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Allegany State Park's 65,000 acres is known for its primitive forested valleys, un-glaciated landscape, fall leaves and wildlife. The two developed areas, Red House and Quaker, make this the largest state park in the system. Both areas offer sand beaches, picnic areas, museums, hiking trails and naturalist walks. Walkers and bicycle riders take advantage of the 5 miles of paved trails around Red House. The Art Roscoe Ski Touring Area has some of the finest groomed cross country skiing and mountain bike trails in the Northeast. Snowmobilers are attracted to Allegany State Park for its 90 miles of groomed snowmobile trails and over 150 winterized cabins. Other activities include bird watching, picnicking, fishing, hunting, snowshoeing, canoeing, and horseback riding. Visitors looking for anything from a weekend retreat to an extended vacation are able to choose from Allegany State Park's 424 campsites, 375 cabins and three group camps available for rental. There are year round vacation rental cottages that are fully equipped with the latest conveniences located in both the Red House and Quaker areas. The seven Fancher Cottages are located in the southern part of the Allegany State park, adjacent to Quaker Run Creek and offer guests a unique camping experience. Named for Senator Albert T. Fancher, the "Father of Allegany State Park," each Fancher Cottage (located in the historic Quaker Area of the park) has a bathroom with shower, refrigerator, counter-top range and microwave. The fully accessible cottages sleep six, are furnished and stocked with pillows, bedding, cooking utensils, dishes and coffeemakers. In addition, each cottage has a grill and picnic table outside. Reminiscent of a classic hunting lodge, the Pitt Cottage in the Red House Area offers the same amenities as the Fancher Cottages. 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. Pitt Cottage is not handicapped accessible.

Definitely a moderate trail. My son (6y) and I are new to hiking, so we felt it was not hard but not easy. Very rocky and rooty.

not quite what I was expecting but a nice short walk through the woods, it was nice!

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18 days ago

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27 days ago

Fire Tower is rotted away could not go up tower, very little photo opportunities, pretty disappointing. The trail itself was okay though

hiking
1 month ago

Not much of an actual hiking trail, just a paved path that connects to a few different overlooks. The overlooks have a very nice view of the Allegheny Reservoir down below and in the fall it would be perfect for seeing the leaves change.

hiking
1 month ago

Nicely laid out trail, with very few people encountered. Watched a pair of fishers near Willis creek and encountered a few deer.

We did the fire tower portion of Mount Tuscarora Trail which is approximately 5.2 miles round trip. the first mile or so was pretty steep but we made it through and were rewarded with an easy to moderate hike across the ridge of the mountain to the fire tower. I was expecting to be able to climb the fire tower to get some nice pictures of the surrounding Lake and mountains but the fire tower was run down and even though we could still climb the view is obstructed by many large trees so no photograph opportunity was available. overall the hike was rough for the minimum amount of Photography opportunities. we did get to take a picture of our first sighting of a deer while we were up there and a bright orange mushroom but other than that not a lot to write home about.

http://www.cnyhiking.com/NCT-AlleganyStatePark.htm has the break down of this section of trail we completed. it is 21 miles and we started at the PA/NY border and ended at ASP2 road. There's three lean toos along this section, we started at two of them. I wish i had my GPS at the time or i would have recorded it.

Just hiked about half of this trail yesterday. Don't be scared of the uphill beginning! It's a good climb, but it's beautiful forest under the tree canopy and once you hit he ridge top it's really flat. Because of time constraints and being with an inexperienced hiker, we were planning on just hiking to the fire tower and back. We got maybe 5 minutes away from the tower and a black bear cub popped out into the trail about 100 feet or so ahead of us. We and the cub just froze and looked at each other...we started to back away and he took off and ran. We didn't know where mama was and there was also a storm coming and we could hear thunder, so we just decided to turn around and head back. We maybe got 2 miles deep (4 round trip). Great trail, very very well marked. Can't wait to go back and do the whole thing!