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Allegany State Park - Quaker Area

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Address
2373 ASP, Rte 1
Salamanca, NY 14779
Latitude 42.038990326799997
Longitude -78.843833113100004

The Quaker area is known for its two lakes and wonderful camping experiences. It offers a sandy beach for swimming, two fishing piers and a canoeing or kayaking access point. Friend's Boat Launch makes the Allegany Reservoir available to the boating enthusiasts. The many hiking trails give opportunities to explore the naturally formed caves, plus the diversity of plants and wildlife. Many come to relax with the programs offered at the Quaker amphitheater, by picnicking, or just letting the children spend time on the playground. If you enjoy sports, you can use our horse shoe pits, baseball fields, basketball, volley ball or tennis courts. The old Quaker store has been completely restored and now houses a park museum. Interesting exhibits document the history of Allegany State Park as "The wilderness Playground of Western New York," and orient visitors to the parks unique features and attractions, both past and present. Allegany's mixed hemlock /hardwood forest, mountains, rolling hills and meadows, streams, ponds and lakes attract devoted outdoors enthusiasts year-round.

The two campgrounds and 20 cabin trails offer a total of 189 campsites and 230 cabins, 30 of them winterized and one group camp for rental. The Quaker area also has vacation rental cottages. The seven Fancher Cottages are located in the southern part of the Allegany State park, adjacent to Quaker Run Creek and offer guests a unique camping experience. Named for Senator Albert T. Fancher, the "Father of Allegany State Park," each Fancher Cottage (located in the historic Quaker Area of the park) has a bathroom with shower, refrigerator, counter-top range and microwave. The fully accessible cottages sleep six, are furnished and stocked with pillows, bedding, cooking utensils, dishes and coffeemakers. In addition, each cottage has a grill and picnic table outside.

Allegany Red House Area

Make the most of your visit to Allegany State Park and the surrounding area. See what the Enchanted Mountains have to offer: Enchanted Mountains. 

  

ALERTS

  • During your visit you may encounter wildlife. Some of these encounters may even occur in high use areas, such as picnic areas, cabin trails and tent and trailer sites. Be advised that feeding (intentionally or unintentionally) and harassing wildlife, especially bear, may result in fines and/or eviction. Please report nuisance wildlife activity in high use areas to Park staff immediately.

  • An infestation of the Emerald Ash Borer beetle has been documented near Allegany State Park. This is the first occurrence documented in New York State. Patrons are encouraged to not bring firewood with them into the park. Kiln dried firewood will be available at the park.
    For more information on the Emerald Ash Borer beetle and firewood regulations see the New York State Department of Conservation (DEC) website at:
    http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/7253.html and http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/28722.html

Current Water Quality- Beach Results

Household pets only; caged or on a leash not more than 10 feet. No pets at bathing areas, public buildings or on cross-country ski trails.  For campers, if your site allows pets, there is a two-pet maximum.

Mailing Address
2373 ASP, Rte 1, Suite 3Salamanca, NY 14779

Hours of Operation

  • The park is open year round.
  • 2016 Camping Season: 

    Cain Hollow Campsites: 5/18 - 10/8
    Diehl Trail : 4/1 - 12/1
    Cabins, cottage & group camp are available year-round.

    Campground Office (Weekends Only):

    Friday 12pm-10pm
    Saturday 10am-6pm
    Sunday CLOSED


    Cabin Rental Office:

    Peak Season 6/25-9/5
    Mon-Thurs 9am-8pm
    Fri-Sun 9am-10pm

    Non Peak (Sept-Oct)
    Sat-Thur 8am-5pm
    Fri 8am-10pm

    Non Peak (Nov-June)
    Sat-Thur 9am-5pm
    Fri 9am-8pm

  • 2016 Swimming Season:
    6/25 - 9/5
    12pm-6:45pm, Daily
  • Picnicking & Shelters: Available year round. 7 am - 10 pm.

Fees & Rates

Most New York State Parks charge a vehicle use fee to enter the facility. Fees vary by location and season. A list of entry fees and other park use fees is available below. For fees not listed or to verify information, please contact the park directly.

Your key to all season enjoyment of state parks is our season's pass. For $65, the Empire Passport provides you unlimited day use vehicle entry into most of our parks. Apply on-line or call your favorite park for more information.

  • Vehicle Use Fee
  • Non-swimming: $6
    Swimming: $7
    Non-profit Bus: $35
    Commercial Bus: $75

    Collected 9 AM - 4:30 PM
    5/28 - 6/25: Weekends & holidays only
    6/25 - 9/5: Daily
    9/10 - 10/10: Weekends & holidays only
  • Friends Boat Launch
  • Vehicle Use Fee: $6
  • Picnicking
  • Shelter Weekdays: $65
    Shelter Weekends/Holidays: $75
  • Campsites
  • $18-30/night

    *$5 nightly fee for non-NYS residents

  • Cabins
  • daily rate is 1/4 the weekly charge
    $154 - $568, weekly.

    *$7 nightly fee or $28 weekly fee for non-NYS residents
  • Cottage
  • $172.50-187.50, nightly
    $690-750, weekly
  • Group Camps
  • $500, nightly
    $3000, weekly

    *$5 nightly fee for non-NYS residents

Maps

Digital Maps

New! Download this park's digital map to your iOS Apple and Android device.

Firewood source maps show a 50-mile radius from which untreated firewood may be moved to this campground. For more information see firewood restrictions.

Allegany State Park is Western New York’s natural playground. 65,000 acres of mature forest, open fields, three lakes plus access to the Kinzua Reservoir and abundant wildlife make this one of the most beautiful areas to spend time outdoors. Hiking, fishing, camping, boating/kayaking, snowmobiling, X-country skiing and wildlife viewing makes this the premier, year-round place to experience nature up close.

The park is divided into two sections: Red House Area, the Regional Headquarters, can be accessed off I-86, exits 19 and 21 and Quaker Run accessed off I-86 at exit 18. Also, an entrance in the south from Bradford, PA can be accessed off Interstate Parkway.

Highlights of Allegany State Park:

  • Thunder Rocks – a cluster of huge conglomerate boulders at the top of the ridge offers a lesson in geology as well as a natural jungle gym for the more adventurous. There are several things to look for among these impressive rocks. The weather has sculptured several rocks into fascinating shapes where children have found gorillas, a whale, a frog and a turtle. The area also contains many Appalachian species of plants not usually found in Western New York.
  • Bear Caves – 165 million years ago great geological activity caused block-faulting and uplifting to occur throughout the region. This resulted in openings in the bedrock along collapsed faults creating cave-like openings. There are three of these openings that can be explored but bring a flashlight.
  • Fire Tower – a restored 1926 fire tower sits on one of the highest peaks in the Red House Area. The tower is open at certain times during the summer when you can climb to the top for a spectacular view.
  • Old Growth Forest – over 3,000 acres of mature forest with some of the largest trees in the state.
  • Old Quaker Store Museum – the history of the park from ancient bedrock formation to the park's development is displayed and interpreted for the park visitor.
  • Red House Administration Building and Natural History Museum – 3 story rustic Tudor style building houses the administrative offices for the Allegany Region as well as a gift shop, restaurant, rental office and museum displaying the wildlife native to the park.
  • North Country/Finger Lakes Trail – the national trail from the Adirondacks in the east to North Dakota in the west. 18 miles of the trail traverse the park passing through some of the most impressive mature forest in NYS and connecting in the south to the Allegheny National Forest and beyond.

What will you see? Plan your visit today!

Look and listen for these birds at our Park:

Everyone is a Steward: Be an Allegany State Park Hero!

  • Know the rules and concerns for the area you'll be visiting.
  • Use a map and compass instead of flagging, rock cairns, or marking paint.
  • Hike and camp on established, durable trails and campsites.
  • Leave all natural objects as you find them.
  • Be careful with your fire. Respect wildlife and observe from a distance.

For more information, please read our Trail Tips!

Ask a Naturalist!

Q: Do bears live in the Bear Caves?

A: No, the caves are too cold and damp; bears prefer to den under downed trees or logs and beneath roots where it is dry and warm.

Q: Did the glaciers put the big rocks up at Thunder Rocks?

A: No, the rocks are a result of erosion exposing the bedrock and then weathering them down to what you see today. This area was not glaciated in the last ice age.

Q: Can I feed the bears and raccoons?

A: No, these are wild animals and they bite! If you encounter a bear, make a lot of noise and stay in a group if possible. Do not approach the animal but back away slowly. If the bear stands there and watches you, you are too close. If it huffs or paws the ground, you are way too close. It's best to attend one of the bear programs while at the park to learn how to safely coexist with bears. Remember to store all food and anything with a fragrance in secure containers. Bears can recognize coolers and shopping bags as a food source, so these need to be out of sight.

Did You Know?

- DID YOU KNOW? Synchronous fire flies were discovered in 2011 by Adele Wellman, the lead naturalist in the park. Prior to their 2010 discovery in the Allegheny National Forest in Pennsylvania, synchronous fire flies were only known to exist in the Great Smokey Mountains of North Carolina.

- DID YOU KNOW? Allegany State Park is home to 14 different species of salamanders.

- DID YOU KNOW? Allegany State Park is 100 square miles, so it never seems crowded.

- DID YOU KNOW? Allegany State Park has an extensive Environmental Education Program.

 

Key BCA Criteria:

-Migratory concentration site

-Diverse species concentration site

-Individual species concentration site

-Species at risk site

-Bird research site

 

The Allegany BCA is located within Allegany State Park, the largest park in the New York State Park system. Allegany BCA contains one of the largest tracts of interior forest within New York, and the entire BCA is over 95% forested. This extensive forest provides breeding and migratory stopover habitat for forest-interior species such as Swainson's Thrush, Blackburnian Warbler, and Scarlet Tanager. Of 75 Neotropical migratory songbird species that breed in New York, 64 have been observed within the park. The park supports a large breeding population of Osprey and one of the largest breeding concentrations of Cerulean Warblers found in New York, both of which are state species of special concern. The BCA also provides habitat for other state-listed species, including Bald Eagle (threatened), Northern Goshawk, Red-shouldered Hawk, Cooper's Hawk, and Sharp-shinned Hawk (all species of special concern). Finally, the park has supported many previous long-term research projects, and continues to support long-term bird banding projects.

Download a copy of the BCA map.

Sat 25 Jun
Stars Over Quaker
Saturday, June 25, 2016 09:15 PM
Allegany State Park - Quaker Area
(716) 354-2182

Join us on Saturday, June 25 at 9:15PM at Park Site #52 at the south end of Quaker Lake to enjoy naked eye viewing of our beautiful night sky. You are probably familiar with the Big Dipper but can you find the Little Dipper? And how about the graceful swan gliding across the summer sky? We'll learn about these and other celestial wonders. Long time amateur astronomer, Bert Probst, will lead us on a tour of the splendors of the summer sky. Be sure to dress warm and bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on. Also, bug repellant is not a bad idea. Please; no pets or unshielded flash lights. Red cellophane covering a flash light will provide adequate illumination and yet preserve our night vision. Please join us for an informative evening under the stars. In case of clouds or rain the event will be cancelled.

Sun 26 Jun
Stone Tower Tour
Sunday, June 26, 2016 11:00 AM - 12:30 AM
Allegany State Park - Quaker Area
(716) 354-2182

Tour the historic Stone Tower!

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Additional Documents

Did You Know? Allegany State Park is 100 square miles, so it never seems crowded.

Amenities, Activities & Information

  • Amenities
  • Boat Launches
  • Cabins (Accessible)
  • Camper Recreation (Accessible)
  • Campsites
  • Dumping Stations (Accessible)
  • Food (Accessible)
  • Gift Shop
  • Grills (Accessible)
  • Group Camping
  • Museum/Visitors Center
  • Nature Trails
  • Pavilions (Accessible)
  • Picnic Tables (Accessible)
  • Playgrounds (Accessible)
  • Powerboats
  • Showers (Accessible)
  • Swimming Beach (Accessible)
  • Tent/Trailer Sites (Accessible)
  • Activities
  • Biking
  • Fishing (Accessible)
  • Hiking
  • Hunting (Accessible)
  • Ice Fishing
  • Recreation Programs (Accessible)
  • Snowmobiling (Accessible)
  • Tennis