Horseback Riding

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Out for a winter ride near Gentle Thunder Farms

The Enchanted Mountains of Cattaraugus County offer year 'round riding opportunities with riding clubs, chuckwagon dinners, events at equestrian centers and miles of trails if you choose to bring your own equine friend.  Call 1-800-331-0543 for a FREE copy of the Equestrian Trails Brochure which includes several maps, what is offered from the Equestrian businesses, and contact information.  Here we have over 85 miles of trails for you and your horse to meander on. 

Or visit the Trails portion of our website!

Check out the following:

  • Upcoming equestrian events - if competition is your thing, you'll find a number of local horse shows, horse pulls, and trail challenges during the summer months. 
  • The Crosspatch Horse Ranch offers guided trail rides, chuckwagon dinners, winter sleigh rides, overnight rides, stagecoach rides, carriage rides.

We are working to improve your horse's stay in the Enchanted Mountains. For more information, check the Cattaraugus County Equine Advisory Committee.

 

Top 10 site for Steelhead Fishing

Cattaraugus Creek has been listed in the top 10 sites for Steelhead Fishing (rainbow trout fishing) by 2 outdoor magazines. Steelhead Trout AKA Rainbow trout are very similar to Salmon in both taste and habits. Unlike other areas of the United States, our native Rainbow trout (Steelhead Trout) spend a majority of time in Lake Erie a freshwater lake and spawn in the Cattaraugus Creek and other tributaries.

The following is from the New York State Dept. of Environmental Conservation's article "Steelhead Fishing in Lake Erie Tributaries"

Lake Erie's tributary streams, both big and small, receive an annual run of migratory rainbow trout called "steelhead." From October through April, thousands of steelhead ascend New York's Lake Erie tributaries on their mission to spawn. Excellent fishing opportunities await any angler who wishes to try their hand at steelhead fishing. Between the acrobatic leaps, long drag-screaming runs and rod quaking head shakes, the fight of an early run steelhead is a truly exhilarating experience.

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