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 Meet at Bear Hollow (#16) Trailhead on River Road between junction of Ridge and Frost Roads. 6 hours, 5 and a half miles. Meet at 10am. The Letchworth Branch is 24 miles long and offers many spectacular views of the park from the east side of the Genesee River. Most of this trail will be traversed in five sections averaging less than 4 miles each. Sturdy foot ware, packed lunch and drink are all recommended. Car-pooling is required.
Phone: (585) 493-3600 View the moonrise above the Great Bend Gorge. Meet at Archery Field Overlook. Bring a flashlight and a picnic supper. In a less familiar realm of sights and sounds, experience the changing colors and moods in the blending zone of daylight and nightlight. Bring a flashlight and a picnic supper. Sky gazing will follow evening programs if weather permits.
Phone: (585) 493-3600 Meet at lowest St. Helena parking lot. Meet at 10am. Follow the weekly changes of autumn scenery though a mixture of topics dealing with history, fall foliage, flowers, migratory birds, small animals and especially the annual profusion of mushrooms.
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