Letchworth State Park is known as the Grand Canyon of the East – and with three thunderous waterfalls cascading down a 17-mile stretch of a vast, deep gorge carved by the Genesee River, it lives up to its name.

Letchworth State Park Overview

Letchworth is one of the most beautiful of the Finger Lakes Trail’s branch trails, offering 25 miles (one way) of incredible gorge scenery. In addition to the park’s three main waterfalls, the gorge is home to 50 smaller falls, as well as cliffs towering as high as 600 feet.

The park’s hiking trails offer 66 miles of gorgeous trekking, including seven special miles along the Gorge Trail, featuring scenic overlooks and a trail that leads to the very edge of Letchworth’s breathtaking gorge.

Hikers can navigate to the Letchworth Trail by way of Whiskey Bridge, the trail’s southern terminus where white blazes change to yellow for the length of this Finger Lakes branch trail.

Camping in Letchworth State Park

Camping for Finger Lakes Trail thru-hikers in Letchworth is limited to just two sites, the G-Shelter Lean-to and D-Shelter, available for use only with a permit from the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

G-Shelter can be found approximately 9 miles north of the Letchworth Trail’s southern terminus, with D-Shelter 6 miles farther north and 15 miles from the southern terminus.

Additional tent sites and cabins, some of which are winterized, are available. Visit the Letchworth State Park website or call 585.493.3600 for more information regarding these rentals and required permits.

 White Water Rafting at Letchworth State Park
 White Water Rafting at Letchworth State Park
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Upcoming Events

Phone: (585) 493-3600 Mr. Letchworth named his estate Glen Iris in part because of his fascination with Greek mythology; Iris was the Greek goddess of the rainbow. Most sunny days a rainbow can be seen in the mist of Middle Falls. Learn about and enjoy this naturally colorful phenomenon.
Phone: (585) 493-3600 This year's theme is "In and Around the Genesee River". Experts in diverse fields will share their connections to the neighborhood of Letchworth State Park. Programs are held in The Humphrey Nature Center. July 5- Life in the Lands of Letchworth: Living along the Genesee in the 19th Century by Tom Cook July 12- Canal Women: surly Sal McMurray by Gretchen Sepik July 19- Secrets of the Mount Morris Dam by Steve Winslow July 26- The Geological Wonder that is Letchworth State Park by Jim Pomeroy Aug 2- Center for Enviornemtnal Initatives on River Health by George Thomas Aug 9- "Boom and Bust: America's Journey on the Erie Canal" a contemporary film Aug 16- Explorations of Letchworth State Park Through the Lens of a Camera by Keith Walters Aug 23- The Importance of STEM in Education and the Genesee River by Dan Menelly
Phone: (585) 493-3600 Become more familiar with the hundreds of local plants that include lichens, fungi, liverworts, mosses, ferns, shrubs, trees and wildflowers. Focus on horsetails, clubmosses and ferns. Meet at Museum
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