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Monday, April 19, 2021

Letchworth State Park

 On our trip to visit family in Buffalo last weekend, we drove to Letchworth State Park on Saturday. This is a long skinny park (17 miles long) in northwestern NY State. It follows the Genesee River which flows north to Lake Ontario.  The park preserves the gorge created by the river.  It's renowned as the Grand Canyon of the East according to the state park site (link here).

[Funny thing is that there's a canyon near Wellsboro, PA that also calls itself the Grand Canyon of the East. We visited there in the summer of 2015 and I wrote this blog post about the park.]

Our first view of the canyon and river was at a dam. We thought the river was flowing left to right because the water was only visible on  the left,


and it looked dry on the right.  Well, north was to our left so it was flowing the other way.  We just couldn't see the river channel below us.


At another overlook we saw the river below.





It was reminiscent of the Grand Canyon.


Several picnic grounds had these stone topped tables.  Aren't they neat?


We took a short walk along the gorge.



And got a better view of the river.


Including a view of these falls. 

We descended to get closer look and were met with the misty spray of the falls in our faces.





13 comments:

Tom said...

...I'm glad that you stopped to enjoy the "Crown Jewel" of this area!

Anvilcloud said...

We may have been to Letchworth quite a long time ago when my parents lived near Niagara and we went to NYS for a few days. We went to some canyon-like park.

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

There wasn’t a lot of spring greenery in the area yet, from your photos, Marcia, but looks like a good hiking spot.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

The waterfalls are gorgeous! WOW! We went to the Grand Canyon of the East a few years ago. I'll have to ask hubby which state it was in! lol Happy Monday!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Hubby said we went to the one in PA! It was amazing...I DO remember that!

Barbara Rogers said...

Great to see, and ponder the dam which isn't holding back anything apparently. Another "Grand Canyon of the East" is near Lumpkin GA, called Providence Canyon. It's the only one of these 3 I've visited...so far!

Fun60 said...

It looks very impressive and good for walking.

Vicki Lane said...

Certainly worth a visit! Thanks for taking us along!

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Kudos to you for moving somewhere new and trying to learn about it in the process.

Tanza Erlambang said...

nice view and good for walking....

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

What a beautiful waterfall and canyon!

My husband and I used to live in New York City and in my 60th year, eight years ago, we moved west to Colorado to be closer to our children and grandchildren who settled here. We have enjoyed our new state and learning new things. It's invigorating to live somewhere new!

Shiju Sugunan said...

Quite impressive! I like the views especially the waterfalls.

Cynthia said...

Love the views and those stone tables. It’s going to be beautiful when the leaves come out. You’ll have to stop back.