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“Looks awesome for camping”

Letchworth State Park
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Castile
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Called the "Grand Canyon of the East," visitors come to this 14,340-acre park to view the dramatic 600-foot cliffs, the famous "Vale of the Three Falls," and to picnic, hike or camp.
Arlington, Virginia
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160 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Looks awesome for camping”
Reviewed April 14, 2014

We stopped here on our way home from Buffalo just to break up the trip and stretch our legs. The park was huge and the facilities were very nice. The waterfalls were running and there was still a large amount of ice throughout the park. The trail to the lower falls was closed due to ice, but were were able to get up close to both the middle and upper falls. There is a nice trail connecting the two falls and it is a very easy walk for just about anyone. I imagine the park is beautiful in the fall.

While we did not camp here, it appears that the park would be excellent for camping given the scenery, abundant hiking trails, and facilities. We wish we lived closer because this park would become one of our regular camping destinations!

Visited April 2014
1 Thank plazb
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Annapolis, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“"The Grand Canyon of the East" does not do it justice...”
Reviewed March 28, 2014

Amazing waterfalls, with lots of walkways along the river and ravine so that you can get close. Incredibly picturesque place--it's hard to believe that it isn't a better known park. Very clean, and big enough to fill a weekend if you really want to explore some amazing scenery.

Visited July 2013
2 Thank Melanie040
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Clarence, New York
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Beautiful park”
Reviewed March 22, 2014

This park is beautiful all year round and clean. I would definitely recommend going in the fall it's just amazing, a little busy but amazing!

Visited November 2013
Thank Marcia H
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17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“more than a days worth... at least a weekend”
Reviewed March 21, 2014

Or maybe enough for a full week! Or return often. The three big falls are great and several smaller ones are very picturesque, like Wolf Creek or Shadow Falls (just a few steps past upper falls it get's missed sometimes). The river gorge is the star of course and you can easily get down to the riverbank - where the kayaks/rafts launch. If you can do stairs (286!) be sure to climb down to the bridge across the gorge/river just below lower falls. There are historic places like the Mary Jemison ('white indian woman of the Genesee') village site and the civil war encampment on the oft ignored west side of the park. Free admission btw on the west side with many trails and views (you can REALLY see Inspiration Falls from this side); it's just outside the Portageville exit to Letchworth Park.
Campsites are too open (especially for tenters) and disappointing, but do try to get a rustic cabin so you can explore the whole park and gorge. You'll need lots of time there.

Visited August 2013
3 Thank orangeogre
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Cowlesville, New York
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30 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Spectacular Views and Serene Walks”
Reviewed March 8, 2014

We love to visit in the Fall and the Winter months.
In the Fall the leaves are simply beautiful. The view up the Gorge from Inspiration point is beautiful as well.
In the winter the ice forms on the falls is a great sight to see. Picture Perfect.
If you like arts and crafts make sure to go to the Letchworth Arts and Crafts Show, held over Columbus Weekend.
The upper part of the park is filled with vendors and displays. Be prepared for a crowd, people come from all over for this show.

Visited February 2014
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