Trailside Lodge Closure
11/13/23: Trailside Lodge will be closed until further notice for repairs and upgrades. Trailside is still planned to be open by the time winter recreation starts.
Letchworth State Park Winter Closures
11/22/23- Due to the forecasted winter weather, the main park rd. from State Route 19A (Portageville Entrance) north to the Glen Iris will be closed. Additionally, the road from Middle Falls Restroom to Pinewood Lodge will be closed. Trail 1 (Gorge Trail) will be closed from the Glen Iris to Middle Falls and from the trestle to the Upper Falls Parking Lot. The closures will take effect at approximately 8:00am on Wednesday, November 22, 2023.
Letchworth State Park Winter Restroom Availability
The following restrooms remain open during the winter: Inspiration Point, Trailside Lodge, Middle Falls, Highbanks Camping Contact Station, Highbanks Recreation Area South Shelter, and the Dam Overlook public restrooms. Restrooms are also located at the Visitor Center and Humphrey Nature Center during office hours.
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. Hikers can choose among 66 miles of hiking trails. Trails are also available for horseback riding, biking, snowmobiling, and cross-country skiing. Letchworth offers nature, history and performing arts programs, guided walks, tours, a summer lecture series, whitewater rafting, kayaking, a pool for swimming and hot air ballooning. Experiencing Letchworth by hot air balloon is unforgettable, as seen in this video clip.
Winter activities include snow tubing, cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling.
The historic completely restored Glen Iris Inn offers overnight accommodations and is open to the public for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Banquet and catering services are available for your special events.
The Humphrey Nature Center offers year-round environmental education opportunities for school groups, scouts, youth organizations, and the general public. Programming and interactive exhibits highlight the geology, wildlife, and ecology of the park.
In 2015, Letchworth won the USA TODAY Readers' Choice Award for Best State Park in the United States! Letchworth came out on top of the 19 other state parks nominated for the contest, chosen from more than 6,000 parks across the nation.
The Autism Nature Trail (A.N.T.)
The A.N.T. provides a safe and inclusive area for individuals with autism or other related disabilities. The accessible mile long trail hosts eight different sensory stations for individuals and families of individuals to experience and explore nature. For more information visit https://autismnaturetrail.com/
NYS Parks Explorer App
Download the NYS Parks Explorer App from the app store before visiting. Favorite Letchworth State Park in the app to receive updates and also be sure to download the interactive trail map. The map will use your phone's GPS to tell you where you are within Letchworth State Park.
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. This unique historic structure is designed to accommodate the needs of low impact professional and organizational groups for education, training and retreat purposes. It can be rented for the day and/or overnight use. It is the perfect place for your next business retreat. This facility is not designed for overnight family camping, although, some family type rentals may be permitted. Call the Park Office to be sure if this or another site will best suit your needs. For family type vacation rental experiences, the Maplewood Lodge and Parker's Hideaway can be rented.
Maplewood Lodge is located in the middle of Letchworth State Park at the entrance to the Highbanks Camping Area. The facility sleeps up to eight people and consists of a furnished kitchen, a living room with a working fireplace, TV and DVD/BluRay player, a formal dining room and a full-size bath with a shower on the first floor. There are two bedrooms and a powder room upstairs and one small bedroom on the first floor. Linens are not provided. The Maplewood Lodge is available for rental from May through November. Call the main park office at 585-493-3600 for more information.
Parker's Hideaway is a new rental to the park and sleeps six people. The former Civilian Conservation Corps built building located just North of the "C" Cabin Area, on the North end of the park. It has been newly renovated to include new furniture and kitchen amenities. It has air conditioning, televisions in the living room and master bed room, and a breakfast nook. Linens are not provided. This two bedroom and two bath facility is the perfect place to get away from it all. Parker's Hideaway is available for rental from May through November. Call the main park office at 585-493-3600 for more information.
Campers can take advantage of tent and trailer campsites as well as cabins. Group camping facilities are also available.
Letchworth has ten pavilions. Prices range from $50 to $100 and can accommodate 80 to 184 people. Check availability at ReserveAmerica.com
Pet Policy: A maximum of two pets are allowed in campsites 100, 200, 700 and 800, Cabin Area C and day use areas unless prohibited by sign or directive (not allowed in cabins A, B, D and E or camping loops 300, 400, 500 and 600). Pets are to be supervised at all times and either be crated or on a leash not more than 6-feet in length. Proof of rabies inoculation shall be produced if requested by staff. Pets are not permitted in playgrounds, buildings, golf courses, boardwalks, pools and spray-grounds or guarded beaches (this does not apply to service animals).
Cabins: Available from April - mid-November. C-Cabins available until December.
*Please note within the camping season time frame, some loops/sites may open later or close earlier. For more details, please call the park or visit http://www.newyorkstateparks.reserveamerica.com
Park Operated Room/Location Rentals:
The Genesee Conference Center: Year Round
Maplewood Lodge: May - November
Parker's Hideaway: May - November
Call Park Office at (585) 493-3600 for more information.
Glen Iris Inn Operated Room/Location Rentals:
Stone House: Year Round
The Chalet House: Year Round
Caroline's Cottage: Year Round
Pine Wood Lodge: April - November
Call the Glen Iris at (585) 493-2622 for more information.
Most New York State Parks charge a vehicle use fee to enter the facility. Fees vary by location and season. A list of entry fees and other park use fees is available below. For fees not listed or to verify information, please contact the park directly.
The easy-to-use Empire Pass card is $80- and your key to all-season enjoyment with unlimited day-use entry at most facilities operated by State Parks and the State Dept. of Environmental Conservation including forests, beaches, trails and more. Purchase online or contact your favorite park for more information. Learn more about our Admission Programs including the Empire Pass.
*Out of state resident fee for camping, per night: $5
Per night: daily rate is 1/4 the weekly charge
Per week: $132-$568
*Out of state resident fee for camping, per night: $7
Firewood source maps show a 50-mile radius from which untreated firewood may be moved to this campground. For more information see firewood restrictions.
Highlights of Letchworth State Park:
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For more information, please read our Trail Tips!
Ask a Naturalist!
Q: Does Letchworth State Park have any significance for birds?
A: Letchworth has been designated as a Bird Conservation Area. More than twenty species of wood warblers regularly nest in Letchworth State Park every year and twenty-five species have nested in the southern seven square miles of the park in a single year, perhaps the best concentration in the world.
Q: Does Letchworth State Park have any significance for trees?
A: Fifty species of trees have been located in a 25-acre virgin forest within the Portage Canyon below Inspiration Point, perhaps the most diverse forest of this size at this latitude in the entire world.
Did You Know?
- DID YOU KNOW? Black squirrels (like the ones seen at Letchworth) are gray squirrels that have an extra pigment gene called melanin, which causes their black coloration.
- DID YOU KNOW? Great Blue Herons nest in a community high up in the trees called a rookery.
- DID YOU KNOW? The no-mow zones throughout the middle of the park are not only a reduction in equipment and gas use, but also a conservation effort to promote vegetation growth and habitat.
The Letchworth BCA is located within Letchworth State Park. The 17 mile long park lies along the Genesee River. The river has carved a gorge though the middle of the park that is as deep as 550 feet in some places earning it the nickname, "Grand Canyon of the East". Evaluation of the BCA criteria for designation has shown that most of the Park qualifies as a BCA. Letchworth State Park is a National Audubon Society Important Bird Area.
Open water below the Mt. Morris dam may attract in excess of 2,000 Canada Geese in winter. There are several Great Blue Heron rookeries in the BCA with a total of over 100 nests. Of 75 species of Neotropical migratory songbirds, 64 are found in the BCA; of these 46 are confirmed breeders (plus 3 rare breeders). The BCA supports suites of birds associated with forest, rivers and shrub habitats. All of the forest, grassland and shrub/scrub species for which we have high regional responsibility are found here including breeding Sharp-shinned Hawk, Black-billed Cuckoo, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Wood Thrush, Cerulean Warbler, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Baltimore Oriole, Killdeer, Bobolink, Eastern Meadowlark, American Woodcock, Willow Flycatcher, Brown Thrasher, Blue-winged warbler, Golden-winged Warbler, Eastern Towhee and Field Sparrow. More than 30 species of warblers have been recorded in the park with 25 confirmed breeders. There are an estimated 534 pairs of Hooded Warblers and 110 pairs of Mourning Warbler. This is one of the few sites in upstate New York with breeding Yellow-breasted Chats. Winter roosts of 15-20 Turkey Vultures have been confirmed. As many as 200 Turkey Vultures may be observed on a single day in the summer. State listed birds confirmed as breeders in the park include threatened Bald Eagle and Special Concern Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper's Hawk, Northern Goshawk, Red-shouldered hawk, Red-headed Woodpecker, Golden-winged Warbler, Cerulean Warbler, Vesper Sparrow and Grasshopper Sparrow. Species that exceeded the IBA species at risk threshold are American Woodcock, Willow Flycatcher, Wood Thrush, Blue-winged Warbler, Cerulean Warbler, Canada Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat and Rusty Blackbird.
Key BCA Criteria:
- Waterfowl concentration site
- Wading bird concentration site
- Migratory concentration site
- Diverse species concentration site
- Individual species concentration site
- Species at risk site
Download a copy of the BCA map.