Shortly before 9:00 am on Sunday, May 27th, we left our home in Warren PA, en route Letchworth State Park in New York. We arrived at Letchworth State Park at 10:45 am. The Castile entrance to the park was manned that morning, so our Empire Pass saved us the $10.00 entrance fee. We drove to High Falls and walked from there to Middle Falls.
Walking towards the Upper Falls
The direct link for this video of Upper Falls may be found here, in the event it doesn’t appear (or play) on your device.
We saw a snake on our way to the Middle Falls.
Garter Snake seen on trail between Upper Falls and Middle Falls
Bob and I at Middle Falls
Returning to our car, we drove to the Council Grounds. The Council Grounds preserves a portion of the native heritage of the Genesee Valley.
Log House Built by Mary Jemison
Next to the log house is a fenced-in area, in which stands a memorial to Mary Jemison.
Mary Jemison Memorial
The remains of Mary Jemison are buried in this enclosure.
Mary Jemison Memorial
Mary Jemison Memorial
Seneca Council House
The final structure standing on the Council Grounds is a viewing platform.
I believe, at one time, that this viewing platform provided a place from which one could
contemplate the view over the Glen Iris towards the railroad trestle and Upper Falls.
From this viewing platform I contemplated the view of the Council Grounds.
Contemplating the View of the Council Grounds
From the Council Grounds we drove to Inspiration Point.
We passed by a Civil War Monument on our way to Inspiration Point.
The monument was decorated with flags in honor of Memorial Day.
Both the Upper and Middle Falls are visible from Inspiration Point.
We left Letchworth State Prak, after visiting Inspiration Point. We used the Castile entrance both entering and exiting the park.
It was around 1:30 pm, when we exited the park. We drove to Perry, New York and ate lunch at the Charcoal Corral.
the Charcoal Corral
The Charcoal Corral is a go-to place in Western New York for great char-grilled food and entertainment – including a drive-in, miniature golf, a video arcade, and much much more. They have a restaurant and drive-in combo with an eat in dining area and an outdoor dining area. They also sell pizzas and ice cream. They have an arcade and putt putt golf. On select days they have inflatables for the children, cruise nights, talents shows and more. I wish we lived closer to the Charcoal Corral, as this would be an excellent place to bring our grandchildren.
In the photograph displayed above, the restaurant at the far left serves char-grilled food. Pizzas are sold in the center, and ice cream is sold in the Ice Cream Parlor.
Inside the Charcoal Corral Restaurant
Food is ordered at this counter.
You have a choice to eat indoors or outside.
I ordered two pieces of white broasted chicken (breast and wing) with macaroni and cheese, coleslaw and a dinner roll. Bob ordered a taco salad. Our food selections were good, and the price paid was a good value.
After lunch, we walked a couple doors down, to the Ice Cream Parlor, and had ice cream for dessert (a twist custard cone for me and a peanut butter sundae for Bob).
We returned to Letchworth State Park after lunch. We entered via the Mt. Morris entrance at a little after 2:00 pm and made our way south through the park back to the Castile exit. We made several stops on our way south.
We stopped at the Mt. Morris Dam Overlook.
We stopped at the Hogsback Overlook,
which is so named because
the ridge jutting into the canyon resembles a wild boar’s high hunched spine.
We made three more stops before leaving Letchworth State Park. We stopped at the Tea Table Overlook, Wolf Creek and the Big Bend Overlook.
The Tea Table Overlook is several hundred feet above the Genesee Valley Gorge floor. The Genesee River flows through the gorge.
One of the views from the Big Bend Overlook
We departed Letchworth State Park at 3:30 pm and began our drive home.
Upon reaching I-86 we decided to take routes 280 and 59 home. I was driving at the time and had been driving for only a short time. My knee started to hurt, with the pain radiating into my calf. I guess I overdid the walking, while at Letchworth State Park. It was past time for Extra Strength Tylenol, which I take every 8 hours, as needed, whenever we are riding the motorcycle, driving the car, or doing a lot of walking. We pulled into the parking lot for Quaker Lake at Allegany State Park to change drivers. Who do we see in the parking lot, a few of our local motorcycle riding friends — Paul and Debbie, Scott and Donna, and Craig Myers out on on Sunday ride. Paul said they were on their way to Bob’s Trading Post for ice cream and asked us if we wanted to join them. We said “yes” and tagged along.
Following our friends to Bob’s Trading Post
Bob’s Trading Post, with an eye-catching car parked in front of it
Paul, Donna, Debbie, Craig, Bob, Scott and I at Bob’s Trading Post
After ice cream, Bob and I returned home via Longhouse Scenic Drive and Route 59. For the first time I heard Longhouse Scenic Drive referred to as “LSD”. What a hoot!
Bob and I returned home around 7:30 pm. I don’t know what time the others returned home, as we left a few minutes before they did. I don’t know what route they took home.
It was a long, but great day. The weather was much better than expected. We expected cloudy skies and an all-day rain with some thunder. We saw very little rain today. It was cloudy at times, but sunshine was plentiful too.