While the national buzz on Buffalo weather may be all about harsh winters and snow, those who live here know the incredible value of all four seasons. Perhaps none of the Western New York seasons proves as rich as autumn, when crisp temperatures, apple cider, and changing leaves surround us.
The breathtaking scenery deserves to be experienced first hand. Yes, winter is around the corner, but there’s still so much outdoor activity to squeeze in before the snow flakes fly. Here are two outdoor adventures to can take in the next few weeks and a brewery adventure to take the edge off.
Autumn doesn’t last long enough.
Falling Leaves and Waterfalls in Letchworth State Park
You should not live a lifetime in Western New York and never stroll through Letchworth State Park. Often billed as “The Grand Canyon of the East,” Letchworth is beautiful year-round, but especially in October and November when the leaves paint the hills all different beautiful colors. The park’s famous Gorge Trail is a great hike to take in this season as it offers a mostly level 9.2 miles that takes hikers by three roaring waterfalls. Those not feeling up for 9 miles can pick up the trail at other points to enjoy whatever distance feels right for them. Hikers can even make a weekend out of it with an overnight stay at the Glen Iris Inn, a beautiful country inn where you can hear the waterfalls roar as you sleep. The park is beautiful, the hike rejuvenating and the views – especially in the fall – breathtaking.
Rolling hills, calm water, and fall colors. Quaker Lake – Allegheny State Park, NY
Scale Mini Boulders in Allegany State Park
Allegany State Park is a gem for outdoor lovers in Western New York. Hike, bike, swim, run, cross country ski, camp – it’s all there for you to enjoy. One of the park’s awesome surprises – and a phenomenal place to enjoy fall leaves – is Thunder Rocks. If you’re unfamiliar, Thunder Rocks is a rock city full of huge rocks that you can climb, hike through, study and more. It’s a great place for adults, kids and families alike to explore. Find time this fall to visit Thunder Rocks and bring sneakers with strong tread and a climbing wall – it’s an experience you won’t forget.
The Beer. Never Forget the Beer.
42 North Brewery, 25 Pine Street, East Aurora, NY 14052
Letchworth and Allegany aren’t in the same area, but they’re all within an hour and a half of Buffalo. And, if you’re looking for good beer on your way home, find your way to 42 North Brewery in East Aurora after any of these adventures. One of the hottest local breweries going right now 42 North offers great ways to quench your thirst including their Creekside Session IPA – a beer named for the perfect areas to hike, bike and play in our region –the (my favorite) Borderland IPA or the Wallonia Wit which achieves a unique flavor by combining wheat and barley with orange peel, coriander and other delicious spices.