On a clear day a magnificent view awaits the visitor to Luensman Overview Park from the edge of the Allegheny Plateau. Marked here by the Portage Escarpment, one can look out across the broad weep of the Lake Erie Plain, which annually yields a world-class harvest of grapes and other fruit crops; Lake Erie; and Canada's Ontario Province on the far shore.
A fine picnic pavilion, outdoor grills, handicapped-accessible viewing platform, and restrooms are available.
Because of its unique location the Luensman Overview is one of the best places to observe the geologic forces that have shaped the land of Western New York. Much of the plateau's rim here is covered with a thick mantle of glacial debris, broken and ground-up peices of rock that piled up to form a recessional moraine as the Wisconsinan glacier paused here during its retreat some 15,000 years ago.
This also is an outstanding place from which to view the spring migration of birds of prey. Among those that have been observed here include Golden Eagles and Peregrine Falcons. The days between April 20 and May 1 register the largest number and variety of raptors.
The park has open grassy areas and forest in various stages of succession. There is a fine self-guided natural history guide authored by Dr. Thomas Erlandson that guides visitors through the ecology of forestlands, wetlands and along an intermittent stream. The park also offers a pamphlet on the site's geology written by Dr. Richard Gilman.