Explore the most popular waterfall trails in Letchworth State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Awesome place!

As advertised, very easy, but an unbelievably scenic stroll. Some dirt trials so wear boots if raining

I've visited this park twice and it never disappoints. This is a must in the fall!

Great trail, fantastic views

Beautiful Park! The dam was dry due to low water flow but the waterfalls were flowing nicely.

scenic driving
5 months ago

Beautiful park! I plan on going back when the upper falls construction is completed. The overlooks are gorgeous!

Part of the trail was closed for construction, there are a lot of people on the trail and it is very close to the road in places. The waterfall views were great but I typically like less popular hikes.

hiking
6 months ago

This is the #6 Trail - Portage Trail at Letchworth State Park. Heading out from the trailhead, the trail is mostly downhill towards the river, so obviously, the return trip is mostly uphill. The trail is somewhat muddy at 2 different spots, one muddy spot was by the footbridge at the bottom, so appropriate footwear is necessary. The trail may be difficult for smaller dogs. There are some overlooks into the canyon during the upper part of the trail, and the views from which and from the footbridge make this a very good trail.

The views were terrific. We walked on the west side of the loop but the trail was closed for construction when you headed toward the south end. As many others have said here, more of a walk than a hike.

Breathtaking views of the gorge and waterfall. The trails weren't well marked and I ended up circling a bit before getting back to my car. I would definitely go back.

Nice walk, was unable to do the full trail. the southern portion (upper falls) was closed due to construction and the northern part crossing the gorge was also closed. was unfortunate and ruined half the hike for us.
This was not hiking on the west side in my eyes. I think the eastern part seemed more adventurous but oh well.
gorgeous views, definitely worth seeing.

Agree with others who have said that this walk is a must during the fall. The colors are bright and crisp with cool mist coming from the falls. Additionally, Columbus Day Weekend there is an annual craft fair that is located within the park. This is not really a hiking trail but rather a well maintained, groomed walking trail along the gorge. Have done about 6 miles every year. It is a little tricky with the southern entrance to the park being closed, but you can still get good views to all the falls with excellent photo ops.

This trail is a must during the Fall. It is absolutely gorgeous during peak season of Fall foliage, but will be swamped with tons of tourists. Everything is accessible and there's no shortage of beautiful photo opportunities - lots of small waterfalls, free flowing water, small animals, and beautiful scenery.

We did part of its trail! It is amazing.

An amazing place to visit and hike. We hiked many parts of the main trail and the views are spectacular of the canyon and the numerous waterfalls in the park.
Drive to the stops and hike the back trails, you will find some real gems on these hikes. The best falls are the mid falls.

hiking
8 months ago

Letchworth State Park offers so much hiking variety at all skills levels. The views will not disappoint anyone needing a sensory overload. I suggest starting out early morning and plan on hiking all day in various points throughout the park. A map of the park will make the hiking more enjoyable tracking.

This was a solid hike with some very nice views. However the portion of gorge trail from middle to upper falls is closed... so I chose to do somewhat of a "bow-tie" route.

I parked in the lot where you go for rafting. Proceeded to lower falls and went down the staircase to the bridge, and also the lookout point closest to lower falls. I suggest going to the "restricted" area once you're near lower falls because it gets close to the falls and you feel quite a bit of mist from the lower falls.

I then proceeded back up to the gorge trail and headed toward middle falls. Then turned around and came back to where I started (the first loop of the bow-tie) This was 5 miles.

I then hiked to big bend lookout point, before returning to my starting point. This portion of the bow tie was also 5 miles (totaling 10 miles).

I would definitely do this hike again, the views are terrific!!

hiking
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

My girlfriend and I had a great time on the trails and at the falls. Camp grounds were nice and neighbors pleasent. I recommend this park to all because it has something for everyone. Enjoy folks, she's a beauty!

hiking
9 months ago

If you park by the state park police and walk right back you will have two great shots for photos of the gorge

1. This is not a typical hike, but mostly walk on a paved / stairs path.
2. Amazing views, and many places to sit watch the view and connect to nature.
3. Park train #7 (leads to the higher falls) is closed at least till the end of 2017 - it means you start the at the green point - go south west till the mid-falls, and then go back because the path is closed. Then you continue to go (it is mostly down the hill with many steps) until you get to a bridge crossing the gorge. Past that point most of the hike (until you get to trail#7 and realize it is closed) is in a forest up the hill without to much view of the canyon. My recommendation - until trail#7 is open - once you get to the bridge - go back. I wasted 2 extra hours trying to find a bypass for the closure - unsuccessfully

many beautiful views. the trail was very technical with amazing climbs and descents. my main gripe is the sketchy creek crossings. After you get past the lean to, there are several creek crossings which need to be navigated off the bike. This factor ruins the flow and saps the strength of the rider. all in all it was a pretty epic ride. And watch out for coydogs. I heard several in close proximity to the trail.

Agree with everyone who said this is more of a walk than hike. If the weather is nice would be fun with continuous, amazing views. If youre feeling like a bum, or its a rainy day, you can easily drive to all the observation points and not miss anything either. Park is well maintained with plenty of benches, shelters, picnic tables, parking areas and rest rooms, worth the 10 dollars cash to get in! The nature center was great too!

Stunning and a very easy hike. My friends and I loved this one. Waterfalls are enormous and powerful. We went in May but I must go back in the fall to see the changing leaves.

One of the Best trails in Western NY !!! It has 3 of the most beautiful waterfalls in NY alone. The trails can be quite challenging and can be lengthy depending on how much you want indulge. Its been awhile since I've hiked there (I can't believe I haven't written a review yet) but I have to say that Letchworth is my overall favorite so far. The most beautiful in the spring and breathtaking in the fall with its autumn foliage. The gorge is picturesque and almost unreal. The longest hike I've done in one day is 14 miles... I went out 7 miles and did a turnaround. The trail goes through a small town in Wyoming County. Last time I was there it had a few antique shops and a mom and pop diner... not sure if its still there. Theres also a ice cream shack nearby on the main road (definitely worth the trip. I haven't fished there but theres plenty of it. A great location for couples and families. I also did the whitewater rafting one summer ... Fun Fun Fun !!! Haven't done the hot air ballon but I hear the overhead view is breathtaking. If you're ever that way, you gotta go check it out, even if its only to watch the waterfalls. One of the best hikes in NY.

Love this park! So much to see!

You have to pay cash in order to enter the park. Aside from that it was a beautiful area to hike and the trail was well marked. We saw some deer along the way. The trail is long and we started at the northern side for about 3 miles and headed back. There are a few mini gorges along the trail.

Great and fairly easy trail with minimal elevation gain. Where there is elevation gain, there are stairs. We opted to park one car at the end and drive
To the beginning. In total, it was about 8 miles point to point (we strayed off the trail a bit towards the lower falls area for good views). There are extraordinary views of the gorge. We finished this in about 4 hours with stops along the way.

Great park. Good hiking on all trails. Awesome views. All around one of my favorite parks in upstate

The Letchworth Trail runs along the east side of the gorge and offers a great hiking experience. There are a coupe lean to's along the trail for overnight camping as well. The parking area is on the Visitor Center Rd with very nice overlooks of the gorge the first 3 miles of the trail, there are multiple access points along River Rd as well. Excellent views of the falls can be seen at the most southern end of the trail, but because of work on the trestle the trail is closed in this area for summer of 2017. Please note that most of the photos and reviews attached here to this trail are of Letchworth State Park and not of The Letchworth Trail. This is one of my favorite trails in the WNY area to hike.

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