Warmer weather is here and so is the chance to get outside to watch nature blossom! Cattaraugus County, known as the Enchanted Mountains of Western NY, offers fantastic views of the forming leaves on the trees, plenty of places to stop and smell the flowers, and ways to warm up those muscles from a long, cold winter! Check out some of our enchanting major outdoor attractions this spring!
Rock City Park will offer visitors a spectacular view of the Enchanted Mountains from “Signal Rock”, where they can see all the new leaves forming on the trees. Discover 80 feet tall rocks that have been left over from the ice age. Hike the trail that leads under, around and sometimes through these magnificent rocks then check out the souvenir and rock shop or the Fluorescent Light Rock Room.
The grass is always greener at Griffis Sculpture Park, where nature combines with art. Hike along the trail to come upon over 250 enormous sculptures. Adults like the park because it has beauty like no other, while children like the park because you can climb on some of the sculptures! Fun to visit in any season, visitors enjoy feeling the warmth of the sun while resting beside a giant giraffe or by the ladies near the lake.
Warmer weather also means warmer water! Float your boat and soak up the sun along 91 miles of natural shoreline in the Reservoir, launching at Onoville Marina. “Put in” at Onoville Marina, the largest inland marina in New York State. Campsites, dock space and fuel dock are available as well as great dining nearby at the Horseshoe Inn and Kinzoo Grill. View the beautiful scenery of rolling hills, crystal clear water, and wooded areas as you drift or speed along! Boat rentals are available at the Bayview Mini-Mart and Ice Cream Parlor.
With over 65,000 acres, Allegany State Park is the largest state park in New York State and has a multitude of outdoor activities in a year round setting. The two sections of the Park, Red House Area and Quaker Area, offer nature and adventure tourism for those seeking to explore the great outdoors with miles of trails. Take to any of the trail systems for hiking, biking, and horseback riding. Some of the best single-track Mountain Biking in Western NY can be found in the Red House Area at the Art Roscoe Trail System. There are gift shops, a Restaurant, snack areas, and natural attractions such as Stone Tower, Thunder Rocks, and old Fire Towers. Or spend time around the campfire, with your family, connecting to each other.
So get into the Swing of Spring by making a trip to the Enchanted Mountains of Western New York. For free information on any of these activities or events, or to request free travel guides, call 1-800-331-0543 or visit EnchantedMountains.com.