Hot-air balloons add to splendor at best state park in the country

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 25 May 2015 at 12:00 am

Photos by Tom Rivers

CASTILE – Letchworth State Park, which recently was named the best state park in the country in a readers’ choice poll by USA Today, was busy on Sunday night with crowds of people drawn to see hot-air balloons.

There were about 20 of the balloons floating over the park, which is considered “The Grand Canyon of the East.”

There are about 6,000 state parks in the United States. Letchworth in Wyoming County is one of the most scenic areas in the eastern part of the United States.

“The Genesee River runs through a gorge cutting through the park, passing over three magnificent waterfalls along the way,” USA Today states. “Hikers have access to 66 miles of trail, and rafting, kayaking, horseback riding, mountain biking and hot air ballooning are also on offer.”

For more information on Letchworth, click here.

Here are more photos from Sunday’s balloon launch: