Located on the western edge of the Finger Lakes region, Livingston County is home to two pristine lakes, Hemlock and Conesus, and two magnificent state parks, Stony Brook, located in Dansville at the southern tip of the county, and Letchworth State Park, known affectionately as “The Grand Canyon of the East.” Letchworth State park was recently named the number one state park in the country! Summer guests can hike, bike, picnic, swim in the Olympic-sized pool, or if you are feeling adventurous - go white water rafting on the Genesee River or float over it in a hot air balloon! Miles of snowmobile trails are available to winter adventurers, and autumn visitors will never forget the views created by the diverse variety of trees filling the expanse of the Genesee River gorge with a colorful palette ranging from golden amber to magenta. At the peak of foliage perfection, Letchworth State Park hosts its annual Columbus weekend Arts and Crafts Show and Sale where you can see and be inspired by the work of juried artists, sculptors, and painters.
Visitors to Stony Brook State Park will find 568 acres surrounding a scenic gorge cut by Stony Brook Creek. Campers and hikers will enjoy the park’s three large waterfalls and many smaller ones. While you are in Dansville, be on the lookout for fairies! Dansville is the first community in Western New York to install a Fairy Door Trail running through its business district and into the village park. You and your little ones will be delighted by the tiny, intricate passageways to a world of magic. Sixteen historic district businesses showcase lovingly designed fairy doors. At each business, fairy hunters can receive a map leading them through the trail. Dansville is also the location of the oldest chapter of the American Red Cross.
Livingston County is also proud to be the home of the National Warplane Museum and Airshow, recently chosen by USA Today as one of the best air shows in the country! The museum features restored, antique aircraft with knowledgeable docents who will happily share their love of aviation history with you. If you have always dreamed of soaring above the clouds, plane rides are available that will take you over our beautiful rural farmlands, woodlands, and “The Little Finger Lakes”, Conesus and Hemlock.
For the grown up’s in the group, the craft beverage industry is booming. Follow the Livingston Libation Loop to visit local wineries, breweries and cideries that will introduce you to the subtle flavors that make Livingston County beverages so distinct. For a more family-friendly adventure, take on the challenge of visiting every one of the 16 ice cream parlors on the Livingston Ice Cream CONEction Trail.
Livingston County also hosts over 40 summer festivals and events, and is a hub for live music with free concerts held every night at different venues around the county. With over 100 restaurants, more than 30 unique accommodation options, 31,000 acres of parkland and 150 miles of trails, you should make it your next vacation destination!