The spectacular Genesee River Gorge in Upstate New York is home to Letchworth State Park and its 176-foot waterfall, sometimes known as the "Grand Canyon of the East." This waterfall at Letchworth State Park is just as impressive as Niagra Falls. The natural beauty of this New York state park is unparalleled. Here the Genesee River thunders over towering cliffs, down picturesque cascades, and through a verdant Upstate forest. Letchworth State Park, sometimes referred to as the "Grand Canyon of the East," is a breathtaking natural wonder that you just must see in order to believe.
With its 14,350 beautiful acres, this state park is home to some of the country's most breathtaking gorges and waterfalls. There is a 40-foot waterfall called the Upper Falls that drops into the river just downstream from a railroad bridge. In this canyon, the Genesee River plunges over three enormous waterfalls and is flanked by towering cliffs (up to 600 feet in height) and verdant woodlands. There are 66 miles of paths for hikers to explore. Riding, bicycling, snowmobiling, and cross-country skiing trails are also accessible. Nature, history, and performing arts activities, as well as guided walks, tours, a summer lecture series, whitewater rafting, kayaking, a pool, and hot air ballooning, are all available in Letchworth.