Also known as “The Grand Canyon of the East,” Letchworth State Park and its combination of alluring forests, gorgeous waterfalls, and spectacular views of the Genesee River make for a magnificent scenic area.
The best way to explore Letchworth is by securing an excellent place to stay. This article will guide you on renting a cabin and the best cabins to consider in the park.
Where to rent a cabin at Letchworth State Park
Letchworth State Park features five major cabin areas; A, B, C, D, and E. Let’s briefly look at each Cabin area. See this website to secure a reservation for one of these cabin areas.
1. The A Cabin Area
The A Cabins are at the center of Letchworth State Park near the Lower Falls area and boast an accommodation capacity of six people.
You can only reserve the cabins for two nights in the off-peak season and seven to fourteen days during the peak season from June to before Labor Day.
There are no bedding or utensils, so plan to bring your own. Water is provided throughout the peak season.
The cabins in this area feature a main room, toilet and sink, shower, and a kitchen with a cooking stove, refrigerator, and a table with chairs.
2. The B Cabin Area
The B Cabin area is also near the Lower Falls area of Letchworth State Park on the Western side of the Genesee River.
The area has 22 cabins, with each having three rooms. Each cabin accommodates six people. You’ll find a toilet inside and running water, although it’s cold. The bedrooms feature dual twin-sized beds.
You can reserve the cabins in this area for two nights during the off-peak season and seven or 14 days during the peak season. Bring your own bedding and cookware since they are not provided in the cabins.
3. The C Cabin Area
This cabin area is located near the Highbanks on the western side of the Genesee River and the northern part of the park. Driving between the cabins and Highbanks will take you five minutes.
Every cabin in this area can only accommodate six people and two pets. The reservations for these cabins should be between seven to fourteen days, especially during the peak season.
This area has several places to play and eat in case you don’t feel like cooking. However, water is unavailable inside the cabins.
3. The D Cabin Area
Located on the eastern side of the Genesee River, accessible through the Parade Ground entrance, the D Cabins are in a very remote area, and you may not have much to enjoy apart from the quietness.
Unlike the other cabins, these are open throughout the year. However, they don’t have water inside, so you must go to the shower house outside to use the bathrooms.
You can reserve cabins D-3 and D-8 for at least two nights at any time of the year. The two cabins have a capacity of two people, including infants and children.
Accessing the D Cabin area requires you to drive outside the park’s southern end since there is no bridge over the Genesee River. However, you can cross the river at Portageville to experience more attractions.
4. The E Cabin Area
Access to the E Cabin area is challenging since the road is very rough, so drive carefully.
The cabins accommodate a maximum of four people, but they don’t have heat and shower facilities, so you have to go to the E Cabin area if you want to shower. Bedding and cookware are also not provided.
Cottages to Rent
If you’re looking for something a little less rustic than a State Park cabin, you have two other slightly more cushy options available. These include two cottages located within Letchworth, both located closer to the north end of the park, near the Mt. Morris or Perry entrances.
These two cottages can also be booked through the Letchworth State Park website, just like the cabins.
Maplewood Lodge offers three bedrooms and five beds, with a total capacity of 8 guests. If you’re traveling with a large family, this may be the best available option for low-budget accommodation within the park.
The cottage offers other luxuries such as gas heating and a dishwasher, to make your stay slightly less rustic. Cooking utensils are also provided, but bed linens and towels are not.
In the summertime season (peak season), the cottage is only able to be rented for a minimum of five contiguous days, and a maximum of 10 days. During the off-peak season, you can rent the cabin for two days, up to 14 days.
Maplewood Lodge can be rented for $160 per night.
The other cottage available for rent through the Letchworth website is Parker’s Hideaway, also located near the park’s north end.
This is a slightly smaller cottage, with room for a maximum of six guests. It has three total beds and two bedrooms. The luxury perk of this cottage is the king bed for the master bedroom.
Like the Maplewood Cottage, Parker’s Hideaway also offers amenities like hot water, a dishwasher, and gas heating. Dishes and utensils are provided in the kitchen, but plan to bring your own sheets, blankets, and towels.
Parker’s Hideaway is available for $200 per night.
Glen Iris Inn Rooms and other luxury rentals at Letchworth park
If you’re looking for a more high-end accommodation experience, that is also available to you at Letchworth State Park.
Glen Iris Inn
The Glen Iris Inn, while best known for its fine dining, also offers rooms to stay in this historic mansion built and owned by William Prior Letchworth.
At the Inn, there are 11 standard guest rooms and 4 luxury suites, all recently renovated, redecorated, and air-conditioned. All the rooms are intended for double occupancy, and while you might squeeze in one kid with you, the rooms are not catered toward families.
If you are planning to stay at Letchworth with a larger family group, you still have more luxurious options open to you.
Pinewood Lodge, located just up the hill from the Glen Iris Inn, offers efficiency lodge type accommodations, perfect for families and small groups.
Each lodge has a queen bed and a pull-out sleeper sofa, so will comfortably fit a group of 2-4.
This three bedroom quaint, comfortable cottage is also located nearby to the Glen Iris Inn and all the happenings at the Upper and Middle Falls area.
This is an ideal family vacation retreat in the heart of Letchworth Park if you’re traveling with a larger family, as it will comfortably fit up to 6 guest.
A fully equipped kitchen and all the linens and towels provided make this stay a true vacation, and much less like camping.
If you’re looking for something just a bit bigger, you can consider the Stone House, a gorgeous house located just across from Inspiration Point, where you can see a view of the Upper and Middle Falls from one spot.
The Stone House can comfortably house up to 8 guests, and offers a fully appointed kitchen, four bedrooms and two and a half baths.
The Chalet is another historic building built by William Prior Letchworth, and also located close to the Glen Iris Inn.
The Chalet is also intended for larger groups, accommodating up to 8 guests. It offers beautiful furnishings and a full kitchen, and stunning views of Eagle Hill near the park’s gorge.
Any of these more luxury accommodations can be reserved through the Glen Iris Inn website rather than through the State Park website as you would for cabins.
The best cabin rentals near Letchworth State Park
If you don’t love the idea of rustic cabin living during your stay at Letchworth, here are some of the best cabins near Letchworth State Park that guarantee adventure, comfort, and value for your money.
1. The Lodge on Letchworth
Book your stay at the Lodge on Letchworth and enjoy seclusion and comfort. This is a 2,600-square-foot cabin on 10 acres of land.
The lodge has four bedrooms, three bathrooms, a fully-equipped kitchen, a patio, and a dining area. You will love the property’s interior, composed of yellow pine floors, fir beam ceilings, and knotty pine walls. Its professional decoration provides the utmost comfort and style that your family will appreciate.
There are many activities to participate in during your stay at this lodge. They include biking, wildlife viewing, horseback riding, rafting, hunting, and more.
Also, plan to visit the nearby wineries and breweries and enjoy a drink in nature. Local restaurants are also plentiful in case you don’t feel like cooking.
2. Upscale Cabin in the Woods, Letchworth
This property is a perfect escape for families that are up for adventure in a solitary and peaceful place. Once you step in, you will be welcomed to a cozy, fully furnished sitting room under a cathedral ceiling and around knotty-pine walls.
This pristine cabin boasts two bedrooms with three beds accommodating six people, one bathroom, a kitchen, and a patio. It also offers visitors a garden and barbeque grills. All rooms also have free Wi-Fi.
Other amenities include a portable A/C, a cellphone booster, a tent area, and parking for boats/RV/small cars.
Some onsite activities to enjoy while staying at Upscale Cabin include biking, bird-watching, hiking, and hunting.
During your stay on this property, you aren’t allowed to smoke or wear shoes inside the cabin, chop down trees (live or dead), or hold group parties. Pets are also not allowed here, so you should make other arrangements.
3. Cabin Creek Hide-Away (Letchworth)
Enjoy your family vacation while staying at the Cabin Creek Hide-Away. The 100-acre property features beautiful waterfalls and is secluded in the woods, thus guaranteeing you the utmost privacy.
This place offers one bedroom with two beds, a spacious kitchen, a patio, an indoor fireplace, a backyard, and free parking.
Outdoor activities are also aplenty, including canoeing, hiking, fishing at nearby wildlife areas, and mountain biking.
This cabin is also close to many attractions within Letchworth State Park, such as Mount Morris Dam and Stony Brook State Park, so you will have much to explore.
Visitors are not allowed to bring their pets or smoke inside the cabin. Group parties are also prohibited.
4. Hillside Timber Cabin
Wildlife can be seen around the Hillside Timber Cabin, especially in the evening. It’s also located near Conesus Lake, so prepare for thrilling water activities such as boating, kayaking, swimming, and fishing.
Book this cozy foot-timber cabin and gear up for solitude and fun. The property is nestled under tall pine trees on a hillside, and it’s sure to provide your crew with a memorable experience. Its natural setting will be a delight.
This three-story cabin accommodates four adults and four children, so it’s the best option for a big family. Its spectacular interior consists of beautifully painted pine walls and floors that meet your taste and preference. All the conveniences needed for a comfortable stay are also available to make you feel at home.