Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails in Allegany State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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muddy
20 days ago

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muddy
20 days ago

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23 days ago

Fantastic easy trail but a good length to get a bit of cardio going. Beautiful falls colors but slightly past peak today. Trail in great condition even after yesterday’s all day rain.

One of the nicest trails in the park. The trail is an easy hour and a half hike with the plus of being a loop trail. Survey border between New York and Pennsylvania can be found around the halfway point.

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1 month ago

Nice easy trail. Clean path with nice changes of elevation. recomend for all ages.

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2 months ago

Allegany State Park Trail 7 Mostly single lane, quite loop trail walk through the woods. Approximately 1.5 hr hike

on Sweetwater Loop

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2 months ago

Fire Tower is a good feature and history boards are too. Nice trail with only a few easy changes in elevation. A great morning or evening stroll. Decent birding area.

Our favorite trail so far. Went in on the right and coming out on the other side was very slick and bad footing to come off hill. Poor tree sapling is the only thing to hold onto without slipping on the mud and will not last long. Great trail with bridges and stone walkways. Very woodsy.

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2 months ago

Nice easy trail. Wide open. Not very woodsy in parts but great spots to view the mountains around you.

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2 months ago

Great hike. Big elevation gains either way you go but well marked lots to see. Keep an eye out for the rock that looks like a bears face

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bugs
muddy
2 months ago

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muddy
2 months ago

good trail. well kept easy to follow and the climbs aren't too steep.

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4 months ago

Well-maintained and extraordinarily well-marked trail — you won’t get lost here. From the trailhead and looping around, we logged 1.72 miles and it took us about an hour and 20 minutes (that’s for two athletic females ~30 and our dog). I’d recommend going left when the trail splits into the initial loop. Both ways have an incline, but the right side seemed muddier, so having that on the way back was easier to tackle downhill. Wear bug spray. Really conveniently located near the McInstosh cabins and Red House Lake.

Hiking shoes and long pants a must for this trail! A large part of the trail is often narrow for one person and overgrown with brush so it can be uncomfortable with some minor thorns and prickly brush. INCREDIBLY muddy in some parts - several times my shoes were just completely submerged and due to thick tree coverage unlikely to ever dry completely. A couple of stream crosses and mossy rocks could make this trail hard to navigate for certain people. As others have said, not entirely maintained but we didn’t mind as it made us feel like we were in nature. Be mindful of ticks and poison ivy. we took the cabin entrance. At the parking lot across from the lake, take the paved trail between the basketball court and the picnic tables, at the end, take a left on a dirt road and follow the cabins wrapping up the hill. Keep going and the trail head will be the left after a short walk. All trail map is excellent to get you there. The other entrance is across the large field to the right of the parking lot (if looking with the lake at your back). Walk away from the picnic tables and basketball courts (toward the lake’s playground) and you’ll find the large main entrance.

As others have stated, this trail (bee hunter) is probably way better when it’s dry. I expected some mud due to a recent rainfall, but it was really rough going. The mosquitos were ravenous as well. The trail was well marked with what looked like new blazes. Cabin side trailhead is a steep incline, a nice ridge trail, and a long meandering backside. We logged closer to 6.5 miles. I look forward to hitting this trail again after a long dry spell.

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4 months ago

Trail had was definitely steeper and muddier going to the right heading up. While my 5 year old was a trooper my husband thought I was trying to give him an asthma attack. You don’t get any vistas or spectacular views but the woods are quiet, they are easy to enjoy looking through and checking out rocks, large trees and nature. The teepee was neat to see but i feel that my husband thought there was a full service restaurant there (ok just a mild exaggeration but he thought it would be more) so i give it a four star for my son and I and the husband docks it a star. I’d hike it again

Nice trail, weather damage recent on the trail. Needs to be more clearly marked where it diverges from the equine trail.

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closed
5 months ago

Closed today due to storm damage

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closed
5 months ago

Closed today due to storm damage

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closed
5 months ago

Closed today due to storm damage

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closed
5 months ago

Closed today due to storm damage

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muddy
over grown
5 months ago

DO NOT RECOMMEND UNLESS AVID HIKER LOOKING FOR CHALLENGING CONDITIONS. I hiked this trail (also known as the Beehunter trail) in June 2019 and found it to be challenging for several reasons: 1. The trail is very narrow (about 1-1.5 feet wide) in many areas, and lined with tall grass (be prepared for ticks) and in some areas, poison ivy. 2. I encountered large stretches of the trail that were incredibly muddy (2-4 inches of mud, enough to soak your shoes), with little opportunity to hike around the mud. Between the mud, fallen leaves, and steep terrain in some areas, it was very challenging to navigate (potentially dangerous to some hikers) and easy to slip. 3. The trail is not well maintained--I encountered at least half a dozen knocked down trees that crossed over the trail. 4. The map at the park does not do a great job highlighting the entrance & exit to the trail. Although it is a loop, the entrance and exit are in slightly different areas. 5. Some signs say the trail is 5.8 miles. The entrance sign at the park said it is 6.5 miles, which I believe is more accurate, but unclear.

hiking
5 months ago

Totally flooded when I did it. Would like to go back when it’s drier.

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