Looking for a great trail in Allegany State Park, New York? AllTrails has 9 great hiking trails, dogs leash trails, wildlife trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 5 moderate trails in Allegany State Park ranging from 2.4 to 19.1 miles and from 1,374 to 2,270 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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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.

hiking
6 days ago

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

on Sweetwater Loop

hiking
13 days 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.

hiking
18 days ago

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

hiking
27 days 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

hiking
27 days ago

there was a decent amount of stinging nettle towards the end of the trail

hiking
bugs
muddy
28 days ago

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

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

hiking
muddy
rocky
1 month ago

some muddy spots and rocky places to navigate. Where the trail starts, taking the left fork has a steeper incline than the right. very pretty trail

backpacking
bugs
1 month ago

hiking
2 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.

This is a great trail and a solid workout. It's beautiful, well marked, and quiet. Hiked from one end to the other and never saw anyone else. Then walked the roadway back (3 miles). A little muddy along the way, but nothing that couldn't be traversed. Didn't see any bears. Just a lot of chipmunks, a toad, and a couple of deer. This time, I started from the Coon Road end. Might be more challenging because you face more inclined along the way, rather than just the initial steep incline if hiked from the other end by Quaker Lake. Either way, a great place to hike.

hiking
blowdown
muddy
off trail
2 months ago

One negative - muddy. We spent as much time slogging through mud on the trail (or bushwhacking off trail around impassible sections) as we did on the trail at a decent pace. It has been a wetter than normal spring and we got dumped on for six hours on the first night. That being said, my daughter (17) and I had a wonderful trip. Stayed at 2 of the 3 lean-tos on our 2 night, 3 day trek. We started at ASP 2 and hiked through to PA 346. Had one of the coolest wildlife encounters on our first night as 2 doe circled our camp coming within 10 feet of us over the course of 30 minutes. We just happened to be quiet and in the campfire smoke when they came in...they had no idea we were there. We also saw salamanders, lots of toads , a big green bullfrog, one other deer while hiking and a couple of garter snakes. I would highly recommend this trail if you wear waterproof hiking boots and gaiters...I was wearing trail runners - not a good choice. Grades aren’t overly steep, maps were accurate, scenery was beautiful. Only saw one other group of people (5 family/friends together) which we shared a shelter with.

hiking
2 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.

hiking
muddy
3 months ago

We started out with a beautiful dry trail. It’s steep but great workout. It’s beautiful but just before firetower I encountered a bear coming up on right and grunted at me.... I was just about past it so I took off running and caught up with my husband. It didn’t give chase but scared the crap out of me. Took awhile to recover but we continued on. Gorgeous trail but very muddy after the Pennsylvania junction. We kept going anyway and it started to rain but with tree canopy we stayed dry for awhile. Decent was tricky with the rain. Great workout for a trail run on the out and back

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closed
3 months ago

Closed today due to storm damage

hiking
closed
3 months ago

Closed today due to storm damage

hiking
closed
3 months ago

Closed today due to storm damage

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