Letchworth State Park, referred to as the Grand Canyon of the East. 14,350 acres of scenic magnificence along the Genesee River, steep-walled gorge with three major waterfalls, one of which is 107 feet high. Each year the river cuts deeper into the dramatic cliffs, some of which approach 600 feet in height.
A multi-faceted park, Letchworth offers opportunities for a wide variety of interest. Millions of years of geological history can be observed in the rock formations exposed by erosion. The region’s rich heritage of the Seneca Indians is well-documented in the park with displays, a restored Seneca Council House and the grave of Mary Jemison.
Letchworth offers many leisure time pursuits. Cabins and campsites, swimming pool, picnic areas, museum, Glen Iris Inn, and restaurant (great for lunch). In addition there are many fishing areas, an inviting multi-use trail network , whitewater rafting, kayaking, special events and festivals and guided walks and tours. Winter activities include snow tubing, cross-country skiing and guided ski hikes, and snowmobiling.
History in the Park.
1. In 1859, Mr. William Pryor Letchworth first purchased the Glen Iris Inn and surrounding 1000 acres. Over the next fifty years, Mr. Letchworth would develop the Glen Iris and ground into the picturesque setting that is now the centerpiece of Letchworth State Park. In 1907, Mr. Letchworth deeded his estate to the State of New York.
2. The William Pryor Letchworth Museum houses a collection relating to the Indian and pioneer history of the Genesee Valley as well as archeological and natural history displays. The museum itself was built in 1912 to expand the original Museum which was built in 1898.
Letchworth State Park is about an hour and 15 minutes South-East from Clarence and the Asa Ransom House Country Inn through beautiful rolling hills and farm country. Entrances are located at Mount Morris, Perry, Castile, Portageville. For more information on the Park , 585-493-3600 or visit www.nysparks.com . Information on Asa Ransom House 800-841-2340 or www.asaransom.com