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.
- Camp Store
- Rental Cabins
- Whitewater Rafting
- William Pryor Letchworth Museum
- Glen Iris Inn
- Annual Arts & Crafts Show and Sale every October
- XC Skiing
- Spring: 24°F - 69°F
- Summer: 55°F - 81°F
- Fall: 32°F - 73°F
- Winter: 15°F - 37°F
- Inspiration Point
- Hogsback Overlook
- Mt. Morris Dam Overlook
Letchworth is home to the Finger Lakes Trail’s headquarters, located just off of the Letchworth Trail at Mt. Morris near Mt. Morris Dam. Drop by the Service Center to say hello!