Autumn Hiking

Photo by Amelia Stash

The Genesee Naturalist announces the Autumn Guided Hike Programs in Letchworth State Park and the Genesee State Parks Region

Autumn offers a kaleidoscopic of color in Letchworth State Park and it’s the ideal time to venture deep into nature for its beauty, peace, quiet and serenity.

Nearly 70 miles of hiking trails are open for exploration in the park and along with programs that interpret this natural wonderland, the ‘color season’ is the ultimate time for a visit.

The Genesee Naturalist is a comprehensive quarterly publication that announces the guided hikes, lectures and programs offered throughout the year in Letchworth State Park and the Genesee Region. A calendar of events format lists a variety of narrated hikes through the park and programs at the new Humphrey Nature Center.

The Naturalist is also beautifully illustrated, includes articles on flora and fauna and history within the park and region and is a resource for a variety of regional outdoor locations for family-oriented activities.

In addition to programming that takes place all year long, the autumn addition introduces a new, interactive series called “Friday Frolic.”  Park Naturalist Douglas Bassett, a 45-year veteran of Letchworth State Park will explore the Humphrey Nature Center and nearby areas based on the interests of each week’s participants.  All ages are welcome and encouraged to bring show-and-tell items for discussion and interpretation.

Another popular program is called the “Crepuscular Walk.” Experience the changing colors and moods in nature during the blending zone of daylight and “nighlight.”  A park naturalist guides this unique tour and sky gazing is encouraged.

The Genesee Naturalist is supported, in part, by patron donations and is available in several park locations.  For further information on having The Genesee Naturalist mailed to you and how to support the effort of The Naturalist, call Letchworth State Park 585-493-3600.  For information about New York State Parks, please visit our website at


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