1 Letchworth State Park
Castile, NY 14427
Named in 2005 as one of Reserve America's Top Outdoor Locations. Named in 2004 as one of the top 100 campgrounds in the nation.
Located predominantly in the towns of Mount Morris and Portage in Livingston County, the 14,350-acre Letchworth State Park, renowned as the "Grand Canyon of the East," is one of the most scenically magnificent areas in the eastern United States. The Genesee River roars through the gorge over three major waterfalls between cliffs--as high as 600 ft. /182.8 m. in some places--surrounded by lush forests. Hikers can choose among 66 mi./106 km. of hiking trails. Trails are also available for horseback riding and biking. Letchworth offers nature, history, and performing arts programs; guided walks and tours; a summer lecture series; whitewater rafting; kayaking; hot air ballooning; and two pools for swimming. Winter activities include ice skating, snow tubing, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, and horse-drawn sleigh rides.
The historic, completely restored Glen Iris Inn offers overnight accommodations and is open to the public for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Banquet and catering services are available for special events. For professional and organizational retreats, educational and training needs can be met at the Conference Center. Located in a secluded area at the southwest portion of Letchworth State Park, the facility consists of a spacious country lodge room, bedrooms, bathrooms with showers, and a kitchen. This unique historic structure is designed to accommodate the needs of low impact professional and organizational groups for education, training and retreat purposes. It can be rented for day and/or overnight use. It is the perfect place for business retreats. This facility is not designed for overnight family camping, although some family type rentals may be permitted. Call the Park Office to be sure if this or another site will best suit your needs.
For a family type vacation rental experience, the three-bedroom Maplewood Lodge, located in the middle of the park at the entrance to the Highbanks Camping Area, can be rented. Campers can take advantage of tent and trailer campsites or winterized cabins. Group camping facilities are also available. Open year round, the park offers camping from mid-May to mid-October. Pets must be leashed.
Mary Jemison is buried in the park near a restored Seneca Indian Council House. The William Pryor Letchworth Museum houses an extensive and interesting collection of pioneer and early American Indian artifacts.
14,350 acres, 66 mi./106 km. of trails, 2 restaurants, 270 electric campsites, 82 cabins
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Key to Services
C-Boat Launch Sites
J-Empire Passport Accepted
Updated 6 January 2013