Visit the Quaker Area if you're interested in swimming in two lakes and laying out on a beach. Enjoy a variety of wildlife and plants here, allowing you to lose yourself in nature. This area also has places for you and your family to play sports, like at the baseball fields, volley ball courts and tennis courts.
Red House Area
The Red House Area is also a great place to swim and lay out, though this area has Red House Lake and beaver ponds. Additionally, you'll find the red administration building in this area, which is next to bike paths, snowmobile trails and places to exercise (similar to the Quaker Area).
There is a vehicle entrance fee to get into both the Quaker Area and Red House Area. Pets are allowed but must be on a leash; they're not allowed inside buildings. The state park is around 40 minutes away from our marina.
This park is full of interesting birds for you to spot, so bring a pair of binoculars and start looking and listening! The coolest birds you can have the opportunity of finding here include:
Hiking & Horseback Riding
Some of the best hikes to do in this state park include:
Beehunter - Red House Lake Area Trail - moderate, 5.8 miles
Blacksnake Mountain Trail - easy, 2.7 miles
Bear Caves and Mount Seneca Trail - moderate, 4.4 miles
Sweetwater Loop - easy, 3.3 miles
Conservation Trail - moderate, 5.3 miles
You can go horseback riding on 55 miles of interconnecting trails that are at a great level for horses. Enjoy the gorgeous woodlands of the park on the back of a horse.
Cruise across the powdery snow of the various mountains scattered throughout Allegany State Park. You'll find various trails on Mount Seneca, Mount Oneida, Blacksnake Mountain, Mount Irvine and Mount Cayuga. You can also join a snowmobiling club like the NYS Snowmobile Club or any of the other clubs scattered throughout Cattaraugus County.
If you have a permit or hunting license, then you should hunt in Allegany State Park. You can hunt for big game, small game and waterfowl!
Because this state park has so many bodies of water or is only a short drive away from bodies of water, the park is a great place for boating enthusiasts. Head out to Red House Lake for a fun day in the sun; water ski, wakeboard, knee board and more while out on the lake. You can also go fishing on the Allegheny River or Number Two Reservoir if you have your permit.
Favorite places to visit
Allegany State Park is one of my most favorite places to visit. The scenery is great, with plenty of hiking trails, three lakes, and multiple creeks to explore. Visit the Red House Administration Building, with a museum, gift shop, and a nice sitting area. Other park sites to see are the Stone Tower, Thunder Rocks, the Bear Caves, and the firetower.
-Jason Eagan, Google Reviews
Much fun to be had
This is our absolute favorite place to go. There is so much fun to be had. The new playgrounds are glorious for the children, the beaches are great for the kids, we spend all day long in the creeks catching crawfish, just to let them go later. We love seeing all of the wildlife.
-Erica Rebmann, Google Reviews
Beautiful park with fantastic views. Hiking trails, fishing, boating, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, ice skating, sledding, camping and picnicking! Lovely administration building with a museum, restaurant, and gift shop. Check dates for seasonal activities.