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 is 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.
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!!
This is an awesome place to camp. New improvements to the park have been made the last few year! They runs daily activities you can go to and learn about different things in nature
The campsites were pretty close together and did not offer much privacy unless you had a camper. At the time I went (May, 2018) the lake was reduced to about a third of it's water due to maintenance, so the kayaks we brought didn't leave the roof of the car, and there was no swimming allowed.
Aside from that, the hiking trails were beautiful and well-marked, the check-in process was easy, and it was a wonderful campground!
Love camping at allegheny. Cabins are pretty large and have some great surounding areas, like creeks right next to the cabins. Great place for family camping with tons of different activites offered around the park.
great New York state park. stayed here for 2 nights and I will be back. the park is so big I only got to do some of the hiking. very nice.