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Positioned between the villages of Perry and Nunda, and the towns of Leicester and Mount Morris, Letchworth State Park is one of the Empire State’s most beautiful parks. Covering 14,427 acres with Genesee River splitting the park, the place is often referred to as the "Grand Canyon of the East."
Home to lush forests, cliffs, waterfalls, and scenic hiking paths, the park is a favorite nature retreat for adventurers. Letchworth attracts visitors from all over the country and offers a vast area to explore, as well as engaging activities and opportunities to learn about nature and wildlife. To truly appreciate this New York gem, go for a hot air balloon ride and take photos from a bird’s eye view.
If whitewater rafting, kayaking, horseback riding, hiking, and biking are your thing, don't hesitate to book an RV rental in Leicester and enjoy one of the most amazing RV camping experiences New York has to offer.
The park offers a year-round program of activities and educational opportunities. Those camping at Letchworth State Park can participate in various tours and learn about wildlife, geology, and ecology. These education programs are popular with schools and families camping at Letchworth State Park, offering kids a fun, valuable learning experience.
RV camping at Letchworth State Park during the winter gives you the chance to go sledding and cross-country skiing, whereas during the summer, whitewater rafting and hot air balloon rides are some of the favorite activities for visitors. The multi-use hiking trail network covers 66 miles and welcomes hikers, bikers, and horseback riders as well as skiers in the winter.
Hunting is another popular activity at Letchworth State Park. Hunters will need to acquire a state permit and fill out an application which will allow them to hunt in the park’s designated zones. The game is usually turkey or deer (depending on the season). Bow hunting is also permitted.
RV camping at Letchworth State Park is one of the best ways to spend your holiday. The park’s 250-plus campsites are well-equipped with picnic tables and other amenities, and even allow up to two pets, as long as they are kept on a leash. The campsite length varies from 40 to 50 feet, and some sites offer 30-amp and 50-amp electric hookups.
A dump station and showers are available for campers. Other amenities near the campsites include playing fields, pavilions, and a swimming pool. Raccoons, foxes, and skunks are common in the park, and overnight guests should keep their food stored securely in a vehicle or animal-proof container.
You can reserve your site online or by phone, but be sure to review the campground’s rules and regulations before booking.
Mount Morris campers have the opportunity to attend several events at the park throughout the year, depending on the season. Guided nature walks, educational programs, and birdwatching events are just part of the park’s regular events schedule, so be sure to check the calendar to see what’s on during your stay.
RV camping at Letchworth State Park also provides a good opportunity to pay a visit to Livingston County Historical Society Museum, where you can see The Big Tree of the Genesee, Native American artifacts, Civil War memorabilia, and folk art.
Glen Iris Inn is another location of historic importance situated on a cliff above Middle Falls. The inn is the former home of William Pryor Letchworth, the founding father of the state park. Glen Iris Inn is now remodeled and serves as a hotel. The inn is part of the state park and a must-see for anyone interested in architecture or local history.
Letchworth State Park is also the resting place of Mary Jemison, who has quite an extraordinary story. In 1758, French soldiers captured Jemison and some of her family members. Jemison, later nicknamed “The Old White Woman of the Genesee,” was then sold to a Seneca tribe and lived much of her life with them. Campers at Letchworth State Park have the opportunity to learn all about her life while they're here.
When your Letchworth State Park adventure has run its course, you’ll find gas stations on all sides of the park, in Perry, near Silver Lake, and down Mt. Morris Road. You’ll also find various restaurants in the near vicinity of these gas stations, including pizzerias, Chinese restaurants, and burger joints. General stores are also available in Perry.