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Old 08-16-2018, 11:33 AM   #1
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Planning Niagara Falls and Letchworth State Park

After a great trip to Yellowstone a few months ago, now we’re planning a Niagara Falls trip first week of October. We are going to do both sides but we will stay in Ontario. Would really like to know about crowd size that time of year. Our plan is to stay at KOA, but Yogi Jellystone is quite a bit cheaper. Are there any good experiences staying there? Or maybe another RV Park? Also going to visit Letchworth State Park. I can't believe we hadn't heard of this park before. It looks stunningly beautiful. Can that Park be done in a couple of days? TIA
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Letchworth can be done in a day if you just want to see the sights. Longer if you want to hike trails. Your problem is that most parks close down around or after Columbus Day weekend. Check on availability and your schedule.

We have stayed at different KOA's and Yogi's and find both reasonable. Partly it depends on what you want. Both will do for a base to work out of. KOA usually has more stuff to do and charges accordingly.

If you are going to stay in Ontario from Alabama make sure you do not have any firearms or ammunition in your coach. If you are not used to border crossings you might be wiser to stay on the NY side and visit the Canadian side with your towed. You will need passports or enhanced drivers licenses to get back into the US.

Both sides have a lot to see and do at their respective parks. The Canadian side has a better commercial district adjacent to the park and does a light show at night. Get some Canadian cash because you will probably need small amounts for small purchases. The banks will give you a much better exchange rate than the local vendors.
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Letchworth can be done in a day if you just want to see the sights. Longer if you want to hike trails. Your problem is that most parks close down around or after Columbus Day weekend. Check on availability and your schedule.

We have stayed at different KOA's and Yogi's and find both reasonable. Partly it depends on what you want. Both will do for a base to work out of. KOA usually has more stuff to do and charges accordingly.

If you are going to stay in Ontario from Alabama make sure you do not have any firearms or ammunition in your coach. If you are not used to border crossings you might be wiser to stay on the NY side and visit the Canadian side with your towed. You will need passports or enhanced drivers licenses to get back into the US.

Both sides have a lot to see and do at their respective parks. The Canadian side has a better commercial district adjacent to the park and does a light show at night. Get some Canadian cash because you will probably need small amounts for small purchases. The banks will give you a much better exchange rate than the local vendors.


Thanks, that’s a lot of information. We have the reservations at Letchworth State Park campsite but deciding on the Niagara RV Park. Failed to mention we wanted full hook ups. We do have passports but have never crossed the border. You answered a lot of questions, thanks a bunch.
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Crossing the border in either direction is easy, just come prepared with passports and watch the food items you cross with.
You can get a list of items not acceptable such as citrus fruit, lamb, eggs etc. online.
Lewiston is our preferred border vs. Fort Erie because I have been hassled several times (common name) at Fort Erie and never at Lewiston.
Seems strange, but fact.
Another good State Park near the border is Four Mile Creek State Park.
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Crossing the border in either direction is easy, just come prepared with passports and watch the food items you cross with.
You can get a list of items not acceptable such as citrus fruit, lamb, eggs etc. online.
Lewiston is our preferred border vs. Fort Erie because I have been hassled several times (common name) at Fort Erie and never at Lewiston.
Seems strange, but fact.
Another good State Park near the border is Four Mile Creek State Park.
Thanks for the heads up on border crossings and food items. I do not want to be hassled. Will definitely check out Four Mile Creek. Can't wait for this trip.
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If you are going to stay in Ontario from Alabama make sure you do not have any firearms or ammunition in your coach.

You just gave my wife a serious chuckle 😂🤣😂🤣 I know you were just offering information...Thanks again
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Here's some good reading by RVers on Niagara Falls both the U.S. and Candian sides.... what to do; where to stay, etc. Note that there are a few separate posts so read them all.

https://wheelingit.us/?s=niagara+falls

As for firearms across the border.... that's a real concern if you carry them. Read the rules.
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As for firearms across the border.... that's a real concern if you carry them. Read the rules.

I wasn’t being facetious and I wasn’t implying it isn’t a serious matter. We are avid gun owners and we keep up with the myriad of laws surrounding them. Wife just thought it was humorous that Alabama seems to be synonymous with guns.
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We stayed at KOA on the Canada side - the bus stops at the park entrance and we never drove our car to the falls.
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Given that NY State proudly passed the most stringent gun legislation in the country it's worth warning folks from other states. Canada is worse.

Just for the record there are at least two full service campgrounds on Grand Island only minutes from the Falls.
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We stayed at KOA on the Canada side - the bus stops at the park entrance and we never drove our car to the falls.


What time of year and how were the crowds? If you don’t mind my asking.
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Given that NY State proudly passed the most stringent gun legislation in the country it's worth warning folks from other states. Canada is worse.

You’re right, it is worth warning other people. That information could very well save someone from having a very bad experience. Thanks again
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The Falls are open all year. It is not unusual to find folks strolling along looking any time of day or night. I know I have been there at odd times and found there were other folks. Peak crowds are when you expect them in July and August and shoulder season weekends. Particularly when the weather is nice.

FWIW the Canadian side tends to have rising mist around some of the sidewalks. It might not be a bad idea to toss a light rain jacket into your backpack. Or you can wing it and see what happens. ;-)
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If you can, try to squeeze in a stay or visit to Watkins Glen State Park in Watkins Glen. Personally think it's even better than Letchworth. Only need one day and try to go through a portion of the Finger Lakes area if you do visit Watkins Glen.
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