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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.

Always a nice hike, 3.8mi if you hike back on the road while the rest of the party hikes to the store for ice cream :)

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2 months ago

Easy trail with some interesting scenery. Abandoned ski jumps and a judging stand from a long time ago.

Hiked part of the trail with a 3 and 5 year old. Made it in about a mile, just past the “cave.” Cool rock formations throughout. Would definitely like to get back here again ... cool hike.

We hiked this trail on a Saturday morning. The first two miles it was raining, the remainder it stopped. The trail was well kept. We only passed a few people on our way out ( near the ‘bear caves’). We opted to take the roadway back to the trail head as it was a wet mess. Our 4.5 year old son hiked the trail with no issues. I was a bit disappointed as it offered no scenery outside of your typical dense woods and it’s not a loop.

Beautiful trail! The bear caves were very neat to see. My only complaint was that it’s not a loop.

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5 months ago

It was a nice, short walk! However it’s more of a cabin loop than a walk through the forest

Great trail just need better markers.

Saturday, July 01, 2017

I loved this trail!!! The caves at the beginning were awesome and fun to climb on. The rest of the hike was tough but beautiful!

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Monday, June 26, 2017

Despite all the rain overnight this trail remained reasonably dry. Nice hike.

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Friday, October 14, 2016

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.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

great hike

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Thursday, February 20, 2014

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.

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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Bring a headlamp for the caves, and think skinny!

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