Is it still travel if your destination is a place you used to live? From 1996 to 2003 we lived in Perry, NY, just outside Letchworth State Park. Almost every spring since we moved away I have tried to spend at least a couple of days camping at the Letchworth campground. Today I set out for a 3-day retreat to my favorite place to camp in the month of May. Ordinarily I wouldn’t even think of writing about a visit to Letchworth, because it is sort of like going back home. But it occurred to me today that for you, the reader, Letchworth is not home, and I may just be able to introduce you to a wonderful place that is new to you. So writing about it suddenly made sense.
Letchworth is about an hour west from my home in Canandaigua, NY. It is also about an hour south of Rochester, NY. It is a couple of hours east of Buffalo. Letchworth encompasses a deep gorge on the Genesee River, which flows north from Pennsylvania to Lake Ontario.
I arrived about 1:00PM, and I selected the same campsite that I used last year: site 329. This site is next to a large, open grassy field. At this time of year, that means that the campsite is quiet and offers good solitude. During the busy summer season I’m sure this site would be in a center of activity, because there is a basketball court next to it, and the lawn area is probably a magnet for kids and activities. The campground has 8 “loops,” and each loop has about 30 to 40 campsites. Only three of the loops allow campers to have pets. I took a bike ride through all 8 loops, and each loop has only about 2 or 3 campers in it. Weekdays in May are definitely not a busy time for camping at Letchworth. During the summer I think it’s difficult to get a site, however.
I was pleased to see that there are a couple of organized activities that I can enjoy this week while I am here. On Tuesday evening there is a talk by a naturalist about small mammals. On Wednesday at lunchtime there is a guided hike to an old-growth forest. Each afternoon, tours of the Mount Morris dam are available. I hope to take advantage of some of these activities.