Letchworth State Park RV & Campground Guide

New York

Sprawling across more than 14,000 acres in central-western New York’s scenic Livingston and Wyoming counties, Letchworth State Park is an outdoor adventure lover’s paradise, offering hiking, biking, and watersports opportunities galore. The park follows the course of the Genesee River as it winds its way through the landscape, providing visitors with the chance to glimpse several stunning waterfalls along with its miles of backcountry trails. These falls cascade along the sides of the steep gorge carved by the river throughout the ages, giving the area the unique distinction and honor of being considered the “Grand Canyon of the East.” It was even voted New York state’s best attraction in 2017 -- and considering all the amazing things to see and do in the Empire State, that’s a pretty serious distinction! 

Along with waterfalls that sometimes tower as high as 600 feet above the river below, and all the fun summertime activities this water landscape affords, Letchworth State Park is also renowned for its winter sports opportunities. Snow tubing, cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling are all popular diversions throughout the state’s lengthy freeze season, and guests can enjoy thawing out and refreshing at the historic Glen Iris Inn, which is open seasonally for overnight stays as well as breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The park is also well-known as a hunting destination, offering the chance to capture both big game animals and wild turkeys. 

There’s so much to see and do in this scenic New York State gem, especially for RVers. Read on to learn more about how to maximize your Letchworth State Park vacatioN!

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Weather
Spring 24-69 F
Summer 55-80 F
Fall 32-50 F
Winter 15-37 F
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Nearby Cities
Mt. Morris, MI
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Letchworth State Park

RV camping is the best way to experience the flexibility and convenience of a road trip while still maintaining the privacy and comfort of having your own place to crash at the end of a long day’s adventures. And whether you’re bringing your own travel trailer or motorhome or renting one of the comfortable, well-kept vehicles on the peer-to-peer market at RVshare, there are plenty of RV parks and campgrounds nearby to call home sweet home-away-from-home during your visit.

Letchworth State Park does offer onsite camping as well, with a wide range of features and amenities to keep campers comfortable whether they’re roughing it in a tent or kicking back in style in a fifth wheel travel trailer. However, as the park’s campsites do tend to fill up quickly, here are a few other nearby resorts and campgrounds to choose from.

Adventure Bound Camping Resorts at Four Winds

Located in Portageville, New York -- home to one of Letchworth State Park’s several entrances -- Adventure Bound Camping Resorts at Four Winds offers more than 150 acres of quality accommodations and camping fun, including all the basics you’ll need to be comfortable as well as fun extras like swimming pools, basketball courts, and pre-arranged events to celebrate holidays and special seasons. Along with full-hookup sites and public laundry facilities and bath houses, Adventure Bound guests can also choose to rent a comfortable cabin complete with temperature control and indoor plumbing.

  • Water hookup: yes
  • Electrical hookup: yes
  • Sewer hookup: yes
  • Wifi: n/a
  • Pet-friendly: yes
  • Other amenities: clubhouse, swimming pool, “fun zone,” organized recreational activities

The Ridge Campground

Offering spacious sites perfect for big rigs, The Ridge Campground is tucked away in Mt. Morris just minutes from Letchworth State Park. And when we say big, we mean it -- they actually have one 85-foot back-in gravel site available to accommodate even the most monstrous motorhome or trailer setup.  

  • Water hookup: yes
  • Electrical hookup: yes
  • Sewer hookup: yes
  • Wifi: n/a
  • Pet-friendly: yes
  • Other amenities: swimming pool, playground, horseshoe pit, on-site camp store and cafe

Silver Lake Campground

Whether you’re staying for a single night or a season, Silver Lake Campground in Castile, New York has the amenities you need to make you feel right at home -- and, as its name suggests, its nearby lake allows for ample fishing, boating, and other water recreation activities no matter what time of year you visit.

  • Water hookup: yes
  • Electrical hookup: yes
  • Sewer hookup: yes
  • Wifi: n/a
  • Pet-friendly: yes
  • Other amenities: boat slips, fishing, hot showers

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What to Do at
Letchworth State Park

Inside Letchworth State Park

With three major waterfalls and more than 50 smaller ones along the tributaries that feed the park’s river, one of the most significant pastimes at Letchworth State Park is simply seeing it. There’s a reason it’s considered one of the most worthy attractions in the entire state of New York.

But along with just wandering through the landscape in wonder, outdoor adventurers of all fitness and interest levels can find fulfilling diversions within the park’s boundaries. Here are just a few of the opportunities available.

Hiking - Letchworth State Park offers more than 66 miles of hiking trails, which are also open to horseback riders, mountain bikers, and, in the winter, cross-country skiers and snowmobilers. 

Guided tours and lectures are offered by the Humphrey Nature Center, an on-site educational organization devoted to helping people get more familiar with the park and learn how best to protect this one-of-a-kind landscape.

Whitewater rafting and kayaking are popular along the Genesee River rapids. 

Hot air ballooning is also facilitated by a variety of organizations in the area, and offers once-in-a-lifetime, breathtaking views of the “Grand Canyon of the East.”

Historic sites and museums dot the park from end to end, including Mount Morris Dam in the north and  Glen Iris Inn, which was William Pryor Letchworth's former residence. Today, it’s been fully renovated and serves as a hotel and dining spot for park visitors, open for overnight lodging seasonally.

Outside Letchworth State Park

Although it’s unlikely you’d ever get sick of the sightseeing opportunities inside Letchworth State Park, there’s also a whole lot to see and do outside the park’s boundaries if you have time -- or if you just find yourself getting hungry.

Restaurants

Even the heartiest adventurer’s gotta eat! Here are a few favorites in the area to choose from when your tummy gets to rumblin’.

Questa Lasagna

Questa Lasagna is a Mt. Morris favorite, serving up its titular dish as well as a variety of other locally-sourced and freshly-made Italian delicacies. The restaurant is open for both lunch and dinner, and welcomes families with children as well as a casual dress code. (You don’t have to get gussied up to enjoy world-class Italian cuisine!)

Type: Italian

Location: Mt. Morris, NY

The Hole in the Wall

Located in the heart of downtown Perry, The Hole in the Wall combines classic, comforting fare like French onion soup and wood-fired pizza with single-malt scotches and local Finger Lakes wines to make for a one-of-a-kind dining experience. Be sure to come hungry, because you’re going to want to try a whole lot of the menu items!

Type: Classics

Location: Perry, NY

Brian's USA DINER

Situated directly adjacent to Letchworth State Park, and is the perfect place to stop in and sate your appetite. From juicy burgers and satisfying fried sides to traditional breakfast dishes sure to get you fueled and ready for the day, be sure to stop by Brian’s at some point during your trip -- or save time by taking advantage of their online ordering.

Type: Diner

Location: Mt. Morris, NY

Shopping

Whether you need a new pair of sunnies or just a tschotske to remember your trip by, don’t let these nearby shopping opportunities escape your notice!

Carvings and More

Carvings and More is a Mt. Morris institution, offering visitors and locals alike a range of wares from local crafters and artisans, as well as jewelry, photography, furniture, hand-made soaps and more.

Location: Mt. Morris, NY

Finders Keepers

Finders Keepers is the kind of thrift store you write home about. (Never written home about a thrift store? Well, head to Finders Keepers to change that!

Location: Brooklyn, NY

Stonewall Craftique

Stonewall Craftique is the perfect Perry spot to pick up a gift for a loved one waiting back at home… or to spoil yourself with a new scented candle or hand lotion. They also have a range of locally-crafted jellies, jams, salsas, and ice cream toppings to choose from. Yum!

Location: Perry, NY

Sightseeing

Want to kick back and catch a flick or learn a little something during your trip? Here are a few sightseeing sites worth, well, seeing.

The National Warplane Museum

The National Warplane Museum displays vintage military aircraft from as far back as World War II, as well as more recent Korean War era iterations.

Location: Geneseo, NY

Silver Lake Twin Drive-In Theater

Silver Lake Twin Drive-In Theater promises a fun trip down memory lane -- and a great evening activity for wrapping up a tiring day of outdoor adventures. 

Location: Perry, NY

Sonyea State Forest

This 922-acre wilderness just a few miles east of Letchworth, just in case you need even more hiking, biking, and hunting options. 

Location: Livingston County, NY

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How to Get to
Letchworth State Park

Letchworth State Park is located just west of New York’s I-390, close to where the highway intersects with Route 36 and Route 408. It’s easy to access from a variety of communities in the area, only 35 miles southwest of Rochester and 60 miles southeast of Buffalo. 

Entering Letchworth State Park

Entrances to Letchworth State Park are located in four adjacent towns: Mt. Morris, Perry, Castile, and Portageville. The entry fee s $10 per non-commercial vehicle, though this doesn’t cover additional services and sightseeing, such as overnight camping ($24-$26 per night) or access to the on-site museum ($1 donation for adult entry). New York residents might consider picking up an Empire Pass, which, for $80, gets you a year of unlimited access to Letchworth State Park as well as a host of other wildernesses and facilities managed by the New York State Parks Department and the Department of Environmental Conservation. For full details on rates and fees, check the official park website.

Non-Commercial Vehicle : $10

Overnight Camping : $26

Empire Pass : $80

Whether you simply drive along the gorge and gawk at the waterfalls or get into full-on adventure mode with a whitewater kayaking trip, we can’t wait to see what’s in store for you at Letchworth State Park -- and beyond! Don’t forget to tag us in your social media posts, or send details to us directly at memories@rvshare.com. We’ll share select photos and stories on own blog and social media channels!