Our Saturday started with a Lacrosse game in Tonawanda, a suburb of Buffalo. John, Parker’s other grandfather was there and we told him we were off to see Niagara Falls after the game. He asked if we knew about Letchworth State Park, “The Grand Canyon of the East.” We didn’t and after our 24 hours at the falls, we decided to check this place out. The park is made up of over 14,000 acres of scenic magnificence along the Genesee River , just 35 miles south of Rochester, New York. The steep walls of the gorge, the river winding below, the plunge and spray of dramatic waterfalls, and the lush forest all contribute to make the park one of the most notable examples of waterfall and gorge scenery in the eastern United States. Within the park, the Genesce River roars over three major waterfalls, one of which is 107 feet height. Each year the river cuts deeper into the dramatic cliffs which approach 600 feet in height. ( from the park map)
We stopped at every overlook until we came to the center of the park . . . . This is the inn which was originally built for Mr. Letchworth’s Victorian home. There is a veranda where you can sit and enjoy the flower garden, read, have a drink or have breakfast or lunch while resting in Adirondack chairs. We decide to stay the night and survived no I-phone service and no TV. We had a delicious dinner complete with Cherries’ Jubilee. The interior was Victorian inspired wallpaper and carpet, lovely reproduction lamps and and an elegant oak stairwell, pictured here, taken from the third floor looking down.
There are many leisure time pursuits in Letchworth: cabins and campsites, swimming pool, museum, the Glen Iris Inn and Restaurant, basic concessions, fishing areas, picnic shelter, winter sport facilities, and a multi-use trail network. Also available are nature and history programs, special events and festivals, guided walks and tours, summer lecture series and camper recreation programs. Winter activities include snow tubing, cross-country skiing and guided ski hikes, guided winter wonder walks and snowmobiling. Deer and spring turkey hunting are allowed by permit only. Whitewater rafting, canoeing, kayaking and hot air balloon rides. (from the state park map)
One element is very predominate. . . . rock walls and trim on buildings. This was part of the CCC or (Civilian Conservation Corps) public work relief program started in 1933 by President Franklin Roosevelt as the 1st New Deal Program to provide work for the huge number of unemployed men during the Depression Era. In less than 10 years, the CCC built 800 parks and planted 3 billion trees nationwide. The country is still reaping the benefits and pleasure from these programs.
Have you visited Letchworth State Park or other national parks? Are you a camper or an inn sleeper? Which is your favorite state park? Do other countries have state parks for all the citizens to enjoy? ($8 fee for a day’s visit) Do you think “Grand Canyon of the East is appropriate name for this state park?