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Day Trip to Letchworth State Park

On Saturday, October 5, we decided to take advantage of the beautiful day by going for a drive.  We hoped to see some pretty Autumn colors.  Our original plan was to go to Allegany State Park, near Salamanca NY.  This park is about a 45-minute drive from our house.  We were about half way to Allegany State Park, when I asked Bob how far it was from our location to Letchworth State Park.  “Hey Google.  How far is it from my location to Letchworth State Park?”, Bob asked.  Well, we didn’t have a signal, so that question had to be repeated a short while later.  Instead of turning right onto Interstate 86, we went straight ahead, and that is how we ended up at Letchworth State Park instead of Allegany State Park.

Letchworth State Park is located 35 miles south of Rochester, NY. The park, often referred to as the “Grand Canyon of the East”, is a spectacular place. The park’s magnificent scenery includes waterfalls (three major ones on the Genesee River) and a gorge. We have visited Letchworth State Park many times over the years. We enjoy our visit each time we go.

We arrived at the park a little after noon, entering via the south (the Portageville entrance).  We have the New York Empire Pass, which provides unlimited day-use vehicle entry to New York State Parks.  We made stops at the Upper and Middle Falls between the Portageville entrance and the Archery Field exit.  

Upper Falls

Middle Falls

Rainbow at Middle Falls

We ate lunch at the Charcoal Grill in Perry, NY.  This is a great place to eat, if you are in the area.  There are three food places — the grill, a pizzeria and an ice cream stand.  We have stopped at the Charcoal Grill a few times, while in the area.  So far we have eaten at each food place, except for the pizzeria.  The pizza smells really good, though … maybe next time.  I ordered broasted chicken with coleslaw and french fries.  Bob ordered beef on weck and onion rings.  As always, the food was delicious. 

After lunch we drove farther north and reentered Letchworth State Park via the Mt. Morris entrance.  We drove south, making a few stops to take pictures of the gorge, before exiting the park via the Portageville exit.

Hogsback Overlook

The photographs (and video) that follow were taken in the Great Bend area of the park.


We watched several rafters go down the Genesee River.

Not much color yet

This was the most color that we saw, while at Letchworth State Park.

Many people took advantage of the nice day, as we did.  The park was full of people!

We had a wonderful day.  We returned home around 6:00 pm.

Five NY State Parks in One Weekend: Letchworth State Park

On Sunday, June 28th (the third day of our weekend getaway), we ate breakfast at the hotel and was on our way home by 7:45 am.

On our way home we detoured to Letchworth State Park, using our New York State Empire Passport to gain entrance. We drove through the park from the northern end (Mt. Morris) to the southern end (Portageville), stopping at several overlooks along the way.

Mt. Morris Dam
I can’t recall ever seeing water on this side of the dam, when we have visited the park!

Wolf Creek Falls

Wolf Creek

Great Bend Overlook

Great Bend Overlook

Inspiration Point
Middle and Upper Falls

Middle Falls

Upper Falls

The water was raging from Saturday’s rainfall.

We exited Letchworth State Park at approximately 11:50 am and continued on our way home.  We stopped at Seneca Allegany Casino in Salamanca, NY for lunch at Thunder Mountain Buffet. We played the one-arm bandits, too, losing $20 each.

We left the casino around 2:45 pm and took a scenic way home through Allegany State Park, once again using the Empire Passport for admission to the park.  I counted wrong.  I should have entitled this blog post and the previous two posts as “SIX NY State Parks in One Weekend”!  We made one stop in Allegany State Park.

Bridal Falls

After Saturday’s rain event, we decided to check out Bridal Falls. Although it was a little bit of a soggy walk down to the falls, it wasn’t a bad hike. There was less water falling than we expected; however, we were not disappointed with the water flow. We were very happy with what we found at the falls, or I should say WHO we found at the falls. We came upon a family “down from Buffalo” for the day at the base of the falls. I LOVED the color the raincoats provided for the scene, as well as the intimacy of having people in a photograph. This family was very cooperative. I asked if they would “freeze in place”, while I took a photograph with a slow shutter speed. They listened well! Thank you for the photo op!

We returned home around 6:00 pm.  What a wonderful weekend we had!

 

Letchworth State Park

This blog post continues our Finger Lakes Weekend.

We left our hotel en route home at 8:00 am on June 22nd. Breakfast, for me, was what was provided by the hotel. I had a raisin bagel with cream cheese, a cup of tea and a banana. Bob chose not to eat breakfast, drinking only a cup of coffee. We didn’t go straight home. We rode to Letchworth State Park, and then we made our way back home from there.

Letchworth State Park is located 35 miles south of Rochester, NY.  The park, often referred to as the “Grand Canyon of the East”, is a spectacular place.  The park’s magnificent scenery includes waterfalls (three major ones on the Genesee River) and a gorge.    We have visited Letchworth State Park many times over the years.   We enjoy our visit each time we go.  We arrived at Letchworth State Park around 9:30 am. We rode from the Mt. Morris entrance to the Portageville entrance, making several stops along the way.

Mount Morris Dam

Turkey Vultures at Mount Morris Dam

It seems each time we visit places we have seen many times we see something different.    A BIG chair was a new sight for us during this visit to Letchworth State Park.

This big chair was located at the Mount Morris Dam Overlook.

 

The next few pictures are from other stops that we made inside the park.

Gorge view from Tea Table Rock

Wolf Creek Falls

Rafting on the Genesee River (across from Archery Field)

Rafting on the Genesee River

Inspiration Point
Middle Falls and Upper Falls are visible from this vantage point.

Middle Falls

Upper Falls

 

We opted not to stop at Lower Falls, the third major waterfall on the Genesee River, preferring neither to make the hike nor use the time to see the falls as we still had a 2 ½-hour ride home from Letchworth State Park. We departed Letchworth at 1:00 pm.

From Letchworth we rode to Sprague’s Maple Farms in Portville NY, where we enjoyed a filling lunch.

Sprague’s Maple Farms

Bob ordered breakfast food–pancakes, eggs, bacon and home fries. I ordered the maple-glazed meatloaf special that included salad, rolls, green beans, and baked potato. Lunch was excellent.

We rolled into Warren shortly before 5:00 pm.  As we were passing by Tim Horton’s, we saw our friends Susan and Dave sitting outside. We stopped for an iced tea and visited for about 30 minutes.

We returned home around 5:30 pm. It was a great weekend. The weather was gorgeous; the scenery was beautiful; and the ride was nice.  Best of all, I spent the weekend enjoying the weather, the scenery and the ride with my husband.  Who could ask for more!

Bob’s Birthday Activities

Bob’s birthday was earlier this month, on May 6th.  He took the day off work, and we spent the day together.  We went to the Seneca Allegheny Casino in Salamanca, New York.  The casino gave Bob $5.00 in free slot play.  That went fast.  He played $10.00 of his own money; so did I.  We both lost our $10.00.

From the casino we drove to Charcoal Corral in Perry, New York.  It was our first visit to this sit-down restaurant.  Bob ordered beef on weck; I ordered a 1/3 lb. cheeseburger with lettuce and tomato.  We enjoyed dessert at the Ice Cream Parlor, a few steps away from the restaurant.

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the Charcoal Corral
The Ice Cream Parlor is located next door to the Pizzeria.

After lunch we drove to nearby Letchworth State Park.

Letchworth State Park is located 35 miles south of Rochester, NY.  The park, often referred to as the “Grand Canyon of the East”, is a spectacular place.  The park’s magnificent scenery includes waterfalls and a gorge.  We entered the park via the Perry entrance, turning left (north) on Park Road.  We drove to Mount Morris Dam overlook, our first stop.

Mount Morris Dam

Mount Morris Dam

From Mount Morris Dam overlook we backtracked, driving south on Park Road, stopping frequently along the way.

Hogsback Overlook

We walked a short distance on Trail 18 because from Park Road it looked like there might be a waterfall along the trail.  There WAS a waterfall along the trail!

Trail 18 Waterfall

Trail 18 small waterfall

Trail 18 Waterfall

There are many spots along the way where one can linger, have a picnic, and enjoy the marvelous scenery provided throughout Letchworth State Park.

St. Helena Picnic Area
with its view of the Genesee River

Tea Table Rock picnic area

View of Genesee River and gorge from Tea Table Rock picnic area

Wolf Creek Falls, as viewed from Tea Table Rock picnic area

A short drive from Tea Table Rock is Wolf Creek.  A closer view of Wolf Creek Falls can be seen here.

Wolf Creek Falls

Continuing south on Park Road we come to the Big Bend Overlook.

Big Bend Overlook

Bob at Big Bend Overlook

Bob took this picture of me at Big Bend Overlook

Our next stop was at Archery Field.

This young couple was enjoying the view at Archery Field, as well as a glass of wine.

I asked permission to take this photograph.  After I took the picture, I noticed the man was holding a cell phone.  I asked if they would like me to take their photograph with the cell phone.  They did, and I did.  I photographed this young couple at another location in the park but didn’t realize that fact until I was editing the photographs.  I will point out the photograph in which they appear farther down the page.

There are three major waterfalls in Letchworth State Park.  Of the three major waterfalls the Lower Falls, 55 feet high, is reached first when traveling south on Park Road.

We took the path on the right.

We have walked up and down those 127 stone steps before, but we opted not to do so this visit.  Besides we had never seen Lower Falls from the easy view.

Lower Falls

Continuing the drive south from the Lower Falls, we reached Inspiration Point with its impressive view up the gorge.  Both the Middle Falls and the Upper Falls are visible from this point.

Inspiration Point

A little farther along Park Road is Middle Falls.  The Middle Falls, 107 feet high, is the highest of the three major waterfalls.

Remember that young couple, sitting on the wall at Archery Field?
Here they are again 🙂

Rainbow at Middle Falls

Looking down at Middle Falls

Overlooking the magnificent Middle Falls is the Glen Iris Inn, which was formerly the country estate of William Pryor Letchworth.

I would love to spend one or two nights at the Glen Iris Inn!

The third major waterfall — Upper Falls —  is not far from the Middle Falls.

Upper Falls is 71 feet tall.
Directly above Upper Falls is a high railroad trestle known as High Bridge.

We left the park at the Portageville exit.  We had a wonderful day, and it was a great way to spend Bob’s birthday.

A Sleep Over, Breakfast at Sprague’s and Two State Parks

Our almost 7-month-old granddaughter, June, spent Friday night (December 14th) with us.  June’s visit went extremely well.  She was bathed, in her sleeper, fed and in bed by 5;30 pm.  June cried for only a short time before she fell asleep.  She slept pretty much through the night, awakening around 5:45 am the next day.  We enjoyed having June sleep over at our house and look forward to Harper sleeping over in the near future.

Stacey, Mike and Harper arrived at our house around 8:15 am.  The six of us left home shortly thereafter, en route Sprague’s Maple Farms Restaurant in Portville, NY.  Looking at the map shown below, you will see that Sprague’s Maple Farms is quite a distance from our home. The excellent food, great service and total ambiance found at Sprague’s is definitely worth the ride.  Moreover, breakfast at Sprague’s has become a Christmas tradition for our family. Our tradition began in 2007.  We have missed only one year, 2008, since then.  Breakfast at Sprague’s is something that we look forward to each year.

Warren, PA to Sprague’s Maple Farms in Portville, NY

After a delicious and hearty breakfast Stacey, Mike and the girls began their drive back home, while Bob and I drove an additional hour north to Letchworth State Park.

Sprague’s Maple Farms in Portville, NY to Letchworth State Park

Bob and I have visited Letchworth State Park numerous times.  Our last visit, though, was in July 2008.  It was time for another visit!  The park, often referred to as the “Grand Canyon of the East”, is a spectacular place.  The park’s magnificent scenery includes waterfalls (three major ones on the Genesee River) and a gorge.    We entered the park from the Portageville entrance and drove north along Park Road.   I discovered shortly before arriving at Letchworth State Park that, although I had my digital SLR, I had failed to bring a memory card with me.  We made a few stops on our drive through the park.  All photographs were taken with my iPhone camera.

Upper Falls

Middle Falls

Gorge View

Gorge View – Hogback Overlook

We left Letchworth State Park at its north end, at the Mount Morris exit.  We told the GPS to take us home.  The GPS took us home a different way thanwe were accustomed.  Our normal route home takes us along the western side of the park.  The GPS took us home along the eastern side of the park.  The new route home resulted in our discovery of Stony Brook State Park, near Dansville, NY (letter “B” on the map shown below).

Mt. Morris, NY to Warren, PA

According to its website, Stony Brook State Park’s terrain is hilly with lots of woods.  There is a deep gorge with rugged cliffs that overlook three waterfalls.  We saw one of the waterfalls.  The other two were on a trail that was closed for the season.

This used to be the Stony Brook park swimming pool.  State budget restraints have kept the swimming pool closed for the past 3 years, according to a Dansville Online news article.

Bob and I hope to return to both Letchworth and Stony Brook state parks sometime in the new year.

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