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Knox Farm State Park

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Address
437 Buffalo Road
East Aurora, NY 14052
Latitude 42.768597
Longitude -78.649536

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Pet Policy

A maximum of two pets are allowed in day use areas unless prohibited by sign or directive. Pets are to be supervised at all times and either be crated or on a leash not more than 6-feet in length. Proof of rabies inoculation shall be produced if requested by staff. Pets are not permitted in playgrounds, buildings, golf courses, boardwalks, pools and spray-grounds or guarded beaches (this does not apply to service animals).

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Knox Farm State Park is the former country estate of Buffalo's renowned Knox Family. It is located adjacent to the historic village of East Aurora, birthplace of the Roycroft Arts & Crafts movement and former home of Millard Fillmore. The park's 633 acres are comprised of a variety of habitats, including 400 acres of grasslands (pastures and hayfields), and 100 acres of woodlands, ponds and several wetland areas.

Visitors to Knox Farm can observe wildlife, hike, cross-country ski and ride horseback along beautifully scenic nature trails. Nature walks are also offered through a partnership with New York Audubon and the Buffalo Audubon Society, as well as programs offered by state park naturalists.  The Knox Farm Visitor Center contains exhibits of historic and natural interest.  Biking is allowed in designated areas and horseback riding and driving by permit only.

For Equestrian Permits, please fill out the form found under "Documents" below. For filming and other special use permit information, please contact andrew.hillman@parks.ny.gov

The Native Landscape Resource Center is located at Knox Farm State Park. The first of its kind for New York State Parks, the NLRC is a native plant nursery growing plants for habitat restoration, landscaping and gardening purposes. These plants are utilized to help the Western District of NYS Parks adhere to the directives outlined in Parks' Native Plant Policy. Trees, shrubs, forbs and grasses are primarily propagated from locally collected seed to preserve and enhance genetic variability within each species.

The park also hosts a dog park that is very popular with its four legged visitors. The dog park is approximately 6 acres and is divided into two main areas for large dogs and one smaller area specifically for small dogs. There are water spigots in or near each section for filling pet bowls / buckets.

Pet Policy: A maximum of two pets are allowed in day use areas unless prohibited by sign or directive. Pets are to be supervised at all times and either be crated or on a leash not more than 6-feet in length. Proof of rabies inoculation shall be produced if requested by staff. Pets are not permitted in playgrounds, buildings, golf courses, boardwalks, pools and spray-grounds or guarded beaches (this does not apply to service animals).

Hours of Operation

  • Open year round, dawn to dusk.

Maps

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Sat 23 Jul
Young Birders Walk
Saturday, July 23, 2022 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Knox Farm State Park
Calling all young birders! Join the New York State Parks and the Western New York Young Birders Club for a morning bird walk through Knox Farm State Park. This walk is a family-friendly birding experience for new birders ages 1-18. For information and registration call (716) 549-1050.
Sat 23 Jul
Butterfly Beauties
Saturday, July 23, 2022 01:30 PM - 03:30 PM
Knox Farm State Park
Enjoy a relaxing walk through the wildflower meadow of Knox Farm to explore the rich diversity of butterflies in the park. For information and registration call (716) 549-1050.
Wed 27 Jul
A Naturalists View: Hand-lenses
Wednesday, July 27, 2022 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Knox Farm State Park
Bring your favorite hand-lens, curiosity and sense of wonder as we go on a naturalist's saunter to explore the small creatures of the woods. We will enjoy all we see, making observations, following our curiosity, and learning from each other. Whether you are an experienced naturalist or just starting out this series is for you! For information and registration call (716) 549-1050.
Wed 10 Aug
Tails on Trails
Wednesday, August 10, 2022 05:00 PM - 06:30 PM
Knox Farm State Park
Unwind after work by enjoying a leisurely walk with your dog and a park naturalist! It is not necessary to have a dog to participate, however, all dogs in attendance must be up-to-date on immunizations, leashed, and under control. For information and registration call (716) 282-5154.
Thu 11 Aug
A Naturalists View: The Night Sky
Thursday, August 11, 2022 08:30 PM - 10:30 PM
Knox Farm State Park
Bring your curiosity and sense of wonder as we go on a naturalist's saunter to enjoy the night sky. The moon, constellations and hopefully glimpses of the Perseid meteor shower will be enjoyed. For information and registration call (716) 549-1050.

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Amenities Information

  • Amenities
  • Biking
  • Equestrian Trails
  • Hiking
  • Snowshoeing/X-Country Skiing