When you’re in a big state with a lot of people, you need a big state park to give them someplace to get outdoors. Allegany State Park camping includes nearly 65,000 acres of wooded hills, picturesque lakes, and lush river bottoms that are affectionately referred to as “the wilderness playground of Western New York.” Located on the Pennsylvania border, about an hour south of Buffalo, the park is divided into two primary units. The Red House Area is located in the northern park of the park, around small Red House lake; the Quaker Area is located in the southwestern part of the park, on larger Quaker Lake, and near the Allegheny Reservoir. There are three main roads that provide access to the camping and recreation areas, and nearly 80 miles of multiuse trails for satisfying any wandering whim.
For camping in the Red House Lake Area, the park offers 125 tent and RV campsites, and 144 cabins, alongside Stoddard Creek. Some campsites are ADA accessible, and many have electrical hookups; water faucets and bathhouses are dispersed around the campground. This campground is located near the Red House Wetland Interpretive Area, several hiking and equestrian trails, sports fields, and swimming and paddling on Red House Lake. The Quaker Area offers 190 tent and RV campsites in two campgrounds—Diehl and Cain Hollow—and 230 cabins, near English Creek and Quaker Lake, respectively. Both campgrounds have water faucets and bathhouses; electrical hookups and ADA accessible sites are available at the Cain Hollow campground. These campgrounds have access to numerous hiking and equestrian trails, sports courts, Bear Caves, and a swim beach at Quaker Lake. Campsite rates range from $18–$35/night.
You will not be at a loss for things to do in Allegany State Park. Besides the numerous hiking and riding trails throughout the park, and the water activities on the lakes, there are also several historic sites and natural points of interest right within the park. Tour an area of the park where an F1 tornado touched down in 1990, take a short walk to seasonal Bridal Falls, scramble around the Thunder Rocks, or visit the Summit Fire Tower or CCC Stone Tower. There’s also plenty of wildlife to be on the lookout for. Scan the trees and skies for eagles, owls, osprey, and merlins, and watch the woods for raccoons, beavers, porcupines, bobcats and black bears. If visiting in the winter, there’s snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling available on the park’s roads and trails, and ice fishing on the lakes.
Upon entering the park it was a 20 minute drive to our site. Our site was perfect wooded, gravel pad, water spigot across the street, bear proof box (a first for us). Great trails a lot of them, we hit 2, we will be back.
My only complaint the park service asks you not to transport fire wood. We understand why, my problem is when you get to the park the small bundles way over priced 35$ lasted for a night. The next day we found camp wood 32”x60” rack for 15$ that lasted us 2 days. Buy firewood outside the park save yourself some cash.
One of our favorite places. Very well kept, clean. Beautiful all year round
This park was such a great find. We were traveling I-86 through the area and wanted to spend a few days in the woods admiring the beautiful fall colors and this turned out to be the perfect place to do that. There was just one other camper in our loop (Quaker Section) because we were there the three days prior to the park closing for the season. Even the other loops had just a few campers. It took us three sites to find one that was level enough for our RV but our motorhome is pretty sensitive to degrees of unevenness so it may not be a problem for most others. Our site had 50 amp electric but the hook-ups were at the far back of the site at barely reached. The parking pad was gravel and the patio was grass.
The solitude of this park was great but we can imagine there is lots to do and plenty of outdoor recreation opportunities in the summer. There office/store is not located in the loop we parked in but it was an easy in and out with our 45’ motorhome and tow car. We loved the old CCC building that it was in and the others that exist in the park. Bears are present in the area and bear-proof containers for food and garbage in the campground. Plenty of hiking trails and walking opportunities exist from rustic dirt trails to nice paved paths. We enjoyed the paved areas because rain made the rustic trails very slippery.
There is a nice paved trail around Red House Lake that makes for a pleasant walk(we did have to drive from our campsite to this area). During the summer they rent rowboats, paddleboats, paddleboards, canoes and kayaks for lake enjoyment and there are two sandy beaches where you can soak up the sun after a swim. We would definitely stop here again and spend more time.
We head out to Allegany State Park every year in late fall. The cabins are perfect for cooler temperatures and cozying up beside the wood stove. The table and chairs provided inside the cabin are perfect for eating on and prepping food.
The buffalo trail is perfect for a weekend getaway, with Cabin 8 far in the corner, providing lots of space between nearby cabins. It is also beside the river and provides a wonderful sound to fall asleep to.
Shower facilities are just down the road and were very clean! The bathroom facilities on the buffalo cabin loop are also equally clean and warm in the colder temperatures!
It was pretty but there were a lot of RVs and generators. We were the only tent.
We had a great four-night stay in Loop C at Cain Hollow in late July/early August. Our site was wide and long. We had electric and we close to a water pump so we could fill up our camper. The campground provides great metal locking bear prevention boxes at each site for your trash and cooler. So awesome! While we have visited this park in the past, we found the new bath house at Quaker Lake and new boat rental feature at that lake nice. However, $18 for an hour boat rental seemed high.
The cabins are awesome all year round.
The park has a lot to do in the summer but a group can still have a blast in the winter.
We come here every summer. This park is massive with two distinct zones in the park and over a dozen individual campground loops. There's also two beaches, over a dozen hiking trails, a restaurant, camp stores, a dump station, and more. Note that on the Quaker side of the park, there is very limited cell service, and that many of the cabins do not have running water inside.
rented a kayak, and had an absolute blast. the water was great. literally everyone I came into contact with was friendly and helpful. cant wait to go back!!