There are few outdoor areas in the country that can even come close to the beauty that Upstate New York has to offer. The area of land between Albany and Buffalo has incredible views as far as the eye can see, and whether you like hiking, hunting or something in-between, there's truly something for every nature enthusiast to enjoy.

That's why it should come as no surprise that, once again, the outdoor environment in Upstate New York has been recognized as being among the nation's best.

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Upstate New York State Park Recognized Among Nation's Best for Hikers

A story from New York Upstate shared details from a list published by outdoor news magazine Outside, which released its rankings of the 14 best state parks for hiking in the country. No one from our area will be surprised to learn that an Upstate New York state park made the list, as the first one to be listed was Letchworth State Park in Castile, NY.

The "Grand Canyon of the East" produces views that you simply cannot find anywhere else in the country. 600-foot cliff walls are met by miles of winding river, with acres of trees lining the valley as far as the eye can see.

Take a look at the map below to get a better sense of just how massive this state park is:

As mentioned by NY Upstate, other state parks that were ranked along Letchworth with were Ricketts Glen State Park in Pennsylvania, Big Bend Ranch State Park in Texas and Castle Rocks State Park in Idaho.

The weather is still picture-perfect for a summertime hike in Upstate New York, so if you haven't checked out Letchworth State Park yet, visit the New York state parks website to begin planning your trip today.

Scroll below to see ten incredible photos of the world-renowned Letchworth State Park!

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