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Very nice but a bit muddy. There's a suspension bridge an a waterfall. Borders on an apple orchard.

My family and I just returned from hiking the Letchworth Trail at Letchworth State Park. The previous/below reviews about this trail are all very accurate, so I'll try not to repeat the same information. This trail is very beautiful for its gentle up/down topography, frequent river crossings, and beautiful forests. It is, however, not what I expected in terms of views. I thought I would see a lot of overlooks of the gorge, waterfalls, and river. It does not offer that. The photos you see in brochures and websites of the upper, middle, and lower waterfalls are easily viewable by car/overlooks on the west side of the park . . . and are a must-see. Granted, we saw the falls at what must have been the hight of their water levels, and they were a rushing, spewing, fantastic display of nature. Better than Niagra Falls.

Due to high water levels (there was a three-hour rain storm prior to our hitting the trail, perhaps that caused it?), many of the river crossings were difficult. I mean like "should-we-turn-back" difficult. One crossing was so dangerous, we needed to shimmy on our butts across a large fallen log. Afterward we laughed about how filthy our pants were, but honestly we were not prepared for all the water crossings. I would guess there are 50-75 crossings in total (about 4-5 per mile), many of which you could either hop right over, or have to place just one foot in the river. But there were at least 15 crossings that we were mid-calf deep. So be ready for hiking in soaking feet for long distances. We all wear WrightSox, so we didn't get any hot spots or blisters, thank God.

The lean-to's also were clean inside, fire pits were perfect, picnic tables were great.

But come to this hike well-prepared. We saw one other person the whole time we were there. You will be on your own. The Park Service staff is of no help. Even though you can reach them by phone at certain points on the trail, they are not at all familiar with the trail. We needed help with directions at a couple of key points on the trail and they said "I don't know what to tell you." The Mount Morris Visitor Center Rangers, however, were very helpful and knowledgable.

The yellow hashes painted on the trees and the mile markers are very well done. The trailhead signage is non-existent. After 30 minutes of searching for a trailhead in Portageville, we ended up hitching a ride with the fire department vehicle about three miles up the road and found a way into the park. Unfortunately, we missed a good chunk of the Southern part of the trail.

1 month ago

Beautiful! Another best kept WNY secret.

hiking
1 month ago

I just did the eternal flame trail. it took me 30 minutes start to finish, I walk fast. well marked trail and worth the experience to see the flame. hardest part of the trail is the hike back up the hill but really not bad

Easy out and back with little elevation change. A couple of nice views on the creek. Trail ends abruptly. Must be near a farm with livestock-- the last third of the trail the smell of animal manure was pretty overwhelming.

Beautiful trail and well maintained!

Really nice, well-maintained upper trail. However be warned if you loop down to creek at the end and follow the yellow markers, the trail is much trickier with some areas on shale or blocked by fallen trees. If you don’t mind the challenge it was a great hike!

Trail was good though waterfall was dry. Ruins were interesting and fun to play in. We hiked up a big hill and found another trail which was really cool. Suspension bridge was fun as well.

This was a really nice trail! Well maintained!
The views were beautiful!

This is a scenic and shaded walk along the rim of gorge. The blue dotted marked trail is on the rim of the gorge, wIth many branches down to the bottom near the water. The waterfalls were basically dry in late summer, but we will be revisiting in the spring to see them.

A lot of these reviews are not the Letchworth Trail, they are of Letchworth State Park which is not the same. The Letchworth Trail is a portion of the much longer Fingerlakes Trail (about 500 miles long) that runs from one end of Letchworth to the other on the east side of the Genesee River (the opposite side of where you have access to the lower, middle, and upper falls). Can be started from either end and is roughly 23 miles long. There are no bathrooms/water refill areas but they have 2 lean to shelters to reserve if you were to make a 2 day backpacking trip to complete the entire trail which my husband and I did. That is all that is out there. If you plan on staying overnight at the shelter(s) you need to call the park and request a permit and reserve the shelter you want for that night. You need to also get permission from the Mount Morris Dam to park your car there overnight- very easy. We started at the Mount Morris end and came out at the Parade Grounds in the Park. The trail is very well parked with yellow paint on the trees. Going in that direction the first lean to shelter is roughly 6 miles in and the second is roughly 8 more miles in (14 miles from the start of the trail). The lean to is good size and there’s also a picnic table and campfire ring at each site. You are not allowed tents or hammocks and as stated before there is nothing out there- no water, no bathrooms. Leave no trace ethics! Bring all the water you need or boil it from the streams. We had 3 hydrapacks of water and used almost all of that for a 2 day hike. At the campsite we boiled water needed so we didn’t use our reserve. Bring everything you need with you, but keep in mind there are no garbage cans either so any trash comes back out with you also. Have a bear safe for food or hang your food in a tree - we did encounter a mama bear with 3 cubs about 4 miles in. There are a lot of switchbacks but really beautiful scenery, a few gorgeous overviews along the way. The lean tos are very good size- probably sleep 4 comfortably. They are 3 sided wooden structures so one side is completely open. I opted to bring a very large mosquito net with hooks- the lean to has nails and hooks in there that made it easy for me to hang it up. Def recommend that to at least keep the bugs off at night. One thing that I would take with me next time would be one of those chairs that you swirl around and fill with air (not sure what they are officially called) because i don’t find a picnic bench very comfortable after a very long hike and chairs would be too heavy to carry. Those seem like a great option to carry weight wise and you just deflate and fold up and stick in your backpack. Would have been nice to have one to relax in around the campfire after a long hike and even an option to sleep on more comfortable than a sleeping pad. Be alert- there are bears there and know how to respond to keep yourself safe. Had a great time would do it again! Added photos also of some views, some of the trail, and also of the shelters.

hiking
2 months ago

I loved this trail! There are some steep hills, and it can be tough when everything’s wet, but I loved the challenge!

hiking
2 months ago

Fun with the kids!!!

I like this trail...

Nice trail with great views. Dog and kid friendly.

This is my favorite park in the area to go to if you’re looking for a nice casual stroll. Lots of wildlife and decently maintained paths.

birding
3 months ago

Great hike for kids and families. Lots of wildlife to see. Only negative thing being the park places the map opposite side of the road of the trail heads. Not many people see it. Good thing we have All Trails app too back us.

Nice easy walk through the woods. We did an out and back total of 4.5 mi from the Mt. Morris Dam & Recreation area. All “scenic” views were within the first half mile or so. Bring big spray if you’re going further than that as the mosquitoes got pretty bad. Tip: you’ll save the $10 entrance fee if you don’t enter through the Park Rd. side of the park first, stay on this (the south side) of the park and you’ll be good.

this is an average hike with average scenery. trail not marked well but it's basically a square.

Great trail. Started at Mt. Morris. Hiked 6 miles south and then back to dam. Very well marked with great views. All forest and overlooks.

Not a ton of scenery for most of the trail but did see some turkeys and there was a nice little creek that was very pretty and my dogs enjoyed swimming in

Love feeding the birds!

Nice hike. Enjoyed the flowers and wild life.

We looked at this park and brought our mountain bikes because there was a tag for mountain biking. However, mountain biking isn't allowed and we wasted our time.

on Hunter's Creek Park

hiking
4 months ago

This trail system is beautiful and well marked! I didn't follow the map it gives you on here but there are a lot more options than just this one trail loop. It was easy for me and my dog, and we both loved wading in the creek. The small rapids were so nice to sit by and relax! Definitely comimg back here!

hiking
4 months ago

Moderately populated. Trail markers are spotty at best - easy to get lost if you're not careful about your bearings, but a great place to get lost in. When in doubt, follow the creek.

nice well maintained trail. we'll have to come back in the spring as there wasn't much water flowing over the falls. The interesting stone structure is the homestead of Belva Lockwood, first woman to practice law before the Supreme court and the first woman to run for president!

hiking
5 months ago

First time there and we loved it. Felt like you were all alone in the woods! You can go off the “normal” path and explore.

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