LETCHWORTH STATE PARK
Overlooking the Middle Falls of the Genesee
River, the Glen Iris Inn is surrounded by the
natural beauty of Letchworth State Park, the
"GRAND CANYON OF THE EAST".
The real story of the Glen Iris Inn began in 1859 when Mr.
William Pryor Letchworth first purchased the
building and surrounding 1000 acres. Over the
next fifty years, Mr. Letchworth would develop
the Glen Iris and the grounds into the picturesque
setting that is now the centerpiece of Letchworth
SENECA COUNCIL HOUSE
In 1907, Mr. Letchworth deeded his estate to the
State of New York. As part of an ongoing
program, the interior of the Inn has been restored,
and the exterior repainted in the colors of the
1890's. The landscape is currently under study so
the grounds can be restored to their original
Today William Pryor Letchworth's home is open
seven days a week for fine dining and overnight
accommodations from Good Friday to the end of
October. In addition to enjoying the spectacular
view of the middle falls, guests will appreciate the
Inn's library and Victorian Gift Shop. For more
information call 716-493-2622.
Today, Letchworth State Park comprises 14,350 acres of
scene magnificence along the Genesee River, just
35 miles south of Rochester, New York. The
precipitous walls of the Genesee Gorge, the river
winding below, the plunge and spray of dramatic
waterfalls, and the lush forest all contribute to
make the park one of the most notable examples
of waterfall and gorge scenery in the eastern
Within the park, the Genesee River
roars over 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. Letchworth may be entered in Mt.
Morris, Perry, Castile or Portageville.
On a ridge behind the Glen Iris Inn stands a
restored Seneca Indian Council House and the
grave of Mary Jemison, a reminder of the region's
turbulent history. The log structures located here
were preserved by Mr. Letchworth as part of his
ongoing endeavor to preserve the Seneca culture.|
Letchworth offers numerous leisure time pursuits.
There are cabins, campsites, swimming pools,
fishing areas, winter sport facilities, a Museum
and hiking trails. Letchworth boasts two
restaurants, fine dining at the Glen Iris Inn, and
casual dining at the Lower Falls Restaurant. Snack
bars are conveniently located throughout the park.|
The park has 270 electric camp sites at the
Highbanks Tent and Trailer Area. Amenities
include bathroom/shower buildings, camp store,
laundry, and recreation hall. The camping area is
open mid-May to mid-October. A primitive group
camping area is located in the Lower Falls area.
Letchworth has 82 cabins ranging from simple
rustic one- room to wood paneled three-room.
All cabins are supplied with stove,
refrigerator, table and chairs. Cabins in area "C" are available year round.
Cabins and Campsites are available by calling the
New York State Camping and Cabin Reservation
System at 1-800-456-2267. All cabins and
campsites at Letchworth can be reserved however
any unreserved sites are available on a first-come
Online Reservations can be made at:
Letchworth offers nature, history and performing
arts programs, guided walks and tours, summer
lecture series, camper recreation programs,
whitewater rafting and kayaking, hot air
ballooning and horseback rides. Special events
include Stone Tool Technology Show, Letchworth
Arts and Crafts Show. Winter activities include
cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, and snow
Bring your best walking-shoes when visiting Letchworth State Park!|
This is one magnificent park! Noted as the "Grand Canyon of the East", it lives up to its name. The mighty Genesee River roars through the property, and with it, the best scenery imaginable.
With Letchworth Park's History, it is an interesting place to tour, picnic, and spend the day.
The campground located in the north end of the park is clean, and boasts spacious camp sites. The rustic cabins, with many open all year, are great for weekend escapes.
I would definately recommend this park for any camper, tourist, or just a Sunday picnic. There is the Glenn Iris Inn for fine dining, or small banquet gatherings as well.
Information, other than Persnal Review, quoted from the NY State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation brochure.
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