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Letchworth: Dam to Hogsback

Interesting views from the east side, with lots of trees to identify and poison ivy to marvel at (and avoid!). Easy 2-mile hike with potential for seeing deer along the trail.

Most everyone who visits Letchworth State Park experiences the west side’s Park Road. Here’s your chance to see the park in a totally different way - from the East Side (a.k.a. the “quiet side”). We will start our hike on the Finger Lakes Trail, right by the Mt. Morris Dam. From here we will hike a short distance (0.9 miles) to the Hogsback, the last big curve in the Genesee River before it leaves the park. We’ll have a slow pace and discuss how this part of the park came into existence, dam facts, tree identification, point out poison ivy and enjoy the smells of each season. This is an easy hike, but there are exposed tree roots along with slight climbs and descents.

Difficulty: Gentle, almost entirely flat.

Distance: 1.8 miles

Private Tours: Group tours are scheduled for Friday’s, but private tours are available. Call us for availability.

Refund/Cancellation policy: This hike is rain or shine. For all day hikes you may cancel up to twenty four (24) hours before start time for a full refund. If hike is canceled by Trail Otter due to adverse weather conditions, you will have the option to reschedule or a full refund.

Where to Meet: We ask that you meet us at the Mt. Morris Dam Visitor Center parking lot on Visitor Center Road in Mt. Morris. This location is on the east side of Letchworth, and off Mt. Morris-Nunda Road (or Chapel St. in Mt. Morris). Please meet twenty minutes before your scheduled hike to ensure liability forms are complete and you are prepared for the hike.

What to Bring/Wear: Depending on the weather, bring seasonally appropriate clothing. Avoid cotton, especially socks - wool or synthetic socks are best. Bring a change of footwear and socks for your car ride home just in case it is wet or muddy. Bring water for hydration. If you are accustomed to using hiking poles for balance, they will work great for this hike.

Summer & Early Fall: we highly recommend long pants, as there are plants that may make you very itchy.

Winter & Early Spring: Microspikes or similar products and/or snowshoes may be required. We will advise you conditions and requirements before your cold weather adventure.

Dogs: We love ‘em, but unfortunately they are not allowed on this hike. Bikes are allowed on this trail and it reduces the risk of injury to your dog and others.