The Grand Canyon of the East
Letchworth State Park is a New York state park located in Livingston and Wyoming counties. The park is roughly 17 miles long, covering more than 14,000 acres of land along the Genesee River. Within the park there are three large waterfalls on the Genesee River. The gorge formed by the river, with rock walls rising up to 550 feet in places and which narrow to 400 feet across above the middle of the three falls, prompted the area’s reputation as the “Grand Canyon of the East.” The park is named after William Pryor Letchworth (1823-1910), an industrialist who in 1906 bequeathed the 1,000-acre estate that forms the heart of the park to New York State.