Letchworth State Park, NY And Waterfall
Note: Before visiting the Park, be sure and check your local travel restrictions as well as those at the Park.
In mid-September, 2018, I was guest of The Finger Lakes Tourism Board at Letchworth State Park. According to the Parks Database, the Park is the 16th most visited Park in New York State with 843,033 visitors in 2017.
If you’re looking for some outdoor fun, then this is a great place to give a try. On the day we went, the weather cooperated by not raining initially, but it was a cloudy day and then at dinner time it rained.
It still did not stop us from enjoying the Park in the short time we had allotted to us though.
On this page you’ll find some photos of the park and its beautiful waterfalls and additional information you can use when visiting the Park.
Website – https://parks.ny.gov/parks/79/details.aspx
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/LetchworthStatePark
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/letchworthstatepark/ – There are some amazing photos here of the Park in different seasons. Check them out.
Twitter – https://twitter.com/letchworthpark
Entrance Fee – You can purchase the Empire Card which gives you access to all the NY State Parks for the year or you may pay a single entry fee when you visit.
1 Letchworth State Park, Castile, NY 14427 in Genesee county.
How To Get Here
The best way to access the park is by a motorized vehicle. The Park is long and narrow, so it’s like driving into a neighborhood. Watch out for deers prancing around, you’re in their home now.
The closest airport is the Rochester International Airport (ROC). The airport is served by the following scheduled service airlines: Air Canada (AC), Allegiant Air (G4), American Airlines (AA), Delta Air Lines (DL), JetBlue Airways (B6), Southwest Airlines (WN) and United Airlines (UA).
Alternately, you can fly into Buffalo, NY (BUF), Elmira/Corning, NY (ELM) or Syracuse NY (SYR).
From Rochester, NY, take the I-390 south to exit 7. It’s about 35 miles. Use a mapping software such as Google Maps for directions.
You can take Amtrak to the Rochester station. Then you would need to rent a car to get to the Park.
Greyhound bus has service to Rochester, Then you would need to rent a car.
Things To Do
There are several different activities to do at the Letchworth State Park. From camping, to hiking, to cycling, to walking, you can do most outdoor activity here or you can just relax and enjoy nature. The Park Service has a comprehensive list of the activities.
I’ve helped you with a few things here:
Visit Mount Morris Dam
This Dam is the first stop as you enter the Park, you can marvel at the Dam from above or you can take a trip into the Dam itself. The Dam was built to protect Rochester from the Genesee River.
There’s even a HUGE chair for you to take photos.
See the Beautiful Gorge
Enjoy The Vegetation
See The Deers
As you drive through the Park, you may see deers as shown below. So drive slowly and obey the posted signs. The ones seen here had just scampered across the main road as we drove along. We caught them feeding on the other side.
See The Waterfalls
Aside from the beautiful gorges, the waterfalls are the star of the Park. You can view these from several areas of the park as well. Remember not to climb on the ledges to “get a better picture”.
There are many hiking trails, just check with the Park Service and use the maps to access the trails. Note that Wifi is not available in the Park nor on the trails. They do have Pay phones around though.
Where To Stay
There are various places to stay in this area, let’s take a look at them.
You can camp on the Park grounds if you prefer camping. You can book a cabin or a campsite and bring your own camping gear. Make your bookings here.
There is a hotel on the property, The Glen Iris Inn. It is not open year round so check your dates.
I stayed at the Country Inn and Suites by Radisson which is just a few minutes by car from the entrance to the Park.
You may also check the search box below to determine.
Where To Eat
You can have a meal at the Glen Iris Inn in their restaurant called Caroline’s, like we did or you can eat in the nearby town and/or take your own food with you.
Please remember the state park rules to clean up after yourself however and don’t feed the animals and observe all posted signs.
Have you been to this Park? How was your experience? Please leave a comment below.