Letchworth Park
New York, USA
July 2002

Letchworth State Park is sometimes called the "Grand Canyon of the East." Although the nickname exaggerates its scale, this 22-mile long segment of the Genesee River is nonetheless a place of great scenic beauty.

It contains three major canyons and two valleys. The middle canyon, the Great Bend Gorge, is up to 550 feet deep. The Portage Canyon, located at the southern end of the park, contains three major Genesee waterfalls. Middle Falls, a 107-foot cascade, is lighted nightly until 11. The walls of the 17-mile gorge reach heights up to 600 feet, offering views of the river and the surrounding area.

The park is named for William Pryor Letchworth, who purchased the core of the park to preserve it. He built a home, Glen Iris, overlooking the 107-foot Middle Falls. He later gave his land to New York State for use as a park. That land forms the core of the current park. Later additions have increased the park to over 14,000 acres. The current park contains the entire Letchworth gorge, and stretches from Mt. Morris to Portageville.