Letchworth State Park is a hidden treasure of the United State’s east coast. It’s located 35 minutes south of Rochester in upstate New York, but is well worth a visit if you’re not from the area. We came across it because we were desperate for a break during our 8 hour drive from Toronto to Manhattan. Jack found a “large patch of green” on google maps which boasted the title of “Best State Park in the USA 2015”. As soon as we read about the state park’s three waterfalls I, safely, swerved off the highway.
My only regret about our visit is that we didn’t have a meal or stay of overnight (or for a week) at the beautiful Glenn Iris Inn. There’s so much to do at the state park: hiking, canoeing, hot air ballooning, swimming, fishing, picnicking, playing with chipmunks, white water rafting, throwing huge logs into the Genesee River and watching them go off the cliff. Oh, and sneaking onto the forbidden train tracks to get a spectacular birds eye view of those three breathtaking waterfalls.
We loved Letchworth State Park for many reasons: the smell, the natural beauty, the lovely locals we spoke with who took great pride and joy in their home town’s state park but, mostly, we loved it because it felt like we were the only two people there.