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Weekend Warrior: Letchworth State Park in New York State


Did you know there was a place called “The Grand Canyon of the East”? Don’t worry, we didn’t either. But just a five-hour drive from New York City, you’ll find the Letchworth State Park in Castile, New York, right before you cross the state line.

The park features three fairly steep waterfalls, where the Genesee River--most famous for that time in 1829 when Sam Patch (aka “The Yankee Leaper”) didn’t quite make the jump from the Upper Falls in Rochester and died in front of 8,000 spectators--roars through. In the summer, there are plenty of outdoor activities that will make you forget that back home, you have the fire station across the street and the bar under your apartment ready and willing to break your nature solitude. The park, clocking in at 14k acres, will keep you plenty busy in the winter, with cross-country skiiing, snow tubing, snowmobiling, and any activity that generally starts with the word “snow.”

So upload your ISAORA x HESSISMORE playlist, get in the car, and go already. Some things are worth the drive.

Photo courtesy of CFB Photo.