Letchworth State Park-The Grand Canyon of the East

Letchworth State Park comprises 14,350 acres, approximately 1 1/2 miles wide and 17 miles long, following the course of the Genesee River. The walls of the gorge are layers of shale, limestone, and sand that rise up to 600 ft. in height.

can you imagine this in the fall?


There are three waterfalls at the south end of the park.  The Upper Falls, a 50 ft. drop over a horseshoe bend, making them a little hard to see, but can be seen from the Portage Bridge.


P1000301 (3)The Middle Falls are within easy walking distance from the Upper, and they are the tallest (107 ft.) and the most picturesque.


The Lower Falls are a bit further downstream and have the shortest drop (70 ft.)


You have to climb down 127 steps to get the best view, but it’s totally worth it. There’s a stone footbridge just below the falls.



The best overlooks are Tea Table, Great Bend, Archery Field, and Inspiration Point.  And of course, the Falls.

There is also a nice visitor’s center/gift shop and a cool, interactive nature center with a butterfly garden.

732acf45-de19-46d8-a261-ef16cbccd9a6-5911-0000039bbf617240The huge campground with 8 loops is at the north end of the park, about 14 miles from the waterfalls and overlooks.  Sites are mostly shaded back-in with either 30A or 50A, no water or sewer.  Most sites are a good size with decent separation and privacy.  Feels like you are camping in a beautiful forest.  Just be aware that dogs are only allowed in Loops 100, 200, and 700.  The campground also offers camp store, rec building, several playgrounds, and on-site laundromat.

Finger Lakes, NY

We stayed at Sampson State Park, a lovely, huge park on the eastern shore of Seneca Lake in the Finger Lakes Region, north central New York.  The location was perfect for day trips to the other state parks in the area, including Watkins Glen and Taughannok Falls.   As in the other NY parks, the sites are electric only but camping in one, allows free access to the others.  The Finger Lakes area is beautiful and there is no end of wineries and breweries.

Watkins Glen: a magical place with steps, steps, and more steps, but a big payoff-19 waterfalls


This State Park is the most famous of all of the Finger Lakes Parks.  The most popular trail, the Gorge Trail, runs over, under, and along the park’s 19 waterfalls by way of bridges and more than 800 stone steps.  We were disappointed that part of the trail was closed due to recent flooding and only were able to hike about half way.  However, it was still such a magical place, where you imagine seeing fairies or elves!





Playing around with aperture settings!



Taughannok Falls

Another day trip to Taughannok Falls, the tallest free-falling waterfall east of the Mississippi.  With a drop of 215 ft. drop, it’s 33 ft. taller than Niagara, but a much smaller volume of water.   It’s an easy hike to the base of the falls, so Rick was able to join us!



We treated ourselves to delicious homemade ice-cream at Cayuga Lake Creamery.  They also make their own waffle cones.  Yum!

About a year before we headed out on our FT journey, I started following blogs of RVer’s travels.  That’s where I discovered so many beautiful places I had never heard of….like the Finger Lakes Area.

I’m learning photography so my photos are not as good as some and my writing style does not have the wit and humor of others, but hope my post will be helpful and inspire you to visit this wonderful place!

Until next time……

13 thoughts on “Letchworth State Park-The Grand Canyon of the East”

  1. Love your pics and commentary on the places you visit. Keep up the good work, but omit putting yourself down in any way. There are always plenty of others in life willing to take care of that task for you.

    On Wed, Aug 29, 2018 at 4:27 PM We are the Millers + Rick wrote:

    > millertime1954 posted: “Lethworth State Park comprises 14,350 acres, > approximately 1 1/2 miles wide and 17 miles long, following the course of > the Genesee River. The walls of the gorge are layers of shale, limestone, > and sand that rise up to 600 ft. in height. There are thr” >


  2. More of places I visited with my geology class way back in the 70’s. Thanks for reminding me of how beautiful NY can be. Never apologize for your pictures or writing, we all do it differently and shouldn’t compare ourselves to others. I want ice cream now… thanks 🙂


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