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.