What a glorious day! A short two hour ride from the Ithaca or Cortland, NY area brings you to Letchworth State Park. Known as the Grand Canyon of New York, this state park offers a great deal of hiking and site seeing. It was easy to practice social distancing and enjoy the day. Don't let the hiking part scare you if you're not athletic! There are great views and scenery to be enjoyed while staying right in each little area's parking lots.
From Wikipedia: "Letchworth State Park is a 14,427-acre New York State Park located in Livingston County and Wyoming County in the northwestern part of the State of New York. The park is roughly 17 miles long, following the course of the Genesee River as it flows north through a deep gorge and over several large waterfalls."
As you drive through the 17 mile journey of road that twists and turns through the park, there are numerous spots to pull off the road and take in the breathtaking views. You can get out of the car and hike on trails from nearly every stop, should you choose to. At one stop, there's even a cheese vending machine! Since I am fairly certain that I was a mouse in a previous life, the cheese vending machine seemed like a terrific idea to me. I think we should invest in one for the office. I digress. Even during the COVID crisis, there were several locations open throughout the park to get refreshments, use the restroom, and relax.
Take a look at just a few of the photos that I took of the trip and consider Letchworth just another reason to come to the Central New York State area! Housing and cost of living is low and we have amazing natural beauty all around us.