Letchworth State Park in western New York, besides being voted 'Best State Park in the Nation”, is known as the Grand Canyon of the East. I think perhaps somebody has a few delusions of grandeur. That is not to say that this place is not impressive and beautiful, but it might be a little bit of a stretch.
The campground has eight loops in it and if you are traveling with a pet, you are limited to only three loops. Doesn't make too much sense to me because it seems to me that the majority of people are traveling with a pet. I am currently in a pet loop but there is a non pet loop right out my back window. Go figure. This is also the first campground where I have had to produce Miko's rabies certificate. Ohio doesn't let you drink in their campgrounds and New York wants your paperwork all in order. Different priorities I guess.
During the Depression, this park had three CCC work camps and the stone work along the paths is impressive as are all of the buildings. On one of the sites of a work camp, they have a statue and informational signs all telling us about the Civilian Conservation Corps.
Letchworth is a park that is about fourteen miles long. The campground is in the north end and almost everything else you might want to do here is in the southernmost three-four miles. Since the speed limit in the park is only 25 miles an hour, it takes about thirty minutes to get down to the sights. I spent most of my time on the trails and because Miko was with me and not allowed in the buildings, I did not go into the people buildings such as restaurants(yes, this park had sit down restaurants), museums and nature centers. We just stuck to the trails.
The main sights, besides the gorge itself are three waterfalls- Upper, Middle and Lower. Miko and I hiked to each of them, plus a few other trails. I think Miko actually got a little tired hiking. Usually I'm the one giving up.
The rest of this post is going to be nothing but pictures. It was a beautiful place to spend a few days.
|Upper Falls - that is a railroad bridge that they are in the process of replacing.|
|Upper Falls without the bridge - I like it better this way|
Middle Falls - these have a 107 foot drop
|View from Inspiration Point - Middle Falls up front, Upper Falls way up on top|
|Which way should I go? I took the not so easy way which was much more satisfying|
|The only bridge crossing the gorge, built by the CCC|
|Miko looking way way down the gorge|
What a glorious place Letchworth is. Can you imagine what it must look like when the leaves change? Miko and I are the luckiest ever to be able to see this.