Just a short drive from Ellicottville, the natural beauty of Allegany State Park (ASP) in Salamanca, N.Y., draws thousands of visitors year round to enjoy its scenic rolling hills, tranquil lakes, abundant wildlife, and boundless opportunities for outdoor recreation and entertainment.

ASP has been named one of the Top 100 campgrounds in the nation with two campgrounds and hundreds of rental cabins, including winterized camping “lite” accommodations with loads of amenities. The park’s 65,000 acres include forestlands, ponds and recreational trails are divided into two main areas — Red House and Quaker Run.

The Red House area is famous for its historic Tudor-style administration building housing a natural history museum and gift shop. Amenities are similar to the Quaker Run area and also include boat and bike rentals, horseshoe pits and volleyball courts. Main area attractions include the Art Roscoe Ski Area for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, Thunder Rocks, the Stone Tower, Red House Lake, and many beaver ponds. For bike enthusiasts, this area also presents sports enthusiasts with five miles of paved trails.

The Quaker Run area features two lakes with a sandy beach for swimming, a boat launch, two fishing piers, a gift shop, hiking and biking trails, tennis courts, picnic pavilions, a playground, an amphitheater, and a museum/visitor center.

Nature’s playground awaits your visit! For more information, call (716) 354-9121.

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