Allegany State Park: for many, it’s the beginning of the ultimate end-to-end journey hiking along the Finger Lakes Trail. Here, you’ll wind through the beauty of this southern New York State Park, traversing rolling hills, passing by tranquil meadows and lakes, and venturing into forests filled with towering hardwoods and hemlocks.

Allegany State Park Overview

As New York's largest park, Allegany covers 65,000 acres and 100 square miles across two major segments, including Quaker Area and Red House Area. Year-round, each offers a variety of activities, seasonal events and amenities.

But let's get to the hiking. Traveling through the park, hikers will cover a total of 18 miles along the main Finger Lakes Trail. And with 18 trails totaling 80 miles of potential ground to cover, Allegany's offerings extend beyond the Finger Lakes Trail and are accessible year-round.

Continuing from the North Country National Scenic Trail and the Allegheny National Forest in northern Pennsylvania, the Finger Lakes trail will take hikers north, east, and then north again through Allegany State Park.

After about mile 18, hikers can take the blue trail junction east to Red House Lake, or continue north out of the park and onward to Bucktooth State Forest.

Camping in Allegany State Park

In addition to the state campground site accessible via the blue-blazed trail leading to Red House Lake, there are three main lean-tos in Allegany State Park, including the Willis Creek Lean-to, Stonybrook Lean-to, and the Beck Hall Lean-to.

For more information about the park or to make camping reservations, visit the Allegany State Park website or call 716.354.9121.

Upcoming Events

Phone: (716) 354-9121 Get out of the house and come join in the fun as Allegany State Park launches a new series of hikes called "3rd Saturday Treks." As the name implies, these free, family-friendly hikes will take place on the 3rd Saturday of each month all year long. These treks will be led by park staff, members of the Allegany State Park Friends Group, or Historical Society members and each will focus on a different area of the park. The upcoming 3rd Saturday Trek will take place on December 16th. Join us for a hike through the wintery forest of Allegany at Summit Warming Hut as we explore the Bear Paw hiking trail. Meet at 1:00 PM and come dressed for the weather. Each hike will last approximately two hours. Registration is not required. For more information, visit the Allegany State Park Facebook page or contact Heidi Tschopp at 716-354-9101 x236 or Heidi.tschopp@parks.ny.gov.
Phone: (716) 354-9121 This self-guided hike will start at the Red House Picnic area. Stop by the picnic shelter to sign in, pick up a trail map and a winter scavenger hunt sheet, then make your way along the marked trail past Red House Lake, out to the Arboretum and Butterfly Meadow and finally to Camp Allegany where the Friends of Allegany State Park will provide some hot drinks and warm food from 12:00- 2:00 pm. Hikers who want to go the extra mile (literally) can continue to historic Bova Ski Area. This easy to moderate hike is 3 miles to Camp Allegany or 4 miles to Bova, round trip. Friends of Allegany State Park will provide hot refreshments at Camp Allegany from 12:00– 2:00pm
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