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Allegany State Park, Salamanca

Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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4.3/5 based on 140+ reviews on the web
Allegany State Park is a state park in western New York State, located in Cattaraugus County just north of Allegheny National Forest in Pennsylvania. The park is divided into two sections: The Red House Area and the Quaker Run Area. It lies within the Allegheny Highlands forests ecoregion.The Red House Area is the northern half of Allegany State Park. The Red House area's attractions include Stone Tower, the Summit Fire Tower, Red House Lake, Bridal Falls, and the Art Roscoe Ski Area. This section also contains 5mi of paved bike trails and 130 camp sites. The Red House area is the location of the Administration Building for the park.The Quaker area is the southern section of the park. Its attractions include Quaker Lake, the Mount Tuscarora Fire Tower, hiking trails, Science lake, Bear Caves, Thunder Rocks, the Quaker Amphitheater, and several campsites. The Cain Hollow campground is located on the Quaker side of the park.Allegany State Park was named as a top "Amazing Spot" in the nation in 2007. It has also been referred to as "the wilderness playground of Western New York."HistoryThe 64800acre Allegany State Park began on May 2, 1921, when an Act of the New York State Legislature approved the purchase of two tracts of land in the Quaker Run Valley. The act provided $25,000 in state funds for the purchase of land, provided that an equal amount in private funds be raised first. The first tract, consisting of 7020acre of land belonging to the heirs of Amasa Stone, was purchased for $31,500 on June 18, 1921. The second tract consisted of 150acre of land and buildings adjacent to the Stone Estate. The price for this property was $4,300. The park was formally dedicated on July 30, 1921.
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  • If you want to stay in a cabin, there are many options with varying levels of amenities, but you'll need to plan ahead to get a reservation. As a day visitor, you pay a very modest entry fee and can e...  read more »
  • A gorgeous, well-maintained state park. An absolutely beautiful place to bike, hike, or canoe/kayak. Bike and boat rentals are available (though i think only on weekends during the fall), but even a h...  read more »
  • This was our first trip to the park during the summer. We took the Red House exit off the highway and we were in the park very quickly. All the roads are well maintained and marked. First we visited t...  read more »
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