Letchworth State Park Gorge Trail

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Letchworth State Park

Letchworth State Park Gorge Trail is a 14 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Portageville, New York that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 14.0 miles Elevation Gain: 2,106 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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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".

hiking
2 days ago

Good hike! Some parts were along the road or a picnic area but there were lovely views of all 3 of the falls!

hiking
5 days ago

While not incredibly secluded due to its frequent closeness to the road, this trail is still quite lovely. It ties together a lot of the major sites of the park and offers some variety in grade, path, trees, etc. I started at 8:15am to avoid crowds and heat at the Upper/Middle Falls parking lot and had the place to myself. Then I hiked up to the end of the Gorge Trail and past St. Helena’s area. I hopped on another trail there (maybe #13) but it was hot and open and not that interesting so I just headed back. This gorge trail is lovely. I finished by 2:15 with a quick lunch and few snacks and photo breaks. By then, the parking lot and park were full of people. I recommend for a full day’s hike that isn’t overly strenuous. Definitely hike up beyond Upper Falls toward the bridge. Beautiful views and lots of stairs! Not too buggy yet.

hiking
8 days ago

Great trail and some of the most beautiful views around. Very crowded, right now. Went on one of the first warm days in May and people were everywhere. I would love to see this place in the fall, will have to make another visit. The only thing I would say is for people bringing dogs, little dogs in particular the steps near the waterfalls are steep. You may need to help carry your dog.

hiking
9 days ago

Amazing!! There on a Thursday, headed out at 9 am...didn't see people until around noon, started to get busy by 130...great condition!! End of May is the best time to go... not too thick so you can see everything... not buggy... not too crowded.... all the different greens blooming and blossoming is gorgeous! Hike the whole trail. It's fabulous from one end to the other.

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closed
20 days ago

Great trail first 3 miles(upper falls to lower),little boring after that..

hiking
27 days ago

One of the most spectacular hike trails on the east coast!! It definitely deserves its title “The Grand Canyon of the East," Just magnificent !!! I left a bicycle in the parking lot of the Jemison trail which is at the Top of the Gorge Trail and then drove my vehicle down to the St. Helena Picnic parking area at the bottom of the Gorge trail. I then hiked from St. Helena parking area up to the top of Mary Jemison trail parking lot. With additional side trail views total hike was 11.5 miles. I then got on my bicycle and rode down 5.5 miles down Park Road back to St. Helena to pick up my car. This is a moderate trail so many stops for breath taking pictures. Highly recommend you start early the park gets very crowded by noon time very touristy. Pack lots of water, lunch and a good camera you will not be disappointed! Hiked trail 5/3/2020 temp 75 degrees.

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muddy
28 days ago

Always great views- but wouldn’t recommend going until thinhs are reopened. Got there around 9AM and at about noon it was ridiculously crowded so we headed out. Beautiful just too busy right now.

Trail is in great condition. Not too busy and easy enough to social distance except for perhaps the upper falls area.

Set out at 7:30am, didn’t see a soul the four hours I was out. Weather was anything from sunny and warm to windy and chilly. Wolf Creek Glen was especially cool too, as it was eerily cooler and dank from the rest of the hike. Highly recommended.

hiking
7 months ago

Good trail, a little wet and muddy in some spots. Pretty crowded, great views.

hiking
7 months ago

October 24th 15c sun/cloud End of Fall colour but still beautiful Lots of flat wide trail. Easy to walk. Some area is walk on road. Most of view point could access by car Trail is close to roads. Easy hike.

hiking
7 months ago

Started at Lower Falls and hiked up to the bridge — great hike but it was very crowded with people around Inspiration Point, Middle, and Upper Falls. Took us about 3 hours, 6 miles total.

Trail 13 off the main road, small parking area and easy trail leads straight down to the water. Stunning view and very little people.

hiking
7 months ago

A great hike up to the railroad bridge. You can’t walk over the bridge but you do get some fine views. Look for rainbows in the gorge when the sun shines. Enjoy the hike.

hiking
7 months ago

Amazing waterfall and very well designed path

hiking
8 months ago

Letchworth is a fantastic park overall and the Gorge trail provides an ‘edge of the gorge’ experience with lots of ups and downs and well as points to enter and exit if you prefer to break up the hike. The gorge is spectacular and the incredible views from the trail are around every corner. Will definitely be back to do it again!

hiking
rocky
8 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

Gorge Trail was very disappointing due to being very close to the road and what seemed to me to be an extraordinary amount of manicured lawns getting mowed. We found the park-provided map to be the worst we’ve experienced in the NY State Park system, and the blazing on trails - except Gorge - to be equally bad. Be aware that large portions of the Gorge Trail seem more like a rim trail in other parks - high, high above the river and valleys. The waterfalls are spectacular as are the vistas. If you can stay for hot air balloon departures (field between Middle and Upper Falls when we visited mid-September 2019), you won’t be disappointed. One of the balloons we watched literally took off and up, then came down and skimmed the river right over Middle Falls!!! Glen Iris Inn gladly welcomes dogs and owners to enjoy a drink and light fare menu on the Adirondack chairs along the front porch. The restaurant personnel couldn’t have been kinder to my hounds than they were.

Pretty views of the canyon but no way to cross to the other side. Only bridge is for trains.

hiking
9 months ago

Tail 19 at Gibson hamlet Loops to trail 19a

Long moderate trail, beautiful views amazing scenery. this park is a must see !! The waterfalls are just mesmerizing. For people who love hiking quietly this trail might be a bit to close to the road. We walked for about 4 hours but we stopped many times for pictures. Highly recommended.

hiking
9 months ago

first time on the 14 mile loop, on the way back we took a detour on the road walking and cut off about 3 miles of trails we had already seen

hiking
10 months ago

Letchworth Trail

hiking
10 months ago

Enjoyed waking through the Grand Canyon of the East. Definitely would visit again in the fall to capture the fall foliage

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful place to visit and very well kept.

11 months ago

We were camped only a short walk to meet the trail, then took a group of mixed age and experience youth on the trail. Very enjoyable and doable.

hiking
muddy
Sun Apr 28 2019

Park site lists this trail (Trail 1- pink) as closed but it was entirely usable as of this weekend. No fallen rocks/trees, no trail damage even with rain and light snow that morning. Just some mud. This trail is a paved and maintained trail/walkway along the rim of the canyon with overlooks that put you next to/over the Upper, Middle, and Lower falls as well as the Inspiration Point lookout. Portions of the trail go up/down stone steps and along the road. There are beautiful views along the entire trail. Plenty of solitude for us this weekend as it is still chilly and no entrance fees even at park, but this path is accessible to those just stopping off in cars at each overlook so it could be very crowded. The trail from Upper all the way to Lower falls is achievable as a day hike but we broke it up because you will want A LOT of time to take photos and appreciate all the views. We hiked upper to inspiration point and back and then drove to lower falls which worked out well. Overall a beautiful and well maintained trail! That is definitely open despite being off season!

hiking
Wed Apr 17 2019

What an amazing place to experience

hiking
Sun Dec 02 2018

Truly a breathtaking piece of paradise. A place with so many hidden gems even away from the main parts of the park. Must visit for any outdoor lover !

Sun Nov 18 2018

Stunning. Hiked it in the snow and although that made it cold and wet it was still awesome.

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