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(last update: 12/18/07)

 Letchworth State Park - West Side

An easy walking trail for the first two-thirds with a steeper section in the last third. Nicely shaded making it ideal for a hot summer day. Good views of the main gorge and that of Silver Lake Outlet from the spine. Various birds including hawks visible. An interesting foundation visible on the return loop leading to questions of origin. Easily done in 1.5 hours.

Barnes Creek Falls

This is nice short walk through the woods and along a gorge that runs to Canandaigua Lake. It was perfect for an early spring outing. The trail is very well groomed, wide, and maintained with either rock or wood chips. There are two very nice overlooks built in to view waterfalls in the gorge. The park has a small playground and nice pavilions as well.

Watkins Glen

It's a big park, with paved trails, rangers everywhere and lots of tourists. It's unbelievably beautiful, though. Best to go on a weekday, when the crowds are smaller.

This is a stunning hike providing a cardio-workout. The gorge delivers exquisite beauty from the minute you hit the trail. The 3-mile in and back is on a civilized rock or concrete surface, but it can be a bit slippery when it's wet. There's quite a bit of stair climbing, but there's plenty of lovely resting spots along the way. If you're around Rainbow Falls in the late afternoon you will likely be rewarded with numerous bright rainbows - a treat indeed!

Pratt's Falls

I hiked the Gorge Rim (Yellow) Trail with my dog. It's 2.5 miles and a loop. Great views from this well used trail.

 

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