New York state is home to nearly 200 state parks. From sandy waterfront beaches to forests filled with caves and waterfalls, the abundance of options can sometimes become overwhelming when trying to decide which park to visit next. You've probably already been to Watkins Glen, Minnewaska, and Niagra Falls, and now it's time to explore a state park hiding in the southwestern corner of the state, Allegheny.
Allegany State Park is simply massive. At just over 101 square miles in size, this state park is one of New York's best and biggest and there is so much to see here. The park is divided into 2 sections for easier management–The Red House Area and the Quaker Area. Keep reading to learn more.
Located along the Pennsylvania border in the town of Salamanca, Allegany is not too far from I-86 making it fairly easy to get to no matter where you are located.
There is so much to explore in both areas of the park that you might as well make your visit a multi-day trip.
The Red House Area is known for its centralized location along Red House Lake. The lake is surrounded by a sandy beach, 5 miles of paved biking trails, a volleyball net, tennis courts, and a baseball field. This area is also home to a distinctive Tudor-style Administration Building where you can find everything from park information to a gift shop, and even a natural history museum.
Red House features a few unique rock formations that make for an exciting day of exploration. Thunder Rocks is one of New York's oddest geological wonders. Covered in moss and vine, hikers are able to climb atop these ancient rocks to take in the sweeping views that surround them.
Be sure to check out the charming covered bridge and Stone Tower while you're in this section of the park. This historic structure was built in the 1930s and offers visitors beautiful scenic views of the rolling hills and forest.
The Quaker Area is located in Allegany's southern section and is most known for its two beautiful lakes and amazing campgrounds. They are home to a sandy beach for swimming, two fishing piers, and a boat launch. In addition to these lakes, The Quaker Area also features a series of unique hiking trails that will take you past scenic vistas and through naturally formed caves. In terms of recreational activities, you could easily spend the entire day enjoying all the playing fields the Quaker Area has to offer, from shoe pits to volleyball nets and tennis courts, this section of the park is packed with an endless list of things to do and see.
If you're looking to spend the night, the Quaker Area may be your best bet. This section of the park is home to two campgrounds that offer a total of 189 campsites, 7 rental cottages, and 230 cabins–some of which are winterized.
Allegany State Park is open year-round making it a fantastic place to camp during any season–even winter. The park remains open to visitors 24/7 and is located at 2373 ASP, US-1 in Salamanca, NY 14779.