Here’s The Perfect Weekend Itinerary If You Love Exploring Buffalo’s Waterfalls

If you’re feeling the need to experience the great outdoors and searching for “waterfalls near me,” do exactly the opposite of what TLC (tender loving care, in case you missed that one) would suggest and set aside a weekend to go chasing waterfalls! Fill your tank, lace up your hiking boots, and pack your bags for this mini sightseeing road trip through Western New York.

To access an interactive and adjustable map of our waterfall itinerary, click here.

Have you visited any of these waterfalls before? Are there any others you’ve been dying to see? Let us know in the comment section below, and happy adventuring!

Address: Niagara Falls, NY, USA
Address: Bridal Veil Falls, Niagara Falls, NY 14303, USA
Address: Emery Park, 2084 Emery Rd, South Wales, NY 14139, USA
Address: Eternal Flame Falls, Eternal Flame Hiking Trail, Orchard Park, NY 14127, USA
Address: Williamsville, NY 14221, USA
Address: Niagara Falls, NY, USA
Address: Letchworth State Park, 1 Letchworth State Park, Castile, NY 14427, USA
Address: Buffalo, NY, USA
Address: Akron Falls Park, 44 Parkview Dr, Akron, NY 14001, USA
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Buffalo Waterfall Weekend Itinerary

June 16, 2022

Where can I find hiking trails with waterfalls in New York State?

To just say everywhere, is an understatement! The Empire State is home to an astounding number of hiking trails with waterfalls. To get you started I would suggest Shelving Rock Falls. The trail here winds its way through Adirondack Park, to the Shelving Rock Falls, then on through the town of Fort Ann before ending at Lake George. It really is a magnificent journey.

Are there any family-friendly waterfall hikes in New York State?

Like hiking trails with waterfalls, there are numerous family-friendly waterfall hikes as well.  One of them is called Awosting Falls. Located in the far eastern part of the state off Highway 209 and Interstate 87 in Minnewaska State Park, the hike is a little over a mile long but the scenery in the park and the gushing 60 feet tall waterfall makes it a great place to enjoy for the entire day.

Why is Letchworth State Park called the “Grand Canyon of the East?”

Letchworth State Park, located about an hour east and a little south of downtown Buffalo, is called the “Grand Canyon of the East” because of its size and magnificent natural beauty. Like its “sister canyon” in Arizona it is massive, encompassing some 14,350 acres. Within that expanse, there are amazing waterfalls, jaw-dropping gorges, some of the best waterfall hikes in New York, and miles and miles of trails for all kinds of recreational activities year-round. This park should be on every travel bucket list!

Address: Niagara Falls, NY, USA
Address: Bridal Veil Falls, Niagara Falls, NY 14303, USA
Address: Emery Park, 2084 Emery Rd, South Wales, NY 14139, USA
Address: Eternal Flame Falls, Eternal Flame Hiking Trail, Orchard Park, NY 14127, USA
Address: Williamsville, NY 14221, USA
Address: Niagara Falls, NY, USA
Address: Letchworth State Park, 1 Letchworth State Park, Castile, NY 14427, USA
Address: Buffalo, NY, USA
Address: Akron Falls Park, 44 Parkview Dr, Akron, NY 14001, USA