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 Join us as we discover what's growing, emerging or changing in our springtime woods. Sundays at 10:00am (1½ hours)Some may car pool to nearby trails.
Phone: (585) 493-3600 Study the beauty and composition of hundreds of dried butterfly specimens representing most of the world's butterly families. Dozens of local and New York species, as well as those found in the Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory, are specially noted. Butterfly structure and local natural history will be featured in two new butterfly videos. This is an excellent primer for the Butterfly Walk on July 7th.
Phone: (585) 493-3600 Castile Entrance. Meet Wednesdays (except as noted) at 10am (4 hours, 2 miles). Letchworth State Park has over fifty miles of boundary line that traverses many scenic hills and dales. Ten miles in five sessions will be explored. Long pants, sturdy footwear (for mud, prickers, poison ivy and stream crossings) and packed lunch or snacks are all recommended. Car-pooling is required.
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