I grew up in New York State and have lived here most of my life minus six years I lived in Florida. A few years back my husband and I decided we need to get our children out to explore our beautiful state. The scenery here is breathtaking and there are tons of NYS parks to be seen. Rock City Park is a place we love visiting and during the summer camping at Allegany is a must.
New York State will captivate you with mountain views complete with trees, valleys, farms and views that go on and on. Those that live closer to the city forget about us country people that grew up on farmlands, New York City is just a small part of our gorgeous state.
If you are in the western part of New York State, I HIGHLY recommend a visit to Letchworth State Park.
Letchworth State Park is known as the Grand Canyon of the East with scenery that is unbelievable.
The park has three waterfalls, the upper, middle and lower.
The upper falls is where we began our journey at Letchworth.
We made our way down the trail to the middle falls, not without seeing wildlife first.
The trail you walk down has some beautiful greenery which makes for some great snapshots.
Once we arrived at the middle falls we were in awe.
There were smaller cascades here
but the main attraction was beautiful. Be prepared to get a bit wet by the mist of the falls.
This was definitely my favorite of the three falls because of the shale rock formations found, the sound of the falls, the green of the forest and the beautiful Glen Iris Inn was located here.
In 1914, the first innkeepers began managing the inn. Tons of history there.
From the middle falls, you can see the train bridge that is located on the upper falls as well.
From here we decided to head back to our car to make our way to the lower falls. You can definitely hike but with two children and a puppy we decided hiking wouldn’t be happening all day. When you begin driving there are many scenic overlooks, so be sure to pull over to snap photos, again spectacular views.
Before making our way to the lower falls, we stopped to park and eat. There are several places to eat lunch at but I saved money by packing a picnic lunch for my family. There are tons of picnic areas with the coolest tables ever.
After lunch we headed down to the lower falls on the trails, by foot. There is a steep staircase to go down and back up, so be prepared for that.
The lower falls had views of cliffs, more shale rock and tons of rock formations.
By this time, the kids were really tired and wanted to go home, so we didn’t make our way to the dam.
Letchworth State Park has over 66 miles of hiking trails, cabins for camping, kayaking, hot air balloon rides, biking, museum, swimming pool (wasn’t open yet when we visited) and more for visitors to the park. Look closely at this photo, you can see the people kayaking!
Pets are allowed in cages or on a leash. Admission was $8 per vehicle and is open 6am to 11pm daily.
Letchworth State Park is in the Genesee Region of NYS located at:
1 Letchworth State Park
Castile, NY 14427