The park has good camping facilities and is an ideal place for outdoor, active holidays with numerous trails.As we were there for only a short time we spent our first afternoon following the river to the Lower Falls. The walk to the Council Grounds and Mary Jemison's Memorial is no distance, very close to the Glen Iris Inn. The trail to the Upper...more
This sign post was my first introduction to the story of Mary Jemison. It told very little about her other than that the flats on which I was looking down had been her home for 50 years and she had been known as the white woman of the Genesee; a statue of her stood in "the Council Grounds near Glen Iris". I thought no more about it but the...more
Set on the hill above the Glen Iris Hotel is a Seneca Indian council House and the grave of Mary Jemison. She had been abducted by Seneca Indians as a child and raised as a Seneca with the name of Dehweganus. She lived out her life as a Seneca. Her grave was moved here after her burial ground was threatened with development and her grandchildren...more
Standing high above the Genesee River just upstream of the Upper Falls is the Potage Bridge. The present trestle replaced an earlier wooden structure which when built in 1852 was the World’s tallest wooden structure. The current bridge is actively used by the Norfolk & Southern Railroad.more
This is the main waterfall of the Park. Conveniently located directly opposite the Glen Iris Hotel, trails take you right to the rim of the falls letting you watch as waters leap out over the brink, some 107 feet above the next stop. There is a large parking lot from which you can set out to both the Middle and Upper Falls as well as table where...more
Being the ‘Grand Canyon of the East’, Letchworth has its own Inspiration Point, just like the real Grand Canyon. The view from here reminds me more of the view from Inspiration Point in the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. You do have a superb view from here over the highlights of the Park - Middle and Upper Falls as well as the high rail trestle...more
Proceeding south along Park Road from Letchworth Dam, Lower falls is the first of the three main falls found along the Genesee River. There is every evidence that the Lower Falls area is a big center of visitor activity before Labor Day in early September - large swimming pool, campgrounds, restaurant, gift shop. A trail leads to an overlook of the...more
The State Park extends for about ten miles north from the Portage Gorge - waterfall center for the Park. A trail extends above the east rim of the canyon - composing of a section of the 562 mile long Finger Lake Trail - while on the west rim, motorists roll along the Park Road. Here and there, trails take off from the road, but he main highlight of...more
This park was a special find, and at the hight of the summer season, we seemed to be almost the only ones who had found it! It combined a mini- royal gorge, grand canyon, with a private mini Niagara falls- not one falls, but 3! Make sure to take the full "tour" and see all three falls, as well as to stop at Inspiration Point, the dam, and even to...more
Letchworth offers Hot Air Balloon rides!!! The ride is actually very intimate, taking only about 4-6 people at a time, Your up for about an hour, and they take you over all the beautiful acres of the park. They offer this only from about May- September. If your there, you should defintely check it out.more
When you get to the Park, Make sure you ask for a Trail Map. The best trails for beginners is trail number 1. It is the most scenic and takes you right around the gorge. Best to start at the upper falls, walk the wooded bridge and work your way down to the white water rafting! The best time of the year to go is in the fall. With the leaves...more
Letchworth State Park, renowned as the "Grand Canyon of the East," is one of the most scenically magnificent areas in the eastern U.S. The Genesee River roars through the gorge over three major waterfalls between cliffs--as high as 600 feet in some places--surrounded by lush forests. The historic, completely restored Glen Iris Inn offers overnight...more
A view of the railroad trestle which spans the Genesee gorge close to the Upper Falls. The bridge is no longer in use and you can cross it. The views from up there are quite amazing. The picture in the intro is taken from the top of the railroad trestle.more
Middle Falls is pretty impressive in the day, but powerful spotlights increase the drama of the roaring nights at night. One more reason to check into the Glen Iris for at least one overnight.
Keep a sharp eye out for the wildlife. I nearly stepped on this snake here. And, as in all parks, do NOT feed, touch, or chase the animals. After all, this is their home. Let the wild things stay wild.