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Letchworth State Park, Castile

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Letchworth State Park is a 14,427-acre (5,838 ha) New York State Park located in Livingston County and Wyoming County in the western part of the State of New York. The park is roughly 17 miles (27 km) long, following the course of the Genesee River as it flows north through a deep gorge and over several large waterfalls. It is located 35 miles (56 km) southwest of Rochester and 60 miles (97 km) southeast of Buffalo, and spans portions of the Livingston County towns of Leicester, Mount Morris and Portage, as well as the Wyoming County towns of Castile and Genesee Falls.

In 1859, Buffalo industrialist William Pryor Letchworth (1823–1910) began purchasing land near the Middle Falls, and started construction of his Glen Iris Estate. In 1906 he bequeathed the 1,000-acre (4 km2) estate to New York, which soon after became the core of the newly created Letchworth State Park. The park prominently features three large waterfalls – the Upper, Middle, and Lower Falls – on the Genesee River, which flows within a deep gorge that winds through the park. The rock walls of the gorge, which rise up to 550 feet (170 m) in places, prompted the area's reputation as the "Grand Canyon of the East".
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  • Didn't even know this existed until I stayed a week at the local KOA. Wow-- beautiful and so far above what I was expecting. I want to come back to this area if nothing else to explore more of this....  more
    Didn't even know this existed until I stayed a week at the local KOA. Wow-- beautiful and so far above what I was expecting. I want to come back to this area if nothing else to explore more of this....  more »
  • Letchworth can be experienced in a car, gentle walks, or hikes. The three waterfalls are the star attractions (upper is most photogenic, middle was our fav, the hike to get to lower is pretty). But... 
    Letchworth can be experienced in a car, gentle walks, or hikes. The three waterfalls are the star attractions (upper is most photogenic, middle was our fav, the hike to get to lower is pretty). But...  more »
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  • You can easily see why this is one of the most beautiful state parks in the entire 🇺🇲. It has great hikes. The middle and upper are fine with kids and elderly folks and you can park and walk from one to the other but the lower falls is a drive then a medium level walk if you're not a regular hiker. The lower falls involves a lot of stairs. It is a carry in carry out park so bring some bags to keep your trash safe till you leave. Cabins looked nice and they have rafting. There are numerous play areas for kids. The views are also breathtaking.
  • My husband and I took our camera to take breathtaking photos of Letchworth State Park. It was our 1st time there. It was amazing. The views are amazing. It's like our very own grand canyon. But way more colorful. Going this time of year brings such vivid colors and it's not too hot or too cold. It was a gorgeous sunny day. We can't wait to go again. It also was one of my mom's favorite places to go.

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