Mt Morris

56 reviews

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.