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.
dogs on leash
cross country skiing
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".
A must see in the Fall
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 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.
Relaxing, we had a picnic near the falls. It was nice, relaxing day.
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.
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!
Easy trail with breathtaking views.
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.
Easy hike with great views beautiful!
Gorgeous views! Easy walk.
The Gorge Trail #1 is advertised as a moderate 7 mile "hike", but is nothing more than a walk along the Road. Amazing views at every point, but really no need to "hike" when you can drive to every single waterfall. No need to pack a bag just drive along the road and you will enjoy the views as much, nothing to see in between falls. However, the only hiking you can experience during this 7 miles walk is between the mid waterfall and lower waterfall. Yet, you can still drive to the lower waterfall and again no need to walk there. I will definitely go back and explore more, since this is a huge park and there's more to see.....
Beautiful views everywhere. Really enjoyed this hike.
I went during the peak fall foliage season and was greeted with beautiful colors all around the park. Early October was a perfect time to go. Make sure you see all three falls.
We've been the the Grand Canyon and this is smaller but just as spectacular. It was a beautiful sunny day and the hike was simple and leisurely.