Letchworth State Park

Letchworth State Park

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Letchworth State Park

New York

(585) 493-3600

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Overview

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. Hikers can choose among 66 miles of hiking trails. Trails are also available for horseback riding, biking, snowmobiling and cross-country skiing. Letchworth offers nature, history and performing arts programs, guided walks, tours, a summer lecture series, whitewater rafting, kayaking, a pool for swimming and hot air ballooning. Experiencing Letchworth by hot air balloon is unforgettable, as seen in this video clip.

Winter activities include snow tubing, cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling. The historic, completely restored Glen Iris Inn offers overnight accommodations and is open to the public for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Banquet and catering services are available for your special events.

For professional and organizational retreats, educational and training needs can be met at the Conference Center. Located in a secluded area at the southwest portion of Letchworth State Park, the facility consists of a spacious country lodge room, bedrooms, bathrooms with showers and a kitchen. This unique historic structure is designed to accommodate the needs of low impact professional and organizational groups for education, training and retreat purposes. It can be rented for day and/or overnight use. It is the perfect place for your next business retreat. This facility is not designed for overnight family camping, although, some family type rentals may be permitted. Call the Park Office to be sure if this or another site will best suit your needs. For a family type vacation rental experience the Maplewood Lodge can be rented. It is located in the middle of Letchworth State Park at the entrance to the Highbanks Camping Area. For winter use, it is ideal for snowmobilers as it connects to the NYS snowmobile trail system. The facility sleeps up to eight people and consists of a furnished kitchen, living room with a working fireplace, TV and VCR, a formal dining room and a full size bath with a shower on the first floor. There are two bedrooms and a powder room upstairs and one small bedroom on the first floor. Linens are not provided.

Campers can take advantage of tent and trailer campsites as well as winterized cabins. Group camping facilities are also available.

Hunters, please note: There will not be a 2013 hunting permit lottery. Permits will be issued to the first 500 applicants for deer hunting. Details on the new process can be found here and applications can be found here.

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Tent/Trailer Campsite Information and Rules

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Map of Letchworth (NY)

Latitude, Longitude: 42.603436, -78.023475

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Activities

  • Boating

    Whitewater rafting and kayaking are popular sports along the Genesee River, as it roars through the gorge.

  • Bicycling

    The lush forests of Letchworth State Park make it easy to lose track of time, but the well marked trails will keep you on the right path as you bike around the park.

  • Camping

    Campsites and cabins are available to rent. The camping season runs from the middle of May until mid-October though some of the cabins can be booked year round. There are showers, playgrounds, hiking trails, and museums all within the park. Overnight accommodations can be found at both the Glen Iris Inn and the Maplewood Lodge. The historic, completely restored Glen Iris Inn is open to the public for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Banquet and catering services are available for your special events. For a family type vacation rental experience the Maplewood Lodge can be rented. It is located in the middle of Letchworth State Park at the entrance to the Highbanks Camping Area. For winter use, it is ideal for snowmobilers as it connects to the NYS snowmobile trail system. The facility sleeps up to eight people and consists of a furnished kitchen, living room with a working fireplace, TV and VCR, a formal dining room and a full size bath with a shower on the first floor. There are two bedrooms and a powder room upstairs and one small bedroom on the first floor. Linens are not provided.

  • Hiking

    Hikers can choose among 66 miles of hiking trails. The majority of the trails are wide, lined with stone or sufficiently cleared. Steps are generally stonework and well-kept. Some trails are even paved. The less beaten pathways are narrow, lined with dirt, rocks and branches. Many trails traverse down into the gorge and you must know the water levels and weather forecast (ask any park ranger or police, or in the visitor center) before hiking down into the gorge. The trails in Letchworth State Park are so numerous, it is recommended that you invest in a detailed trail guide, which can be found at the visitor center.

  • Historic Sites

    There are a variety of family-friendly activities available in the park. There are nature, history and performing arts programs, as well as guided walks and tours of the trails and grounds of the park, and lecture series offered during the summer months.

  • Horseback Riding

    There are bridal paths through the park that are open to horseback riding year round. Horseback riding is a good way to cover a lot of ground as some of the trails will climb 600ft to get to the top of a waterfall.

  • Hunting

    Deer and spring turkey hunting are permitted in season.

  • Picnicking

    The park is open daily 6am to 11pm. Picnic facilities include shelters, tables and grills, a snack bar, and recreation programs. There is also a museum and a visitor center in Letchworth State park.

  • RVing

    The park has several tent and trailer sites throughout the grounds. There are showers, dumping stations, playgrounds, hiking trails, and museums all within the park. The camping season runs from the middle of May until mid-October.

  • Water Sports

    Letchworth State Park has a pool, the North Pool on the grounds, open from late June until early September. The South Pool has been closed indefinitely.

  • Wildlife Watching

    This park is home to the Grey Petaltail Dragonfly, a species that flew with the dinosaurs!

  • Winter Sports

    Winter activities include snow tubing, cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling. Snowmobiliers will find the Maplewood Lodge to be a perfect place to spend the night.

Seasonality/Weather

For information about local area weather, please visit: http://www.weather.com/weather/today/14427.

Directions

Driving

Along the Genesee River, 35 miles south of Rochester. Exit 7 Interstate 390.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(585) 493-3600

Campground reservations

(800) 456-2267

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