Tuesday, March 19, 2013

The Grand Canyon of the East

Letchworth State Park 
I doubt any one from outside of New York State has heard of Letchworth State Park.  It's a shame more people haven't heard of this natural beauty that's in Americas backyard.

Letchworth State Park is located about 40 miles southwest of Rochester and about 60 miles southeast of Buffalo, New York. The park itself is about 16-18 miles long and covers 14,350 acres of land.

Some of the major attractions at the park are the 3 large waterfalls on the Genesee River. The three major waterfalls are called the Upper, Middle and Lower Falls and they are located in the southern part of the park. The highest waterfall in the state of New York is located at Letchworth Park. There are also 50 other small waterfalls found in the tributaries.

Middle Falls
Letchworth Park got the name "Grand Canyon of the East" because of the gorge formed by the river. Some rock walls reach heights of over 600ft. Hikers can choose from 66 miles of hiking trails that take you to some of the most scenic places on the East Coast.

The park also offers trails for horseback riding, biking, and snowmobiling. If you don't want to go on the trails there are a number of other activities to do. Whitewater rafting, kayaking and hot air ballooning are also available. If you choose to go hot air ballooning make sure you do it in the fall, it is an unforgettable experience.

If you find yourself in New York and you are sick of the city, come visit Letchworth Park. It's only $8 to park, but it's completely free to explore one of the most beautiful sights on the East Coast.

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