The Red House Area is known for the historic tudor-style Administration Building and everything centrally located around the Red House Lake. It offers 5 miles of paved bike paths, boat and bike rentals, a sandy beach for swimming, fishing and snowmobiling. Feel free to exercise by walking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, playing softball tennis, horse shoes or even a game of volleyball. The Administration Building features a natural history museum, regional headquarters and a gift shop. Thunder Rocks is an impressive bedrock city that allows for the nature lover to see the hidden beauty that this park is known for. The Stone Tower structure shows vistas of the rolling hills of mature forests. The many beaver ponds are a good place to observe the diversity of wildlife located in the park. Campers are offered anything from a weekend retreat to an extended vacation with a total of 130 campsites, 144 cabins, 128 of them winterized and three group camps for rent. The Pitt Cottage is Allegany's vacation rental. Reminiscent of a classic hunting lodge, the cottage offers the same amenities as the Fancher Cottages in the Quaker Area. One outstanding feature of the Pitt Cottage is its gas burning stone fireplace. Located on Allegany State Park Rte. 2, the cottage is adjacent to Congdon Trail and three miles from the Administration Building. Please note: Pitt Cottage is not accessible.

3 months ago

This is a nice excursion for anyone who is staying in Allegany State Park for a picnic or camping. It has a trail that is easy to follow, and with no significant obstacles. This is a very family-friendly kind of trail. It is a typical walk through the forest, with no spectacular views to mention.

The more significant views in this area are near the trail head. Nearby Red House Lake is scenic and tranquil lake, although it can get pretty crowded during the summer.

For this hike, park at the lodge which is south of Red House Lake. Make sure to stop in the lodge to see some of the history of the region or get something to eat in the restaurant upstairs.

4 months ago

great hike

If you start at the trail head it's a great mild hike up to the caves. The trail is well established and easy to follow. If you are with kids or just feel like doing a quick stop to just see the bear caves you go to the end of the trail on the road and just hike a mile or so back to the bear caves. It's easy to find along the road because most of the time there's multiple cars parked there. But if you enjoy the hike and feeling like you worked your way into the woods to get there i recommend doing the full trail.

Bring a headlamp for the caves, and think skinny!