Little Rock City Nature Loop Trail is a 0.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Salamanca, New York that features a cave and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Little Rock City is a natural outcrop of conglomerate rock. The start of the loop trail is located at the end of Little Rock City Forest Road at the turn around loop. The trail is marked with yellow DEC Trail discs. This is one of three "rock cities" in Cattaraugus County. The others are Rock City, south of Olean, and Thunder Rocks in Allegany State Park. A "rock city" is a rock formation with large rocks with narrow pathways between the rocks that may resemble city streets to some people. This loop trail winds through the rocks and intersects the Finger Lakes Trail / North Country National Scenic Trail where it can be followed back to the Little Rock City Forest Road, by turning left at the junction. When you reach Little Rock City Road turn left to return to the turn around loop and the end of this hike.
Strenuous, steep and slippery in snow. Great workout and vistas.
A great place for imaginations to run wild!
I hiked to the Rock City following the Finger Lakes Trail (FLT) south from the CCC Camp Seneca Picnic area off of Hungry Hollow Rd. It was a steep climb along a creek through the tornado damaged area, but once you join with the FLT it is very well blazed and pleasant hiking. I rated this as demanding because there was about 8" of unbroken snow on the trail and I had to post-hole it the whole way.