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This park is basically the Grand Canyon of the East Coast, carved from past glaciers. Nowadays, instead of ice, the Genesee River runs through the canyon spaces, shouldered by lush forests. Read more...
This park is basically the Grand Canyon of the East Coast, carved from past glaciers. Nowadays, instead of ice, the Genesee River runs through the canyon spaces, shouldered by lush forests. The park’s 66 trails are easily accessible and look particularly Instagram-worthy during the fall. For those who are keen on learning, Letchworth’s conference and nature center offer outdoor, history and performing arts programs, guided walks, tours, and a summer lecture series. After a day’s worth of hiking to the three major waterfalls that sit between these cliffs, some as high as 600 feet in some places, you can rest your feet up at one of the hundreds of on-site campsites (and a 80-plus cabins and cottages).
Planning a camping trip in advance couldn’t be any easier at this part, too boot. All of the campsites, cabins, and cottages can be reserved days, weeks, even months in advance. Amenities like flushable toilets, full hookups for RVs and campers, showers, and proper dump stations populate each campground. For family affairs, consider staying at the Maplewood Lodge. It can comfortably sleep eight people or more and is conveniently located near popular hiking trails. During the winter, it can serve as a base camp for those who enjoy snowshoeing and other winter activities. In fact, the trails right outside this Lodge and nearby Highbanks Camping Ground are part of the NYS snowmobile trail system.
If you’re keen on taking full advantage of the area’s waterfall chasing and wildlife watching, we’d recommend a visit during the late-summer or early-spring. But for the postcard-worthy winter landscapes, book a cabin or cottage when the mercury dips.