Fall Foliage in Western New York! Visiting the Grand Canyon of the East

It’s easy to miss fall in Buffalo; you are getting settled in your dorm, studying for the first tests of the semester, or maybe just putting together a unique Halloween costume. Don’t worry! With daylight savings time giving you an extra hour this weekend after your Halloween night festivities, I have the perfect way to spend your fall weekend in Western New York: visiting the Grand Canyon of the East.

 

Letchworth State Park, aka the Grand Canyon of the East, is a little more than an hour from the D’Youville campus. Grab a friend, a warm sweater and some boots you don’t mind getting muddy and head out the door!

wind turbines along the drive to letchworth state park

Wind turbines along the drive to Letchworth State Park

The drive from campus will take you along Route 20A, one of the scenic byways of Western New York through much of the countryside. Enjoy the interesting scenery as you drive through the southern tier with views of high drying up corn stalks, wind turbines, and the changing leaves of autumn.

Scenic corn fields along the drive to letchworth state park

Scenic corn fields along the drive to Letchworth State Park

The park is open year round 6am-11pm. Entry into the park (if you are not camping) is $8 a vehicle. There are plenty of spots to park throughout the park. There is no fee to enter the park if you have camping reservations; tent camping season has officially ended, but cabins within the park can be reserved. (Check the weather ahead of time and make sure you reserve a cabin with heat if it is cold!)
The park if approximately 17 miles in length. You can drive through the park and simply enjoy the views of the gorge or get out and walk some of the 66 miles of trails.

gorge overlook trail

This is the trail leading along the gorge to an overlook of the major waterfalls at Letchworth Park. There are many steps but it is only about a half mile in length.

The park is called the Grand Canyon of the East for its spectacular views of the gorge formed by the Genesee River. There are several small waterfalls and streams throughout the park, but three large waterfalls near the southern end of the park. There are parking areas near the waterfalls to leave your car and walk along the gorge to get some spectacular views.

a view of the larger waterfalls along the gorge trail

A view of the larger waterfalls along the gorge trail

I hope you enjoyed this recap of one of my favorite Western New York fall destinations.

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