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.
The Letchworth Gorge trail is amazing. My brother, his wife and I took our eight kiddos and made it five miles around the loop (clockwise), only to find that the trail is CLOSED on the opposite side of the river, near the civil war fairgrounds. We ended up sending two adults back to go get the cars... So if you are planning on doing the full loop, fuggetaboutit. The trail is closed through 2018, due to railroad bridge construction above.
Great views, hits all three major falls. Not real backcountry, you'll hike short road segments and past people grilling. Bring water bottles, if hot will be able to fill up at fountains. Allow time to take in/take pictures at the faxlls, and to hike down to the lower falls and across the foot bridge, An amazing river with beautiful fall and steep gorge that you will hike along.
It was beautifully challenging. A very well-kept path. Definitely more for the mountain biking experience . We actually met groomers on the trail who were very proud of their work and we let them know we appreciated it and their dedication.
Loring S. on Letchworth State Park Gorge Trail
It would be hard to find another hike like this with such incredible waterfalls. You have to see this place. Check out my write up which includes directions and other things to look out for.