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Allegany State Park - Red House Area

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Red House Lake Dam Renovation Project – Update: The roadway and bridge over Red House Dam are now open to motorists. The pedestrian walkway along lakeside of the dam is also open to the public. Bicycles are not permitted on the pedestrian walkway on the dam.

2017 Red House Dam Renovation Project  Red House Dam Renovation FAQ's  |  Project Map  |  Restricted Area Notice

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.  


  • 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: and


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.
  • 2018 Camping Season: 

    Campsites: 4/11-11/19
    Cabins: Available year-round
    Cottage: Available year-round, Pitt Cottage: 5/18-10/15
    Group Camps: 5/17-10/15

    Cabin Rental Office:
    Peak Season (6/23/2018 thru 9/3/2018)

    9am-7pm Mon-Thurs
    9am-9:45pm Fri-Sun

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

  • Pavilions/Shelters: Available for renting year round. 7 am - 10 pm.
  • 2018 Swimming Season: 
    5/26 - 6/17 Weekends only
    12 PM - 6 PM

    6/23 - 9/3
    Daily, 11 AM - 6:45 PM
  • 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.

The easy-to-use Empire Pass card is $80- and 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. Purchase online or contact your favorite park for more information. Learn more about our Admission Programs including the Empire Pass.

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

    Collected from 9 AM - 4:30 PM
    5/26 - 6/17: Weekends & holidays only
    6/23 - 9/3: Daily
    9/8 - 10/8: 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 4/1/18 to 12/19/18): $100
  • Cabins
  • daily rate is 1/4 the weekly charge
    $154 - $456, 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: $249.75
    Weekly: $999
    *$5 fee for non-NYS residents


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.

Sat 15 Dec
By the Fireside
Saturday, December 15, 2018 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Allegany State Park - Red House Area
(716) 354-9121

As the holidays draw closer, take a moment to make your season a little merrier by spending a relaxing evening in the lobby of the Red House Administration Building in Allegany State Park. Join us on Saturday, December 15th for "By the Fireside." This month's featured performance is by the Studio 107 Chamber Players of Olean High School, playing songs of the season. The group, while consisting mainly of students, is often joined by alumni, community members, and teachers. They got their start in 2008 performing at the Olean Community Thanksgiving dinner. Since then they have performed at various venues including community events, weddings, private parties, and nursing homes. Each March during "Music in our Schools" Month the students offer a program called "Harmony in the Morning," performing in the school foyer for a half hour each day before school starts. This program offers the students a chance to show their appreciation to their school community and gives them the opportunity to share their music with their peers.

Tue 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Tuesday, January 1, 2019 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Allegany State Park - Red House Area
(716) 354-9121

Start your new year off right! Join us at Allegany State Park on January 1, 2019 for our Annual First Day Hike. Allegany's 1st Day Hike offers a healthy and relaxing way for people of all ages to get outside and enjoy the winter beauty of the area. The Environmental Education Department has put together a self-guided hike on Bear Paw located at the Summit Area of the Red House side of the park. The hike is 2.4 miles in length and easy to moderate in intensity. It begins at the Summit Warming Hut and follows the scenic ridgeline to Stone Tower, then loops back to the Warming Hut. Interpretive points of interest can be found along the way. Come listen to birds, feel the warmth of the sun or the coldness of the snow. This First Day Hike will run from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Participants should begin the hike by stopping in the Summit Warming Hut to sign in and pick up a trail map. Make sure you stop back at the Warming hut as The Friends of Allegany State Park host a free hot meal of chili provided by J-Con concessions. from 12:00- 2:00 pm. There also will be coffee, tea and hot chocolate.

Sat 19 Jan
By the Fireside
Saturday, January 19, 2019 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Allegany State Park - Red House Area
(716) 354-9101 ext 236

Make your winter season a little more relaxing by spending an evening listening to music in the beautiful great room of the Red House Administration Building. Join us on Saturday, January 19th for "By the Fireside." This month's featured performance is by Nick Kody and Lydia Herren. Influenced by a wide range of Rock, Blues, Country and Traditional Folk music, Nick Kody & Lydia Herren offer a unique and diverse interpretation of the Americana genre through both their recorded work and live performances. Both musicians are multi-instrumentalists, performing on guitar, violin, harmonica, piano, and more. Vocal harmonies are very important to them and their duets provide a strong chemistry on stage. Nick & Lydia's original material is inspired heavily by roots music and they often put a distinct spin on cover songs ranging from The Beatles, The Eagles, Tom Petty, CCR, Bonnie Raitt, Britney Spears, Sublime, Taylor Swift, and Chris Stapleton just to name a few. Nick & Lydia perform at breweries, restaurants, festivals, theaters & weddings. Check out their latest releases or catch them at a show near you!

Sat 16 Feb
By the Fireside
Saturday, February 16, 2019 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Allegany State Park - Red House Area
(716) 354-9101 ext 236

The Hultman and Barb Duo performs a wide range of America's most popular music. They both sing and play guitars and banjo. Their versatile musical showcase includes country, pop, swing/jazz, Americana, bluegrass, blues and more. Artists covered includes the Beatles, Van Morrison, Everly Brothers, Bob Wills, Nat King Cole, Queen, Manhattan Transfer, Johnny Cash, Carole King, Hank Williams, Jimmy Buffet, Eagles and more. The duos motto is "Music Tailored to Your Wishes". This is a performance that you won't want to miss!

Sat 16 Mar
By the Fireside
Saturday, March 16, 2019 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Allegany State Park - Red House Area
(716) 354-9101 ext 236

Take a moment to make the end of your winter season a little more relaxing. Join us on Saturday, March 16th for "By the Fireside" in the Red House Administration Building lobby. This month's featured performance is by Jamie Haight. Jamie began playing guitar at the age of 9. He played many gigs and dances in high school, entertaining crowds with songs from Harry Chapin, The Five Man Electric Band, and Nirvana. Later he played with bands such as Djava, Sweet Jane, and China Phrog to name a few. Jamie was a member of the Chautauqua Area Musician Program's "Fantasy Rock Star League," and was voted Chautauqua County's best lead guitarist in 2005. Over the last several years Jamie has done mostly solo work, performing at area venues and recording albums. Jamie loves playing music and teaching the many fun aspects of playing guitar.

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Did You Know? Synchronous fire flies were discovered in 2011 by Adele Wellman, the lead naturalist in the park.

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)