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Popular Western New York State Parks with Waterfalls

Western New York State Parks with Waterfalls

I recently saw an advertisement for New York stating we house some of the world’s top travel destinations. I would rank our State Parks high on that list as well. When looking for places to hike, we truly enjoy waterfalls. It helps keep us “entertained” and actively interested. Since we have been to most of Western New York, I compiled a “Popular Western New York State Parks with Waterfalls” list for you. In the hopes it encourages travel, family time or just new places to make memories.

Popular Western New York State Parks with Waterfalls

We just got back from a trip to Letchworth State Park in Western, NY. It seems only fitting we start with that State Park. Out of many I am about to mention this one has the second to least waterfalls within the property. They have three main waterfalls: Upper, Middle and Lower falls. All pretty easy to access with a walk and few stone steps here and there. It’s a great place to have a picnic, camp or even fish! Watkins Glen State Park Waterfalls

Take a scenic drive to Watkins Glen. Western New York has some incredible sights to capture and the water falls in the Watkins glen area will not disappoint. The State park has around 19 waterfalls a swimming pool and many picnic areas.

I would not stop there when visiting this area though! Hector Falls or Shequaga Falls in Watkins Glen, NY is also beautiful and found literally on the side of a city road. No fee is charged to view and it’s on the way to the Eagle Cliff Falls. This one might be one of my ultimate favorite waterfalls in the Watkins Glen “area”. You might not even know it’s here (located within a campground). These last few are not State parks but if you are in the area trust me it’s worth a stop and photo snap.

Buttermilk falls Ithaca

When we visited Ithaca, New York we were surprised at the amount of Waterfalls they also had. Upwards of 150 plus to be exact. We started our hiking fun At Buttermilk Falls State Park. Keep in mind you can pay admission to any NY state parks and that will get you into others on the same day for free.


These are little more spread out than Watkins Glen so I would recommend a few days to hit up all of the great State Park locations. While you are in the area you might want to check out my Places to visit in Ithaca, New York post” for more travel tips!

Niagara Falls

The New York side of the Niagara Falls has to be hands down a MUST-SEE! I would say in my humble opinion it is has better viewpoints than our neighboring Canadian friends. You can walk along side and above these powerful world attractions. If you make the trip, read my My secrets to the New York side of Niagara Falls article to help you plan your day.

Portageville NY

There are so many great State Parks within New York especially the Western New York regions. I wish i could mention them all in the post but I highlighted a few areas to get you started. Many of our adventures took us off the main roads and out finding hidden gems. Take this Wiscoy Falls, pictured above, located in Portageville, New York. I promise this is not something you might be directed to but worth a trip if you are in the area!

Popular Western New York State Parks with Waterfalls

I hope you found this “Popular Western New York State Parks with Waterfalls” post helpful and let us know if you visit them.


  1. amy
    September 28, 2022 / 10:34 am

    Ahhh the waterfalls are all so beautiful, it would be so much fun to go out and see them all!!

  2. September 28, 2022 / 12:25 pm

    Ah I love waterfalls and these all look beautiful! I’ve been lucky enough to visit Niagara Falls, but I’d love to explore more of the spectacular waterfalls in the region! Thanks for the great guide!

  3. September 28, 2022 / 12:41 pm

    I was just talking to a friend about Watkins Glen the other day – I have been wanting to go for ages. But your post has reminded me why! I love Niagara, but have only been to the Canada side.

  4. September 28, 2022 / 12:51 pm

    Amazing! Had no idea there are so many waterfalls in NY. The only one I knew and is still on my bucket list are Niagara falls.

  5. September 29, 2022 / 1:28 am

    This looks absolutely amazing. I’ve been to Niagara, but this looks much more up my alley!

  6. September 29, 2022 / 9:22 pm

    Upstate NY is STUNNING! Having grown up in Southern Ontario where the landscape is similar, I have fond memories of seeking out smaller waterfalls. Great post!