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Allegany State Park - Red House Area

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Address
2373 ASP, Rte 1, Suite 3
Salamanca, NY 14779
Latitude 42.102865649100004
Longitude -78.744527430600002

The Red House Area is known for the historic tudor-style Administration Building and everything centrally located around the Red House Lake. It offers 5 miles of paved bike paths, boat and bike rentals, a sandy beach for swimming, fishing and snowmobiling. Feel free to exercise by walking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, playing softball tennis, horse shoes or even a game of volleyball. The Administration Building features a natural history museum, regional headquarters and a gift shop. Thunder Rocks is an impressive bedrock city that allows for the nature lover to see the hidden beauty that this park is known for. The Stone Tower structure shows vistas of the rolling hills of mature forests. The many beaver ponds are a good place to observe the diversity of wildlife located in the park.

Campers are offered anything from a weekend retreat to an extended vacation with a total of 130 campsites, 144 cabins, 128 of them winterized and three group camps for rent. The Pitt Cottage is Allegany's vacation rental. Reminiscent of a classic hunting lodge, the cottage offers the same amenities as the Fancher Cottages in the Quaker Area. One outstanding feature of the Pitt Cottage is its gas burning stone fireplace. Located on Allegany State Park Rte. 2, the cottage is adjacent to Congdon Trail and three miles from the Administration Building. Please note: Pitt Cottage is not accessible.

Allegany Quaker 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.  


ALERT

  • 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.

Hours of Operation

  • Allegany State Park is open year round.
  • 2015 Camping Season: 

    Campsites: 4/1-11/1
    Cabins: Available year-round
    Cottage: Available year-round, Pitt Cottage: 5/15-11/3
    Group Camps: 5/15-10/12


    Cabin Rental Office:
    4/1/2015 thru 6/27/2015 and 9/7/2015 thru 3/31/2016

    9am-5pm Sat-Thurs
    9am-9pm Friday

    6/27 thru 9/7/2015

    9am-7pm Mon-Thurs
    9am-10pm Fri-Sun

  • Pavilions/Shelters: Available for renting year round. 7 am - 10 pm.
  • 2015 Swimming Season:
    5/23 - 6/14, 11 AM - 5:45 PM, Weekends & holidays only
    6/27 - 9/7, Daily, 11 AM - 6:45 PM

    Red House Beach closed for Triathlon on 6/20-6/21
  • Trailside Museum Hours: Saturday-Sunday, 10:00am – 4:30pm.

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 Entrance Fees
  • Non-Swimming: $6
    Swimming: $7
    Non-profit Bus Fee: $35
    Commercial Bus Fee: $75

    Collected from 9 AM - 4:30 PM
    5/23 - 6/21: Weekends & holidays only
    6/27 - 9/7: Daily
    9/12 - 10/12: Weekends & holidays only
  • Picnicking & Shelters
  • Red House Weekday: $65
    Red House Weekend/Holiday: $75

    Beehunter Weekday: $85
    Beehunter Weekend/Holiday: $100

    Summit Warming Hut (available 5/1/15 to 12/1/15): $100
  • Cabins
  • daily rate is 1/4 the weekly charge
    $154 - $568, weekly.

    *$7 nightly fee or $28 weekly fee for non-NYS residents

  • Camping
  • $18-$30/night

    *$5 nightly fee for non-NYS residents
  • Cottage
  • Nightly - $143.75
    Weekly - $575
  • Group camps
  • Nightly: $249.99
    Weekly: $999
    *$5 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.

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

Amenities, Activities & Information

  • Amenities
  • Boat Launches
  • Boat Rentals
  • Bridle Path
  • Cabins (Accessible)
  • Camper Recreation (Accessible)
  • Campsites
  • Dumping Stations (Accessible)
  • Food (Accessible)
  • Gift Shop
  • Grills (Accessible)
  • Group Camping
  • Nature Trails
  • Pavilions (Accessible)
  • Picnic Tables (Accessible)
  • Playgrounds (Accessible)
  • Scenic Views (Accessible)
  • Showers (Accessible)
  • Swimming Beach (Accessible)
  • Tent/Trailer Sites (Accessible)
  • Activities
  • Biking
  • Fishing (Accessible)
  • Hiking
  • Hunting (Accessible)
  • Ice Fishing
  • Recreation Programs (Accessible)
  • Snowmobiling (Accessible)
  • Tennis
  • X-Country Skiing (Accessible)