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 10:30am, Saturdays in April, Glen Iris Front Proch (1.5 hours, < 1 mile). General nature walk around the grounds of the Glen Iris exploring its natural and human history.
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 Letchworth Museum Area. School program. Half mile loop with multiple 15-minute interpretive stations and guest appearances by Caroline Bishop and Mr. Letchworth. Public welcome. Area school children will be visiting Letchworth State Park in commemoration of the birth of it's great benefactor, William Pryor Letchworth. A half-mile loop around the Glen iris Inn will highlight the park's history. Along the loop, 15-minute programs, at 10 interpretive stations in rotation, will be conducted on various subjects including flint knapping, atlatl demonstration, Civil War camp life, and local plant & animals. You may even meet Caroline Bishop, Mr. Letchworth's trusted secretary, or Mr. Letchworth himself enjoying the festivities.
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