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Letchworth State Park

Castile, Wyoming County

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Renowned as the "Grand Canyon of the East," Letchworth State Park is one of the most scenically magnificent areas in the eastern U.S. The Genesee River roars through a deep gorge and over three major waterfalls between 550-foot cliffs surrounded by lush forests. With open water drawing thousands of waterfowl, forests sheltering high concentrations of migratory birds, and several great blue heron rookeries, Letchworth has earned designations as a state Bird Conservation Area, as well as an Audubon Important Bird Area.

Wildlife to Watch

  • Red fox
  • Woodchucks
  • Coyotes
  • White-tailed deer
  • Cerulean warblers
  • Henslow's sparrows
  • Bald eagles

Where to Watch

  • Nature trails
  • Equestrian trails
  • Overlooks (waterfalls)
  • Foot paths

Recreational Opportunities

  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Equestrian trails
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Snowmobiling
  • Camping
  • Hunting
  • Fishing
  • Visitors center and museum

Accessible Features

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This site has many accessible features, including trails and cabins. A full list of DEC's accessible recreation destinations is available on the DEC website.


14,500 acres


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Contact Information


Address: 1 Letchworth State Park, Castile, NY 14427

Website: Letchworth State Park (This link leaves DEC's website)

Photo credits: DEC, John Rozell, Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation