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) 354-9101 ext 236 The fun kicks off at 10:00 with a one mile, round trip, guided hike on Red Jacket Trail -this is a continuation of our Third Saturday Trek series. Kids activities run from 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and will feature Sun Painting –weather permitting. This particular activity will run from 10:00-11:00 a.m. Bring a t-shirt to paint, or we will have bandanas available for a $2.00 donation. There will also be a slide presentation from 11:00-11:30 a.m. on the changes in butterfly communities in Allegany State park over an 80-year period. Kids can also build their own butterfly garden to take with them at 11:30 a.m. after the talk! The Allegany State Park Trails Department will be in the lobby of the Administration Building amid the festivities from 10:00 to 12:30 p.m. looking for people interested in the Volunteer Trail Stewardship Program. After lunch, from 1:00-4:00 p.m. join the ASP Trails Department and our Volunteer Trail Stewards as we clear the Red House bike path of any encroaching brush. Meet in the Red House Administration Building's great room. On-going during this event, participants can test their skills at Nature Trivia, color, and check out various displays such as non-biodegradable plastics, and DDT.
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