Middle Falls in Letchworth State Park

Description

Middle Falls in Letchworth State Park is one of the tallest and most popular waterfalls in the state of New York.

Letchworth State Park, dubbed the “Grand Canyon of the East,” has more than 14,000 acres and features stunning vistas, waterfalls, a huge dam, campsites, historic buildings, museums, 66 miles of hiking trails, a massive railroad bridge, and much more. Visitors from around the state, nation, and world flock to Letchworth State Park each year. Of the 30+ waterfalls in the state park, there are three major ones along the Genesee River. The Seneca Indians actually called the area Sehgahunda, meaning the “Vale of Three Falls.” Of all the waterfalls, Middle Falls is considered to be the crown jewel.  

Middle Falls is by far the tallest and largest in Letchworth State Park. Middle Falls stands about 108 feet tall and nearly 200 feet wide, making it a wonderful example of a block waterfall. Over the years it has become one of the most popular photography spots in Upstate New York. Aside from its spectacular size, Middle Falls is also one of the most accessible waterfalls. Two of the most popular viewpoints are paved and are accessible via wheelchair/stroller, they include the Glen Iris Inn lookout (location) and Inspiration Point (location). Ample parking is available throughout the park and at these viewpoints.

Don’t miss out on stopping at Inspiration Point and also checking out the Genesee Arch Bridge nearby.

 

Waterfall Specs

  • Height: Approximately 100 feet
  • Type: Block
  • Water source: Genesee River
  • Swimming: Prohibited and/or not possible

Location

  • Park: Letchworth State Park
  • Address: Park Rd
  • Town: Castile
  • State: New York
  • GPS: Lat 42.58306 Lng -78.04260
  • Parking Notes: There is a parking lot right next to the Middle Falls Lookout and many additional parking lots with hundreds of spaces in total.
  • Parking Directions: HERE
  • Location Directions: HERE

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