First Day Hike in Allegany State Park 2020

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Event Date(s): Wed, 01/01/2020 - 10:00am - 2:00pm
First Day Hike at Allegany State Park

Start your new year off right! Join us at Allegany State Park for our Annual First Day Hike. Allegany’s First Day Hike offers a healthy and relaxing way for people of all ages to get outside and enjoy the winter beauty of the area.

The Environmental Education Department is offering two hikes this year of varying lengths and difficulty on the Quaker side of the park. Blacksnake Mountain (Site 41) on ASP RT 3 is a three-mile loop using an old railroad as part of the trail. The more difficult trail climbs to large cherry, hemlock and tulip poplar trees.  The new one-mile Science Lake trail (Site 40) on ASP RT 3 meanders around the lake to the foundations of the “School in the Woods” which once occupied this area in the 1920’s. Guided hikes will be at 11:00am at Blacksnake and 1:00pm at Science Lake, however, feel free to hike either trail at anytime throughout the day.

The First Day Hike will run from 10:30am to 2:00pm. Participants should begin the hike by stopping in to register and pick up a map at Camp Turner in the Quaker area.  Free hot chocolate, coffee, and tea will be provided during the event. The Friends of Allegany State Park will be serving chili and hot dogs for all our hungry hikers starting at noon. Dress for the weather and be sure to wear appropriate footwear and/or snowshoes. Hope to see you on January 1!

For more information please contact the Environmental Education/Recreation Department at 716-354-9101 ext. 236 or AlleganySP [at] parks [dot] ny [dot] gov.  

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation oversees more than 250 parks, historic sites, recreational trails, golf courses, boat launches and more, which are visited by 69 million people annually. For more information on any of these recreation areas, call 518-474-0456 or visit www.parks.ny.gov, connect with us on Facebook, or follow on Instagram and Twitter.

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This event will be held at:

Allegany State Park - Quaker
ASP Rt 3 Camp Turner
Salamanca, NY 14779
United States
Phone: 716-354-9101 ext 236
42° 1' 25.1976" N, 78° 50' 38.9616" W
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Meaning of the word Cattaraugus

CATTARAUGUS, from a Seneca Indian word meaning “bad smelling banks,” referring to the odor of natural gas leaking from rock seams. http://www.dos.ny.gov/info/pdfs/countynames.pdf

The word "Cattaraugus" means "foul-smelling river bank." This name is a result of the natural gas that oozes from the river mud. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cattaraugus_Creek.

In our opinion, only some of the river banks are bad smelling. Come on over and visit a creek in Cattaraugus County and tell us what you think.

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