Letchworth State Park is located in New York State approximately an hour and 15 minutes from Buffalo. I do list Letchworth on my What To Do In Buffalo and Niagara Falls even though it is much closer to Rochester, and on the cusp of the Finger Lakes in the Genesee Valley.
Hubby and I decided to go leaf-peeping last Saturday. The I Love NY Leaf Peepers Chart listed the Letchworth State Park as near-peak, so we decided it would be a great weekend for color.
We entered at the Portageville Entrance. The fee for our car was $8, and Max was allowed in as long as he stayed on a 6′ leash outside the car. Mr. Max was in dog-heaven inside Letchworth! There were a ton of well behaved pooches there on Saturday, along with er, Max.
According to the Letchworth State Park website, these are the park specifics:
Letchworth State Park, with some of the most magnificent scenery in the United States, comprises 14,350 acres along the Genesee River. Within the park, the river roars over three major waterfalls, one of which is 107 feet high. The cliffs, created by the river’s path over thousands of years, approach 600 feet.
Our drive-in last Saturday was a little soupy. We were concerned at how foggy Letchworth would be!
Where clear, the drive-in offered some beautiful scenery.
After paying our fee, we parked and headed over to the train trestle and upper falls. Hubby and Max had to wait for me while I got my camera gear situated.
We met a gentleman who told us the trestle is unsafe and slated to come down.
I took plenty of pictures while able to preserve for the future…
Including this picture from quite a distance away!
This is the view from near the trestle.
Hubby and Max took off ahead of me a bit to check out the scenery. Hubby didn’t think that it was worth going down very far. The steps were wet, leaf covered and more suited to a mountain goat than an old lady like me. I highly recommend you bring a walking stick with you to Letchworth. I was able to go up the stairs in less than half the time it took me to go down them because it was easy to see where the steps formed going up. Going down was a bit dicey, especially since I had my camera. If I had had a walking stick, I’d have used that to feel for the edges of each stair.
At one point some kind 20-something-kid said to me, “These stairs are really kicking my ass, how about you!?” And then he proceeded to bound down the next bunch of steps and was out of sight in under a minute. Still, it was the thought that counts.
I was very glad I made the trek down the stairs, however, because I got to see the beautiful Upper Falls up close and unobstructed by leaves, trees and brush.
This was the view when I turned away from the falls.
On the way down (and up) this was a little brook that led to the gorge.
This was the road leading to the middle falls.
Because there were a bazillion cars at the visitor bureau parking lot leaving no room for us, I took pictures of the middle falls from quite a distance away.
This picture shows the upper and middle falls, as well as the train trestle.
The middle falls and a bit of the gorge.
A bit further down the road we pulled over again for more pictures of the gorge.
Some turkey vultures were flying around in the gorge.
Hubby took several photos of falling leaves.
More of the scenic view. Truly beautiful!
If you go to Letchworth this upcoming weekend not only can you enjoy the craft fair, you will probably see the leaves at peak or as near-too peak as possible without actually being there.
Letchworth is just another one of the many reasons why I consider New York State to be one of the Top 3 Most Beautiful States!
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