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Come hike through the Allegheny Plateau, boat across Chautauqua Lake or camp along Lake Erie. This region haseverything for the outdoor enthusiast.

Comprising 65,000 acres, Allegany State Park is the largest of New York's state parks. Amidst forest, mountains, meadows, amazing rock formations, three lakes and numerous streams and ponds this park offers year round adventure. With campsites and cabins, including winterized cottages and cabins, Allegany is a true camper's paradise. The park's two developed areas, Red House and Quaker, have sandy beaches and hiking, nature programs, mountain biking and equestrian trails that double as cross-country ski and snowmobile trails in winter.

Midway State Park, right on Lake Chautauqua is one of the oldest continually operating amusement parks in the nation. With the renovated 1928 round house encasing the 1946 Allen Herschell carousel, this family-friendly park offers midway games, children's rides, go karts and picnic shelters. Also located right on the lake, Long Point State Park has a marina and is a popular spot for muskellunge fishing.

Spectacular sunsets await you at Lake Erie State Park, take your pick from campsites and cabins situated on a bluff overlooking Lake Erie. Don't forget your binoculars, since this park is a natural resting place for migrating birds.