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Letchworth State Park, Castile

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Letchworth State Park is a 14,427-acre (5,838 ha) New York State Park located in Livingston County and Wyoming County in the western part of the State of New York. The park is roughly 17 miles (27 km) long, following the course of the Genesee River as it flows north through a deep gorge and over several large waterfalls. It is located 35 miles (56 km) southwest of Rochester and 60 miles (97 km) southeast of Buffalo, and spans portions of the Livingston County towns of Leicester, Mount Morris and Portage, as well as the Wyoming County towns of Castile and Genesee Falls.

In 1859, Buffalo industrialist William Pryor Letchworth (1823–1910) began purchasing land near the Middle Falls, and started construction of his Glen Iris Estate. In 1906 he bequeathed the 1,000-acre (4 km2) estate to New York, which soon after became the core of the newly-created Letchworth State Park. The park prominently features three large waterfalls – the Upper, Middle, and Lower Falls – on the Genesee River, which flows within a deep gorge that winds through the park. The rock walls of the gorge, which rise up to 550 feet (170 m) in places, prompted the area's reputation as the "Grand Canyon of the East".
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  • This park was recommended to us by friends and it didn’t disappoint. People were enjoying camping, hiking, painting, playgrounds, picnic grounds and just driving though to stop at the wonderful... 
    This park was recommended to us by friends and it didn’t disappoint. People were enjoying camping, hiking, painting, playgrounds, picnic grounds and just driving though to stop at the wonderful...  more »
  • This park is super beautiful - I recommend seeing all 3 waterfalls. I visited in mid June on a Monday and it wasn't overly crowded whatsoever but there were enough people around to feel safe while... 
    This park is super beautiful - I recommend seeing all 3 waterfalls. I visited in mid June on a Monday and it wasn't overly crowded whatsoever but there were enough people around to feel safe while...  more »
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  • You can easily see why this is one of the most beautiful state parks in the entire 🇺🇲. It has great hikes. The middle and upper are fine with kids and elderly folks and you can park and walk from one to the other but the lower falls is a drive then a medium level walk if you're not a regular hiker. The lower falls involves a lot of stairs. It is a carry in carry out park so bring some bags to keep your trash safe till you leave. Cabins looked nice and they have rafting. There are numerous play areas for kids. The views are also breathtaking.
  • Before you reach the falls at the Letchworth State Park Visitors Center, you encounter this awesome bridge with a set of falls beneath it. Lovely for panoramic photos. There's a section of the park with a beautiful overlook of the bridge and falls together. Stairs take you down to view other parts of the falls downstream. We saw an ad for hot air balloon rides that take off from there, but we didn't see any while we visited. Small refreshment stand and bathroom facilities as well. Hot and buggy on the day we went, but neat if you like waterfalls.

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