Explore the most popular forest 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.

Steep climb up in the beginning and the fire tower was a cool place to take a break. Being a teenager, I climbed up the firetower when it was wet. Don't do it, theres nothing up there other than graffiti. There is no shortcut in the trail like I thought so I did the whole trail and it was beautiful. Be sure to have a ride waiting for you because it was a long trudge back to the campground for me.

We did a small part of this about six months ago and came back to do from the PA line to ASP 3. There was about 8 inches of fresh snow on the trail, and parts of it had deep mud under the snow, so it was slow and slippery. We recalled the trail being pretty clear to see when there isn't snow, but with the ground covered it wasn't always easy to find where we were meant to go. At about the 6.5 mile mark the blazes disappeared. We spent quite a while trying to find any markers, but ended up having to bushwhack our way downhill to the Mt. Tuscarora trail to take us back to the road and our car. There were footprints in the snow from a few other people who had also wandered around trying to find where the trail continued (and failing). It's a pretty forest trail when you can find it.

Beautiful forest trail. There was 12-18 inches of snow on the trail the day we did it, so really slow going. Covered in snow, it was hard in some places to figure out where the trail was. We've done this trail in the summer as well and the trail is easy to find when it's not covered in snow. Note that the trail is marked, both at the trailhead and on the trail markers, as the Beehunter trail. The full loop is also about 6.5 miles rather than 5.3.

great easy trail. really nice for family treks

hiking
8 months ago

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

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.

hiking
9 months ago

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!

hiking
9 months ago

This is the Mt. Tuscarora Trail in the Allegany State Forest in the Southern Tier. It's a nice little hike up to a fire tower which you would have to be crazy to climb yet based on the graffiti some have. Not much in the way of views but it is still nice with the sun shining through the leaves.

Great trail in a beautiful area of the park. Steep climb to start the trail with overall elevation gain for the first half of the trail, with the back half being primarily downhill. Very well defined trail, nearly impossible to get lost. Dirt trail, so it can be very muddy (and will be if it has rained within the past few days), which pushes the difficulty up. Highly recommended.

hiking
Sunday, May 21, 2017

Nice hike though, all the uphill was rough for a beginning hiker. Chipmunks everywhere! We did not see any other wildlife besides LOTS of bugs. Quite a few big rocks for picture taking if hiking in a group. Otherwise, very serene hike. Only a few muddy spots.

backpacking
Thursday, April 06, 2017

I entered by thw quaker lake trail head.nice jaunt through some beautiful country. Gets kinda steep at the top so be experienced if you have a heavier pack. other than that not to bad great views when the leaves are gone.

hiking
Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Nice trail! Kicked my butt as it's pretty much just up 700 feet (in a bit over a mile) and right back on down. The trail itself is not always obvious but the markers are very frequent and easy to follow. I went after some rain and there were only a few muddy sections at around 1800 ft. Chipmunks everywhere! I didn't see another person the entire time on the trail (weekday afternoon in March), and really hardly any people in the entire park.

hiking
Sunday, March 26, 2017

Pretty fun trail in the woods - easy to enjoy the sounds of songbirds and woodpeckers

backpacking
Wednesday, February 22, 2017

I parked at the trailhead at Quaker Lake and used this trail as my connection the the North Country Trail for a 2 day backpacking trip on the NCT. As the other reviewers have said the first mile is all up. not too bad but the last like 200 yards are no joke lol. But overall it was a nice trail with some nice views along the way.

hiking
Monday, January 23, 2017

this trail is up the hill around the top and back down. be ready to hike up the mountain!

mountain biking
Thursday, November 24, 2016

The downhill portion of the trails r a blast and the up hills are an incredible accomplishment.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Great trail without the leaves you can enjoy quite the view

hiking
Tuesday, October 25, 2016

my 1st trail in ASP. Arrived late in day so no fee.

hiking
Sunday, October 16, 2016

Great trail, well marked. Only saw a couple of people. Beware of the acorns in the fall!!!! Would definitely come back and walk it again.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Definitely a good trail- very nice hike. I would rate this trail as moderate in difficulty.

Monday, September 19, 2016

tough initial climb, relatively simple hike across ridge thereafter. few spectacular views, but a solid hike.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Good range of terrains, secluded trail, beautiful forest scenery. Trail spans 3 mountains with several good ascents and descents. I would rate challenge level as moderate. Get out and hike!

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Nice trail first mile is basically all uphill. Great views in the spring or fall of quaker lake and the allegheny reservoir!!

hiking
Saturday, July 02, 2016

Good trail. Scenery is your standard Allegheny forest, with some quite pretty patches of woods, larger rocks, and creeks. We didn't encounter too much mud, but I can see how it would be an issue if it's rained recently.

Monday, June 27, 2016

This trail is called the beehunter trail and is well marked once you are on the trail. When the trail ends you will have to find the bike path to follow to get back to your car but it's only about a half a mile away. I would recommend this hike.

Best hikes!! Bear caves and thunder rocks are a must see!!

hiking
Thursday, April 28, 2016

awesome trail, solo hike saw no one.

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