Upper East

UPPER EAST: Upstate New York Gorges


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They don’t say Ithaca is Gorges for nothing. Much of New York State’s landscape was carved by receding glaciers forming long, narrow lakes, rivers and accompanying gorges made of limestone, sandstone, and the hotly debated Marcellus Shale. Over the last year I’ve visited a few different state parks featuring some of these unique gorges: Letchworth State Park, which is considered the “Grand Canyon of the East;” Thacher State Park, which is one of the best fossil bearing formations in the country; and Chittenango Falls State Park.

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