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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 northwestern 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, 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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  • I grew up in NY and had never heard of this place. I read about it online and had to make a visit. It was well worth it! I wish we had more than a night and day to explore. I definitely want to...  more »
  • Stayed right in the park (Stone House) so we didn't have to leave for 5 days. And we did not! Awesome views of the falls and canyon!  more »
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  • This park was breathe taking. We went for a weekend get away and just loved everything about the entire area. The trails were challenging (which is what we like when were hiking)😎👍👍 We hiked about 13 miles in there!! The scenery was stunning. The waterfalls were amazing. It was worth the $10 entry fee. We drove all the way through to visit the little town at end of park called Mt. Morris. It was a very charming little town. Would definitely go back there!!
  • Wonderful place. Beautiful nature at it’s best. Landscape you find is completely different. Loved it. Trails are really nice. I should have planned for longer stay their, need to ho back there to stay in a cabin near the fall trail. One of the must visit place in New York state park.......
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