"Letchworth - A touch of serendipity." Top 5 Page for this destination Letchworth State Park by ranger49

Letchworth State Park Travel Guide: 30 reviews and 105 photos

On the road - Pennsylvania to Toronto.

We were on the road - heading back to Toronto for our return flight to the UK.
We had driven too far without finding a place to stay the night. so were glad twhen we stopped at a tiny village store to be directed to an hotel in closeby Genosee Falls . It was like something out of a 1940's movies and we loved it.
First big problem - they did not accept Credit Cards - so we were directed to the nearest ATM in Castile and advised to take a short cut through Letchworth State Park.
On our way through the Park we spotted the Glen Iris Hotel - liked the look of it, so stopped to pick up a brochure - just for future refernce - and went on our way.
Next morning after a night's sleep disturbed by the constant rumble of lorries to and from a local quarry we checked out and headed to the park where we got the last two rooms in the Glen Iris Hotel.

In the Park

After securing our rooms for the night at Glen Iris we had breakfast at a friendly little cafe in Castile. A simple place but the deal of the week was a full cooked breakfast at a crazy price.
The staff in the cafe and in the local information office seemed astonshed to have 4 Brits just "passing through - and stopping over!"
Afterwards we had all day to explore the park before checking into our rooms, and what a lovely day it turned out to be .
Vast acres of almost untouched land with ravines and waterfalls, wide open spaces with trails and hidden nooks and crannies. Wild life and flora - and a good bit of history - all on the doorstep of our hotel in the State Park.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Open spaces and natural beauty
  • Cons:None
  • In a nutshell:Grand Canyon of the East - A little known gem.
  • Intro Updated Sep 19, 2011
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  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Sep 19, 2011 at 1:21 PM

    Barbara, fabulous little page about Letchworth here, which I hadn't even heard of before. Interesting story about Mary Jemison.

  • alza's Profile Photo
    Sep 18, 2011 at 10:36 AM

    Extraordinary story of Mary Jemison! Tks ranger!

  • windoweb's Profile Photo
    Feb 5, 2010 at 5:53 AM

    My Mom & Dad took my sisters and I to this park when we were young.


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