Launch Site

balloon site sign

LAUNCH SITE: We launch from the Middle - Upper Falls picnic area at the south end of the park, next to the snack bar. Turn on Upper - Middle Falls Road, just south of the Glen Iris.

We are located in Western New York at the south end of Letchworth State Park, near the Glen Iris Inn. Approximate one hour drive from either the Rochester or the Buffalo International airports. Please arrive at your designated time. Rest rooms are located at our launch site.

IMPORTANT! If you enter Letchworth from one of the northern entrances, head south on the main park road and turn left at Upper - Middle Falls Road, just past the Glen Iris Inn. Please adhere to the park speed limits (25 and 40 mph). Numerous deer are crossing the roads right at our flight times. Please drive safely!

Directions to Portageville Park Entrance


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DRIVING DIRECTIONS: Click Here for driving directions.

GPS USERS: Park roads and entrances are incorrect on GPS "Tom Toms" etc. If you need to use one, plug in Portageville, NY, 14536. Our launch site is at 42 34.939 N 078 02.719 W degrees.

FROM ROCHESTER: Rt. 390 south to exit 7 (Mt. Morris), turn left to Main St. then left on Main (Rt. 36) and first right on Rt. 408 south 11 miles to Nunda. Turn right (west) at traffic light on Rt. 436, go past the Letchworth "Parade Grounds" entrance and go through Portageville. Turn right on Rte. 19A. The Portageville entrance is closed until 2018. Pass the entrance and turn right on Denton Corners Road. Enter the park and turn right on the Park Road. Continue past the Glen Iris Inn and turn left on Upper-Middle Falls Road. We have a small brown building by the south parking lot.

FROM BUFFALO: Take Rt. 400 south to the East Aurora exit. Turn left on Rt. 20A to Warsaw. Right on Rt. 19 (Main St.). Continue and turn left on to Rt. 19A. Just past Castile turn left on Denton Corners Rd. at the "Letchworth Park" sign. Continue into the park to the main park road and turn right and pass the Glen Iris Inn. Turn left at Upper-Middle Falls Road immediately after the inn's parking lot. We have a small brown building by the south parking lot.

FROM CORNING/ELMIRA: Rt. 86 (former Rt. 17) west to 390 north to exit 4, Dansville. Left on Rt. 36, left on Jefferson St. then left on Rt. 436 west through the Village of Nunda. Pass the Letchworth "Parade Grounds" entrance and go through Portageville. Right on Rt. 19A. The Portageville entrance is closed until 2018. Pass the entrance and turn right on Denton Corners Road. Enter the park and turn right on the Park Road. Continue past the Glen Iris Inn and turn left on Upper-Middle Falls Road. We have a small brown building by the south parking.