Here's The Perfect Weekend Itinerary If You Love Exploring Buffalo's Waterfalls
By Samantha Gill|Updated on February 03, 2023(Originally published January 29, 2023)
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If you’re feeling the need to experience the great outdoors and searching for the best waterfalls near Buffalo, 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.
Check out this interactive and adjustable map of our waterfall itinerary so you know just where to go.
Are there any family-friendly waterfall hikes in New York State?
Like hiking trails with waterfalls, there are numerous family-friendly waterfall hikes in New York as well. One of them is:
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 make it a great place to enjoy 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!