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Ultimate Guide to Hiking in Allegany State Park

Activities, Adventure, City Guide, Family Friendly, Fitness, Wellness

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Written by Nora Hassan

Published on January 13, 2021
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Quaker Lake – Allegany State Park, NY / #hashtagstepoutbuffalo photo x @matthewdigati

As we still forge through our Buffalo winter, we have no problem looking ahead to spring. The best activity of the warming weather: Hiking. While admittedly you can hike during all seasons (winter at your own risk), we have rounded up a complete guide to hiking specifically in Allegany State Park–one of WNY’s most ideal locations for a day or weekend of outdoor activity. For hiking trails within a short car ride, Allegany is the perfect spot.

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Allegany State Park is a gem of the region being the largest New York State park. All 18 trails cover 80+ miles for you to hike and explore. For those who do love a winter hike, these trails are typically year-round including groomed snowmobile trails. Activities besides hiking include cross-country skiing trails, horseback riding trails, and snowmobile trails. Not only is the park great for everyone but it is especially well suited for families and pets with a wide array of trails to choose from and several different activities and nature spots for kids and adults to explore alike. From fall foliage to spring flowers, Allegany is a great spot to explore. When you set out to conquer these beautiful hiking trails, make sure you check updated park information and acquire trail maps to plan your trip.

We have taken all of the Allegany hiking trails and organized them into categories so you can get exactly what you’re looking for. From distance to family-friendly outings, see what works best for you below!

Trail Maps are available at the park rental offices and additional information can be found at NYS website.

Did we miss one? Email us at editorial@stepoutbuffalo.com!

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Best View

  • Blacksnake Mountain Trail
  • Bear Caves and Mount Seneca Trail
  • Osgood Trail
  • Sweetwater Loop
  • Three Sisters Trail
  • Conservation Trail
  • Bearpaw Trail

 

Family Friendly Trails

  • Blacksnake Mountain Trail
  • Sweetwater Loop
  • Bearpaw Trail
  • Quaker Lake
  • Red Jacket
  • Butterfly Meadow

 

Dog-Friendly Trails

  • Beehunter Trail
  • Blacksnake Mountain Trail
  • Osgood Trail
  • Sweetwater Loop
  • Eastwood Meadows Trail

*Family-Friendly Trails above are likely dog-friendly as well

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Less Than 5 Miles

  • Bear Caves-Mt. Seneca (4.0 Miles)
  • Black Snake Mountain (3.0 Miles)
  • Three Sisters (2.5 Miles)
  • Red Jacket (2.0 Miles)
  • Osgood (2.5 Miles)
  • Conservation Trail (4.0 Miles)
  • Patterson (3.5 Miles)
  • Christian Hollow Loop (4.0 Miles)
  • Sweetwater (2.5 Miles)
  • Snowsnake Run (4.9 Miles)

 

5 Miles or More

  • Beehunter (6.5 Miles)
  • North Country Trail (ASP Section) (20 Miles)
  • Mt. Tuscarora (5.0 Miles)
  • Ridgerun (5.0 Miles)
  • Leonard Run Loop (5.0 Miles)

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Beginner

  • Blacksnake Mountain Trail
  • Sweetwater Loop
  • North Country Trail: Coon Run Road to Lean-to
  • Bearpaw Trail
  • Bridal Falls
  • Quaker Lake
  • Red Jacket
  • Butterfly Meadow
  • Allegany MTB Loop

 

Advanced

  • Beehunter: Red House Lake Area Trail
  • Mount Tuscarora Trail
  • Bear Caves and Mount Seneca Trail
  • Christian Hollow Loop
  • Osgood Trail
  • Three Sisters Trail
  • Conservation Trail
  • Eastwood Meadows Trail
  • Snowsnake Run To Patterson Loop
  • Flagg Hiking Trail

For more information on these trails visit alltrails.com or for an online guide to the hiking trails visit enchantedmountains.com/trails/allegany.

Did we miss one? Email us at editorial@stepoutbuffalo.com!

Written by <a href="https://stepoutbuffalo.com/author/norah/" target="_self">Nora Hassan</a>

Written by Nora Hassan

Nora is studying Marketing and Fashion Business at Canisius College and FIT. She's really into local art and murals and always love to try new things!
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