Letchworth State Park

Western New York

Known as the Grand Canyon of the East, this state park encompasses 14,500 acres, including lush forest, the Genesee River and three magnificent waterfalls. There’s almost two-dozen hiking trails, plus rafting from the end of April to October.

No swimming is allowed in the river, but there is a swimming pool at the north end of the park (11am to 5:45pm Friday to Monday, to 6:45pm Saturday to Sunday from late June until Labor Day).