Letchworth State Park Gorge Trail

MODERATE 39 reviews
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Letchworth State Park Gorge Trail is a 9.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Portageville, NY that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

9.2 miles 2670 feet Loop

dogs on leash

birding

camping

canoeing

fishing

hiking

nature trips

road biking

scenic driving

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

whitewater kayaking

cross country skiing

forest

river

views

waterfall

wildlife

Along the west side of Genesee River in Letchworth State Park. Passes by 2 waterfalls. Trail is 7 miles long one way along the rim of the Gorge sometimes referred to as "The Grand Canyon Of The East".

29 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

Gorgeous! Wouldn't say it's difficult in the least bit.

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

A must see in the Fall

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2 months ago

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4 months ago

Fantastic

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4 months ago

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5 months ago

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.

6 months ago

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.

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7 months ago

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8 months ago

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.
http://www.eastcoasthiker.com/trails/letchworthstatepark

walking
9 months ago

Relaxing, we had a picnic near the falls. It was nice, relaxing day.

9 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

One of the most beautiful trails in the East. The natural beauty of the gorge along with the well maintained state park and all the stone-work make this a memorable hike.

hiking
1 year ago

One of the best hiking destinations on the New York State dubbed the "Grand Canyon of the East" Letchworth State Park Gorge Trail is a challenging, scenic, and one of my favorites. This hike can't be compared to any other, it is absolutely unique in its beauty and powerful presence. Be mindful that Gorge Trail #1 is a 14 mile round trip. Also, at about the 4 mile point you will run into a parking lot and there you have to meet up with the road veering right, shortly after which you will encounter the trail again. Bring a map because it can tricky in low light situations. A great place to be. Go!

1 year ago

Easy trail with breathtaking views.

hiking
1 year ago

Just "gorgeous"!

hiking
1 year ago

My wife and I love this trail. We've walked it roughly four times per year for twenty-five years. The gorge is magnificient and it's known as "The Grand Canyon of the East". The hike is moderate to hard with inclinations that require stairs built by the CCC of the early 20th century in some spots. The trail runs from the high falls, to the middle falls, to the lower falls. There is an old hardwood and fir tree woods which gives a sense of dark woods. Turkey vultures and hawks glide over the gorge continuously. Song birds, rodents, and deer pass along the way. We saw a six foot black snake on the trail once (milk snake). Absolute must for hikers in New York.

hiking
1 year ago

Easy hike with great views beautiful!

hiking
1 year ago

Gorgeous views! Easy walk.