty Of A Three-Tiered Waterfall In The 'Grand Canyon Of The East'
By Sarah McCosham|Published March 15, 2021
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In Upstate New York, there’s a particularly epic, 176-foot waterfall that attracts upwards of 8 million visitors each year and definitely demands the spotlight. Of course, we’re talking about Niagara Falls, which truly is one of the world’s most splendid natural wonders. However, there’s another destination that’s less than two hours from the world-famous falls that’s equally wondrous and meritorious in its own right: Letchworth State Park.
This New York State Park has some of the most sublime scenery in the country. Here, the Genesee River roars through the majestic gorge, over picture-perfect tiered waterfalls, between stately cliffs, and along the lush Upstate wilderness. Lauded as the “Grand Canyon of the East,” Letchworth State Park is absolutely magnificent – a stunning wonder that must be experienced.
“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.” Helen Keller said that, and it’s true. Beauty is something that cannot simply be seen; it must be experienced. And at Letchworth State Park, you’ll experience natural beauty at its best.
Accessibility: Given the varied terrain and geography of Letchworth State Park, most of its trails are not handicap-accessible; however, the public viewing and picnic areas are. Read more about accessibility at New York State Parks here.
Pet Friendly: Dogs are allowed throughout Letchworth State Park and on the trails, provided they remain on a leash and owners assume responsibility for cleaning up after them.
Parking: Letchworth State Park has six main entrances; four on the west side of the park, including the Glen Iris Inn, Humphrey Nature Center, Upper, Middle, and Lower Falls, Stone Museum, and the Visitor’s Center/Main Office. Parking is free, and there are a variety of places to park at Letchworth State Park. The Visitor Center is a great place to start; it’s located near the south end of the park near Inspiration Point. The visitor center houses the main offices for the park, a staffed desk, informational kiosks, gift shop, bathrooms, and has a charging station for electric cars.
Seasonal Access: Letchworth State Park is open daily from dawn to dusk, with camping and outdoor recreation following a seasonal schedule. You can learn more on the park’s website.
Cost: Letchworth State Park, as with most New York State Parks, charges a vehicle use fee to enter. The entry fee at Letchworth State Park is $10 per vehicle, collected daily from May 25 through October 28. Fees can vary by season, and more information can be found on the Letchworth State Park website.