A comprehensive rehabilitation project of the Red House Dam will commence during the summer of 2017. The project will require a partial draw down of Red House Lake, which may occur as early as July 5th , depending on the contractor's work schedule. Partial draw down of Red House Lake will impact swimming, boating and other recreational activities on the lake. The bridge and roadway over the dam will also be closed to traffic once the project ramps up. The Quaker Lake swimming area and concession operations will be expanded to accommodate park patrons. We thank you for your patience while these important safety and recreation improvements are being made. Check Allegany State Park Facebook page for more detailed information as the project develops.
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.
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.
2016 Camping Season:
Cabins: Available year-round
Cottage: Available year-round, Pitt Cottage: 5/21-10/23
Group Camps: 5/15-10/12
Cabin Rental Office:
4/1/2016 thru 6/24/2016 and 9/6/2016 thru 3/31/2017
6/25 thru 9/5/2016
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.
The Empire Pass -- whether a card for $80 or a vehicle-affixed decal for $65 -- is your key to all-season enjoyment with unlimited day-use entry at most facilities operated by State Parks and the State Dept. of Environmental Conservation including forests, beaches, trails and more. Apply online or contact your favorite park for more information. Learn more about our Admission Programs including the Empire Pass.
daily rate is 1/4 the weekly charge
$154 - $568, weekly.
*$7 nightly fee or $28 weekly fee for non-NYS residents
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:
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.
Starting at the Summit warming hut on the Red House side of the park, we will be hiking the new trail called Bear Paw dedicated to snowshoe use and hiking with dogs (as long as they are leashed). The 2.4 trail is easy - moderate with some slight elevation changes.
Participants should dress for the weather, bring a flash light or head lamp, water, snack, and a sense of adventure. Everyone is welcome to stay after the hike to socialize in the Warming hut. If there is no snow, we will just walk the trails of the Art Roscoe Area.
**Snowshoes are available to use during the program. Supplies are limited. Please call in advance to reserve a pair.