Do you find yourself asking, “Where are the best waterfalls near me?” Well, you’d be hard-pressed to find a  waterfall trip more worthwhile in New York than Letchworth State Park. The park’s series of main waterfalls — named Upper, Middle, and Lower Falls — flow down the Genesee River through Portage Canyon on the south sides of the park.

Not surprisingly, the park has been called “The Grand Canyon of the East” for its magnificent rock walls. Sixty-six miles of trails give adventurers access to the park’s gorgeous landscapes, with plenty of waterfalls along the way. A visit to Letchworth State Park will give you the opportunity go to on some of the best waterfall hikes in New York, hands down.

There are plenty of other, smaller falls throughout the park for those willing to explore, but visitors also won’t want to miss out on Inspiration Point, where hikers are rewarded with what might be the best view in Letchworth State Park. Once you’ve made the hike, you’ll understand how it got its name. Just make sure you’ve got plenty of water for the journey.

As you can see, if you’re looking for hiking trails with waterfalls in New York, then you’re going to love this park. Head on out there today and you’ll be glad that you did!

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What else is there to do near Letchworth State Park?

The area around Letchworth State Park is full of fun things to do. There are a number of whitewater rafting outfitters in the area if you'd like to get in the water instead of just looking at it from the trail. Or, if you'd like to view the falls by air, you can sign up for a hot air balloon ride to do just that. There are antiques stores all over this area and farmer's markets too if you'd like to shop. At the end of a long day, consider taking in a movie at one of the areas two drive-in movie theaters, or hit a local brewery and try some New York beer.

Does Letchworth State Park have any special trails?

Letchworth's Autism Nature Trail (A.N.T.) was created for individuals with autism or other disabilities. It's a mile long and along the way you'll find eight sensory stations designed specifically for people with autism and their families to enjoy nature in an accessible way. Even if you aren't with someone with autism, it's worth checking out! Anyone can enjoy this special trail.

Is there camping available at Letchworth State Park?

The park campground opens in late spring and closes in the fall. There are campsites available for tenting or RVing and there are hookups for RVs. The park also offers cabins that are available during the same season. All camping facilities are closed for the winter.

Are there other lodging options in the park? 

There are number of historic homes in Letchworth State Park that can be rented year-round. Further, the Glen Iris Inn, formerly the home of William Pryor Letchworth, is open during the busy season and has fifteen guest rooms and a restaurant called Caroline's. Staying in any of these historic accommodations will surely enhance your overall park experience.

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