The Largest New York State Park is Allegany State Park which is the 3rd largest in the nation with 65,000 acres (97 square miles) and lots of trails. Allegany State Park has over 35 miles of Cross Country skiing trails, 18 hiking trails and 5.6 miles of paved multi-use trails (horseback riding, snowmobiling and more) around Red House Lake area. 3 campground areas with over 375 cabins.Read more
Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunting game played throughout the world by adventure seekers equipped with GPS devices. We've got two trails and many geocaches throughout the county!The basic idea is to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, outdoors and share your experiences online. Geocaching is enjoyed by people from all age groups, with a strong sense of community and support for the environment.
We have the NYAGT(New York's Amish Geo Trail) through the west-side of Cattaraugus County where many Amish reside. If you are just starting out then we recommend finding the NY Amish Geo Trail geocaches.
The Enchanted Mountain Geo Trail closed on October 31st, 2013 we archived the EMGT(Enchanted Mountains GeoTrail).
Video: Intro to Geocaching
Steps to start Geocaching
1) Create an account at Geocaching.com
2) Get a GPS device
GPS Device or GPS-enabled Phone
GPS devices range in price and usually get more accurate with a higher cost. Be sure to read Geocaching.com's Guide to Buying a GPS Device.
Do you have a smart phone? Most likely your phone will have a GPS built-in. You'll want to download a GPS or Geocaching app for your smart phone and they range in price and quality.
Android phones has geocaching and GPS apps that range in cost from free to $9.99
- Search for Geocaching apps for Android-based devices on Google Play
- Search for GPS apps for Android-based devices on Google Play
iPhones have several apps for geocaching that range in cost from free to $9.99
However, Geocaching.com has an official geocaching app!
Get the GroundspeakGeocaching App for:
3) Start geocaching and explore!
You may not realize how many geocaches are in your neighborhood as you geocaching you'll learn terminology, such as muggles, and more about the world around you.
Explore GeoTrails in Cattaraugus County
Do you know of a better way to be shown great spots in Cattaraugus County without a guide than by geocaching? In 2009, The Enchanted Mountains of Cattaraugus County developed a trail beginning with 16 caches in various parts of the county. In 2010 the next 16 caches were revealed. Get a wooden nickel for each cache you find and a special commemorative Enchanted Mountains GeoCoin for finding all the caches. Locating a cache requires perseverance and an inquisitive nature. Do you have what it takes?
Check out our geotrails: