Hike the Gorge Trail in Letchworth State Park

New York Gorge Trail (Portage Entrance)

Added by Rebecca Nichols

Voted the #1 State Park in the Nation by USA Today's Readers Choice in 2015.

There are over 66 miles of trails to explore at Letchworth State Park; however, the most popular and the one I chose is the Gorge Trail. This trail runs 7 miles from point-to-point passing by three lovely waterfalls. It travels parallel to the main road for the majority of the hike.

You can start at either end or any section between as there are many parking lots throughout the park. I started near the Portageville entrance at the Upper Falls. Most of the trail follows the edge of the Genesee River Gorge. During your hike you will pass by Upper Falls, Middle Falls, Inspiration Point, Lower Falls as well as several picnic areas.

There is a vehicle entrance fee of $8.00 collected from mid-May through mid-October.

Pack List

  • Sturdy Shoe
  • Water/Snacks
  • Camera
  • Snowshoes (Winter)
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Activities:

Camping, Fishing, Hiking, Hunting, Photography, Running, Snowshoeing, Swimming

Skill Level:

Beginner

Season:

Year Round

Trail Type:

Point-to-Point

Distance:

7 Miles

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Features:

Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Handicap Accessible
Picnic Area
River
Romantic
Scenic
Waterfall

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3 months ago

Letchworth State Park

All three waterfalls that you come across are HUGE. Definitely breath taking. I went early October and practically had all of the waterfalls to myself. The state park has a ton of other trails as well and there's beautiful scenery every step you take.

3 months ago

5 months ago

Beautiful trail

Easy trail, beautiful views, perfect for a day of hiking or if you just want to appreciate nature.

5 months ago

7 months ago

A beautiful hike

I started at the Upper Falls and finished the hike at St. Helena. Bring water bottles, will be able to fill the bottles at fountains along trail. Trail moves to the road for a quarter mile or so near the Rafting House. The main attraction is the Falls area, which can be crowded. For more solitude, the trails at the Northern end of the Park are excellent. Pick up a trail map at the Visitor Center or at Highbanks Campground. Highbanks campground has sites with picnic tables, fire rings, a camp store, and bathrooms with showers. Reservations recommended.

7 months ago

10 months ago

Awesome Summertime Hike

The Gorge Trail is an adventure in itself, but, but all of Letchworth State Park is a great day trip destination! Every corner you turn here is picture-worthy, highly recommend.

10 months ago

almost 1 year ago

Great Hikes

Many hiking options here.

almost 1 year ago

Added by Rebecca Nichols

I hike to push my limits both mentally and physically, take in the beauty of the great outdoors, and just to get away from it all. Every chance I get you will find me in the mountains, on a kayak or ending my day by the campfire!

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