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'''Letchworth State Park''' is in western New York State.
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'''Letchworth State Park''' is a large state park on the western edge of the [[Finger Lakes]] region of [[New York (state)|New York]].  The '''Genesee River''' has carved a magnificent gorge through this area, including a series of three waterfalls, earning the park its nickname, '''The Grand Canyon of the East'''.
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==Understand==
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===History===
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Letchworth State Park was carved by the action of the Genessee River.  The river slowly eroded away soft layers of rock, creating a deep gorge with three large waterfalls.  The Seneca Indians called the area Sehgahunda, meaning the "Vale of Three Falls," forming several villages within what are now the park boundaries. Many of the trails in the park today are based on actual Seneca trails, which were used for river access.
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William Pryor Letchworth, a 19th-century [[Buffalo (New York)|Buffalo]] industrialist, liked the view and bought the gorge land for use as a Summer home (Glen Iris).  As his death approached, the elderly Letchworth decided to protect the gorge from hydro-power development by deeding it to the State for use as a park in 1906.
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===Landscape===
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===Flora and fauna===
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===Climate===
  
 
==Get in==
 
==Get in==
Letchworth SP is roughly 60 miles ESE of Buffalo, which is served by several large air-carriers and has a border crossing from Fort Erie, Ontario, Canada.  The park is about 85 miles from Niagara Falls, 55 miles from [[Rochester, New York|Rochester]], and less than an hour's drive from the [[Finger Lakes]] region.
 
  
==Get around==
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Letchworth SP is roughly 60 miles ESE of Buffalo, which is served by several large air-carriers and has a border crossing from Fort Erie, Ontario, CanadaThe park is about 85 miles from [[Niagara Falls (New York)|Niagara Falls]], 55 miles from [[Rochester, New York|Rochester]], and less than an hour's drive from the center of the [[Finger Lakes]] region.
The park is close to Interstate route 390, and is serviced by several state highways of good qualityRoads within the park are all hard-surfaced, with ample parking at major sightseeing points.
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==Understand==
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==Fees/Permits==
Letchworth State Park was carved by the action of the [[Genessee River, New York|Genessee River]].  The river slowly eroded away soft layers of rock, creating a deep gorge with three large waterfalls.  The Seneca Indians called the area Sehgahunda, meaning the "Vale of Three Falls," forming several villages within what are now the park boundaries. Many of the trails in the park today are based on actual Seneca trails, which were used for river access.
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William Pryor Letchworth, a 19th century Buffalo industrialist, liked the view and bought the gorge land for use as a Summer home (Glen Iris)As his death approached, the elderly Letchworth decided to protect the gorge from hydro-power development by deeding it to the State for use as a park in 1906.
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==Get around==
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The park is close to Interstate 390 and served by several state highways of good qualityRoads within the park are all hard-surfaced, with ample parking at major sightseeing points.
  
 
==See==
 
==See==
The primary draw of Letchworth park are the amazing views of the waterfalls.  Glen Iris, Letchworth's mansion, has been preserved as a restaurant, hotel, and gift shop.  A museum facility is located close to the mansion.  A Seneca council house has been preserved on the grounds.
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The primary draws of Letchworth are the amazing views of the waterfalls.  Glen Iris, Letchworth's mansion, has been preserved as a restaurant, hotel, and gift shop.  A museum facility is located close to the mansion.  A Seneca council house has been preserved on the grounds.
  
 
==Do==
 
==Do==
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Hiking and photography are favorite pastimes here.  Picnic facilities and playground equipment are available for families.  270 campsites are available, with outdoor pools and shower facilities.
 
Hiking and photography are favorite pastimes here.  Picnic facilities and playground equipment are available for families.  270 campsites are available, with outdoor pools and shower facilities.
  
 
==Buy==
 
==Buy==
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Gift shops sell items commonly requested by visitors, such as souvenir clothing and camera batteries.
 
Gift shops sell items commonly requested by visitors, such as souvenir clothing and camera batteries.
  
 
==Eat==
 
==Eat==
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The Glen Iris mansion has a formal-dining restaurant, and small snack-bar facilities are located in other areas of the park.  Nearby towns have additional dining options.
 
The Glen Iris mansion has a formal-dining restaurant, and small snack-bar facilities are located in other areas of the park.  Nearby towns have additional dining options.
  
 
==Drink==
 
==Drink==
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Only the Glen Iris restaurant serves alcohol (such as local Finger Lakes wines), with meals.
 
Only the Glen Iris restaurant serves alcohol (such as local Finger Lakes wines), with meals.
  
 
==Sleep==
 
==Sleep==
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270 campsites, 82 cabins, a small motel-style facility, and the Glen Iris Bed & Breakfast rooms (upstairs at the mansion).
 
270 campsites, 82 cabins, a small motel-style facility, and the Glen Iris Bed & Breakfast rooms (upstairs at the mansion).
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===Lodging===
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===Camping===
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===Backcountry===
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===Stay safe===
  
 
==Get out==
 
==Get out==
Letchworth is located within an hour's drive of Buffalo, Rochester, Corning, and the Finger Lakes region.  Many older villages and towns dot the countryside around the park boundaries.  The entire area is hilly with pretty vistas.
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Letchworth is located within an hour's drive of [[Buffalo (New York)|Buffalo]], [[Rochester (New York)|Rochester]], [[Corning (New York)|Corning]], and the [[Finger Lakes]] region.  Many older villages and towns dot the countryside around the park boundaries.  The entire area is hilly with pretty vistas.
  
  
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Revision as of 18:52, 27 August 2009

Letchworth State Park is a large state park on the western edge of the Finger Lakes region of New York. The Genesee River has carved a magnificent gorge through this area, including a series of three waterfalls, earning the park its nickname, The Grand Canyon of the East.

Contents

Understand

History

Letchworth State Park was carved by the action of the Genessee River. The river slowly eroded away soft layers of rock, creating a deep gorge with three large waterfalls. The Seneca Indians called the area Sehgahunda, meaning the "Vale of Three Falls," forming several villages within what are now the park boundaries. Many of the trails in the park today are based on actual Seneca trails, which were used for river access.

William Pryor Letchworth, a 19th-century Buffalo industrialist, liked the view and bought the gorge land for use as a Summer home (Glen Iris). As his death approached, the elderly Letchworth decided to protect the gorge from hydro-power development by deeding it to the State for use as a park in 1906.

Landscape

Flora and fauna

Climate

Get in

Letchworth SP is roughly 60 miles ESE of Buffalo, which is served by several large air-carriers and has a border crossing from Fort Erie, Ontario, Canada. The park is about 85 miles from Niagara Falls, 55 miles from Rochester, and less than an hour's drive from the center of the Finger Lakes region.

Fees/Permits

Get around

The park is close to Interstate 390 and served by several state highways of good quality. Roads within the park are all hard-surfaced, with ample parking at major sightseeing points.

See

The primary draws of Letchworth are the amazing views of the waterfalls. Glen Iris, Letchworth's mansion, has been preserved as a restaurant, hotel, and gift shop. A museum facility is located close to the mansion. A Seneca council house has been preserved on the grounds.

Do

Hiking and photography are favorite pastimes here. Picnic facilities and playground equipment are available for families. 270 campsites are available, with outdoor pools and shower facilities.

Buy

Gift shops sell items commonly requested by visitors, such as souvenir clothing and camera batteries.

Eat

The Glen Iris mansion has a formal-dining restaurant, and small snack-bar facilities are located in other areas of the park. Nearby towns have additional dining options.

Drink

Only the Glen Iris restaurant serves alcohol (such as local Finger Lakes wines), with meals.

Sleep

270 campsites, 82 cabins, a small motel-style facility, and the Glen Iris Bed & Breakfast rooms (upstairs at the mansion).

Lodging

Camping

Backcountry

Stay safe

Get out

Letchworth is located within an hour's drive of Buffalo, Rochester, Corning, and the Finger Lakes region. Many older villages and towns dot the countryside around the park boundaries. The entire area is hilly with pretty vistas.




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