Letchworth State Park, renowned as the "Grand Canyon of the East," is one of the most scenically magnificent areas in the eastern U.S. The Genesee River roars through the gorge over three major waterfalls between cliffs--as high as 600 feet in some places--surrounded by lush forests.
Perry is an ideal year-round gateway to Letchworth. The Perry entrance to the Park - just two miles from downtown - puts you in the center of Letchworth Park, directly across from the campground entrance. A few miles south to the overlooks, trailside lodge and Glen Iris Inn; a few miles north to the Mt Morris Dam and Highbanks recreation area (where the Letchworth Arts & Crafts Show and Sale is held anually on Columbus Day Weekend). From mid-June through September, a Saturday trip combining a morning at Perry Farmers' Market with an afternoon at Letchworth Park is a popular combination.
Letchworth offers nature, history and performing arts programs, guided walks and tours, a summer lecture series, whitewater rafting, kayaking, hot air ballooning and a pool for swimming. Winter activities include ice skating, snow tubing, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and horse-drawn sleigh rides.
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.
- Visitor Center, 585-493-3600.
- Hours: open 6am - 11pm every day.
Vehicle use fee: $8 per car; $35 for non-profit, tax-exempt, non-commercial buses and $75 for commercial buses.
Letchworth is a Carry-In/Carry-Out State Park with no garbage receptacles in picnic grounds and other day use areas. Household pets only; caged or on a leash not more than 6 feet.
Letchworth State Park Photo Gallery
For more information, see:
Many beautiful images may be found on the photo-sharing site Flickr.com, at
Books & Information
For books about the park, try this bibliography.
Many of these books and other information about Letchworth is available at the Glen Iris and other park shops, Burlingham Books in downtown Perry (in the store and online), and various local stores.