Letchworth State Park, Castile

Nestled between the Allegany foothills and the Finger Lakes of New York State is one of the jewels of the New York State Parks system, Letchworth State Park, also known as “The Grand Canyon the of East”. Today this 14,000 plus acre park offers a wide variety of family activities; you can rent one of its 82 cabins or perhaps stay at one of its 270 campsites or experience the beautiful accommodations at the historic Glen Iris Inn. You may also swim at our Olympic size pool or perhaps hike on over 60 miles of trails. If adventure is what you seek, try hot air ballooning over one of 3 waterfalls, Upper Falls (70ft), Middle Falls ( 107 ft )or Lower Falls ( 70ft ), or go white water rafting though miles of scenic gorge with walls as high as 600ft on the Genesee River. All this with vistas and panoramic views that are unequaled anywhere in the eastern United States. A photographer’s heaven with locations such as Inspiration Point, Eagle Hill, Wolf Creek, Great Bend, Smokey Hollow, Hog’s Back and the Highbanks.Letchworth State Park is easily one of the premier parks in the Eastern United States. The scenery and recreational facilities are outstanding and it is a historical gold mine for the researcher, historian, or anyone seeking a connection with the past of the charming Genesee Valley.

The story of Letchworth State Park is a constant stream of Native Americans, pioneers, soldiers, engineers, famous men and women and workers, flowing together in a fascinating blend of tragedies, victories, hard work and delightful stories. Although some historical episodes stand out, all aspects promise to delight the interested individual who looks for the memories.

The park was the home of the famous “White Woman of the Genesee”, Mary Jemison and the great benefactor and social reformer William Pryor Letchworth. It was also the setting for the tragic Portage High Bridge, once the highest wooden bridge in the entire world, as well as the ill-fated Genesee Valley Canal whose engineering challenges were met with feats which dazzled the contemporary world. A Civil War camp and two pioneer “Ghost Towns” add to the enchantment of the memories of the park.

The visitor will be introduced to this heritage through the William Pryor Letchworth Museum with its displays, videos and interpretive staff. At the Council Grounds, where Mary Jemison is buried, stands the Seneca Council House and the Nancy Jemison Cabin. Many other historical sites in the park will help the visitor round out the story of Letchworth State Park. Whether one stays for a day or a week, they can learn and enjoy the historical episodes which have made Letchworth State Park what it is today.

The serious researcher and historian can also request arrangements to do research on Letchworth State Park and Genesee Valley history through the many historical holdings kept by the region at Letchworth State Park.

All in all, Letchworth State Park has much to offer for those who delight in history – just one more thing that will make any visit to Letchworth State Park rewarding and interesting.
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  • Interesting history of the park. A Mr. Letchworth, a Quaker, saw the area from the train and bought land there. He had 1000 acres centered around Middle Falls. When he died, he gave it to the...  more »
  • This place is great. The park itself is huge, you can spend hours if not days wandering around, there are camping sites even. But even for one day it's pretty cool, there are forest paths, and a...  more »
  • This park was breathe taking. We went for a weekend get away and just loved everything about the entire area. The trails were challenging (which is what we like when were hiking)😎👍👍 We hiked about 13 miles in there!! The scenery was stunning. The waterfalls were amazing. It was worth the $10 entry fee. We drove all the way through to visit the little town at end of park called Mt. Morris. It was a very charming little town. Would definitely go back there!!
  • Wonderful place. Beautiful nature at it’s best. Landscape you find is completely different. Loved it. Trails are really nice. I should have planned for longer stay their, need to ho back there to stay in a cabin near the fall trail. One of the must visit place in New York state park.......

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