Springtime has Sprung!

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The Enchanted Mountains of Cattaraugus County in Western New York!

Spring is the best time to get out of the house, get on the road and try something exciting!  Perhaps you spent too much time indoors over the winter and need to get back in touch with nature! 

As snow begins to melt and the creeks rise, Cattaraugus Creek becomes a whitewater rafter’s paradise!  Head out for up to Level III Class Rapids in Zoar Valley with one of great Guide services.  Spend the whole day there, to take in breathtaking beauty of the gorge and winding river.  The abundance of well-stocked creeks throughout Cattaraugus County creates a great opportunity for the fishing enthusiast once trout season opens on April 1. Cattaraugus Creek has been named one of the northeast’s best top 10 steelhead fishing sites.

Hibernate over the winter?  Smell the fresh air, watch the flowers start to blossom and welcome the birds back.  Get those weary muscles outside and on the move at Allegany State Park.  Hike around the lake, drop a line in for fishing, or get the kayak out of the garage.   Rock City Park opens in May where you can see nature come back to life as you walk amongst the giant rocks.  Griffis Sculpture Park also opens the first of May where the steel sculptures welcome you and spring!  To really warm up this spring, climb through the trees and zip past the canopy lines at Sky High Adventure Park at Holiday Valley Resort.  Another Black Diamond Course was added last year, making a total of 13 different courses for you to try.  

The back grounds of New York's Amish Trail become easy to travel on again in the Springtime, which leaves you with a perfect driving tour to cure your Cabin Fever.  Cruise quiet roads, view newly painted green fields and valley, and purchase handmade products made by talented craftsmen.  Cattaraugus County is home to Old Order Amish, who adhere to strict guidelines and use no electricity, no running water and dress in plain clothes of grays and blues.  Adventure all around the Western side of our County while making stops at different shops along the way that offer a variety of goods. Learn more about touring along the Amish Trail.

Spring is a time to feel rejuvenated.  The Enchanted Mountains offers an excess of events when the cold weather starts to clear out.  Thaw out with Sprague's Maple Farms and Restaurant and watch the production of maple syrup right before you.  The Olean Home and Garden Show on April 8-10 shows you all the latest trends and ideas for that Spring clean up time on your home.  Allegany State Park springs the fun in May with the Adventure Run May 7, the GeoBash on May 20-22, and the Allegany Nature Pilgrimage the first weekend in June.   Let your creative side blossom at Rock City Park's Art and Craft Show Mother's Day Weekend and make sure to have the Motorcycle out of the garage in time for Gowanda's Hollywood Happening the first weekend in June.

So get into the Swing of Spring and get outdoors in the Enchanted Mountains of Western NY. 

About Jacquie

"Live in the Sunshine. Swim the Sea. Drink the Wild Air."  - Emerson