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Little Rock City Nature Loop Trail is a 0.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Salamanca, New York that features a cave and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 0.7 mi Elevation gain 45 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Snowshoeing

Bird watching

Running

Cave

Views

Muddy

Rocky

Scramble

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Getting There

Little Rock City is a natural outcrop of conglomerate rock. The start of the loop trail is located at the end of Little Rock City Forest Road at the turn around loop. The trail is marked with yellow DEC Trail discs. This is one of three "rock cities" in Cattaraugus County. The others are Rock City, south of Olean, and Thunder Rocks in Allegany State Park. A "rock city" is a rock formation with large rocks with narrow pathways between the rocks that may resemble city streets to some people. This loop trail winds through the rocks and intersects the Finger Lakes Trail / North Country National Scenic Trail where it can be followed back to the Little Rock City Forest Road, by turning left at the junction. When you reach Little Rock City Road turn left to return to the turn around loop and the end of this hike.

Big Round about at trail head.

Forestry Department

Directions From Salamanca Take Route 353 north towards Little Valley Turn right on Whig Street Stay on Whig Street until Hungry Hollow Rd. Turn Right. Turn right on Little Rock City Rd. and follow it until cul-du-sac at the end. From Buffalo Take Route 62 South through Gowanda Turn left onto Route 353, through Cattaraugus and Little Valley Turn left on Whig Street Stay on Whig Street until Hungry Hollow Rd. Turn Right. Turn right on Little Rock City Rd. and follow it until cul-du-sac at the end.

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Lori C
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Hiking

A short hike but the rocks and landscape are beautiful! Would definitely recommend. One tip - the road to access the trail is about 4 miles of dirt and gravel so can be challenging depending on the condition of your tires.

Stephanie Underhill Ivey
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HikingBugsMuddy

I loved the rocks here. It was muddy. There was a lot of broken glass on the trail and this trail specifically wasn’t well marked but this app helped us through!!!

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Larisa U.
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Hiking

Cool place with cool ravines between the rocks. We also explored through the area.

Sue Zaccarine
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Hiking

Lots of neat rock formations to explore! A little muddy from the previous days rain.

Sarah M
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Lori Cee
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HikingBugsMuddy

Really enjoyed this hike. If you want a longer hike, start at the CCC camp Seneca. The Finger Lakes Trail/North Country Trail are part of this hike also, so very well marked. Round trip was over five miles but trail was really nice, deep woods with crossing tributaries, moss covered rocks and downed tree branches. Was great hearing nothing but nature during this concerning time. Also it can be muddy and very buggy along the way- so be prepared and check yourself for ticks!

Amanda Pearce
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Amy Kayser
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Hiking

Awesome place to hike around. Very easy to do with kids. Tons of cool hideouts and tunnels to walk through.

Ryan Bress
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Hiking

Really amazing trail! Highly recommend!

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Robert Siembida
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Hiking

Absolutely beautiful trail! Truly one with nature!

Julia B.
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Daniel Sarata
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Hiking

Just so everyone knows. There are pictures in the trail list that are from Rock City Park which is located south of Allegany & Olean, NY. Not to be confused with Little Rock City.

Selena Caprice
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Joe Siwirski
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Beautiful, massive rock formations. Tends to be wet, and mushy. Bugs also become an almost intolerable issue during the hotter days of summer. Best time to visit would be spring, and late fall.

Jessica Slifer
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HikingMuddy

The ground was a little mushy in some parts but the trail was well marked. There were singing birds, no bugs, and lots of rocks and crevices to climb or wander.

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Shane Hawkins
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Hiking

This is a really unique, cool area of WNY. One of my favorite hiking finds. Hiked from Hungry Hollow CCC Camp Seneca to Rock City pavillions and spent a lot of time exploring the loop and rock labyrinth. Snow and ice, no other hikers. Great hike!

Ezra G
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Walking

Very neat park to do some exploring around the several building size rock formations. Picnic area is available.

Pat Collins
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Hiking

Nice area, with amazing rock formations! Could spend hours exploring the tight rock crevices. Does have admission fee, but well worth it. Friendly proprietors....visited on Mother’s Day and mothers were admitted free. As a side note: Bathrooms are clean and unique.

Shelby Tomaszewski
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Beautiful scenery. We did it with 3 kids under 8 and they loved it.

Terry Medynski
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Make sure you don't rely on google maps to find it, we lost reception and never found it. We'll try again next year.

McKenzie Stuckey
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Walking

Perfect for a Sunday stroll and a picnic. Best views in the fall

Мэган Купка
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Hiking

Similar to Thunder Rock in Allegheny - but with more moss and waaaaay less people. It's a very tranquil spot

Steve Steve Go
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fun trail

Bill Mcgovern
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Hiking

Strenuous, steep and slippery in snow. Great workout and vistas.

Lindsay Brunner
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A great place for imaginations to run wild!

Toby Beahan
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Hiking
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I hiked to the Rock City following the Finger Lakes Trail (FLT) south from the CCC Camp Seneca Picnic area off of Hungry Hollow Rd. It was a steep climb along a creek through the tornado damaged area, but once you join with the FLT it is very well blazed and pleasant hiking. I rated this as demanding because there was about 8" of unbroken snow on the trail and I had to post-hole it the whole way.

Olivea D.
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Krista G
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