Letchworth Still Stuns: Relishing the Transcendent Beauty of the Grand Canyon of the East

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.

Albert Camus

Photography by George Payne

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Letchworth State Park, renowned as the “Grand Canyon of the East,” is one of the most scenically magnificent areas in the eastern U.S. 

 

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Signs of Halloween in the Park

 

 

 

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Letchworth State Park is about 17 miles long and averages a mile in width.

 

 

 

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The Park is about 35 miles SW of Rochester and 45 miles SE of Buffalo.

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Amy and Mendon

 

25 species of warblers have been recorded in the southern end of the park.

 

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There is only one river that completely crosses New York State, and that is the Genessee. It rises in the hills of northern Pennsylvania and flows north about 180 miles until it empties into Lake Ontario. Along the way it travels through some of the most productive farm country in the state. It tumbles over six waterfalls – three in the city of Rochester, and three in the incredible Letchworth State Park.

Walter Power

 

 

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Trees in Love

 

 

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Address
1 Letchworth State Park
Castile, NY 14427
Latitude 42.570148
Longitude -78.051170

 

 

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The territory of the park was long part of the homeland of the Seneca people, who were largely forced out after the American Revolutionary War, as they had been allies of the defeated British. The Seneca called the land around this canyon Sehgahunda, the “Vale of the three falls”; the Middle Falls (Ska-ga-dee) was believed to be so wondrous it made the sun stop at midday.

Letchworth State Park

 

 

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