By Kellen M. Quigley
Although the peak summer days and nights at Allegany State Park aren’t here just yet, the weather is getting warmer and the sun is in the sky just a little longer each day.
What better way to enjoy the outdoors this spring than with these great activities coming to New York’s largest state park?
I Love My Park Day — May 4
On Saturday, May 4, celebrate I Love My Park Day by giving back. The Friends of Allegany State Park will host volunteers as part of more than 100 cleanups, improvement and beautification events happening statewide.
This event will be held on the Red House side of the park and is the fifth year the Friends have hosted the event in cooperation with Allegany State Park management and PTNY.
Volunteers from across the state will participate in cleanup, improvement and beautification events at New York State parks and historic sites.
There are four areas planned to see improvements this year: cabins, campgrounds, the picnic area and the camping trails. Volunteers will take part in clearing debris, rebuilding fire pits, trimming branches and brush and more. Please bring appropriate work clothes and tools.
Additionally — thanks to the Friends of Allegany State Park and a few sponsors — a free hot dog lunch will be served after the event.
For more information, visit www.ptny.org/ilovemypark.
Allegany Adventure Run — May 4
Also happening on Saturday, May 4 is the 2019 Allegany Adventure Run, which kicks off the trail running season in the park. The race begins and ends in the Summit Ski Area on the Red House side of the park, with three distances for runners: 6K, 13K and 27K.
All courses utilize the trails in the park’s Art Roscoe XC Trail System, ranging from rolling hills to steep single track sections.
For more information or to register, visit www.heartrateup.com. Race day registration is welcome.
Classic Car Cruise-In — May 8
Owners of classic cars will have the opportunity this summer to show off their vehicles in the fourth annual Allegany State Park Classic Car Cruise-In.
For classic car owners, this is a perfect place to show off your vehicle. For car fans this is a great place to check out vehicles from yesteryear.
This family-friendly event will take place on the second Wednesday of each month from May 8 through Sept. 11. After cruising the park, vehicles will be displayed for public viewing at the Red House Bathhouse parking area from 5 to 8 p.m.
Registration is not required and all vehicles are welcome to be shown at this free event. For more information, contact the Environmental Education Department at 354-9101 ext. 236.
Third Saturday Trek — May 18
Get out of the house and come join in these free, family-friendly and fun hikes. These treks will be led by park staff or members of the Friends of Allegany State Park or Historical Society, and each will focus on a different area of the park.
This month’s hike will take place at 1 p.m. May 18, led by park staff member Joe Bottone, and focus on the history of Allegany State Park and explore old Camp Turner/Group Camp 3. Participants will have the chance to see what remains of the old campsite and learn about the history behind it.
The hike will start at the trailhead for North Country Trail on ASP Rt. 3 between Blacksnake Trail (ASP site #42) and Bear Caves (ASP site #41). Officials suggest participants park at the Bear Caves lot and walk a short distance to the start location at North Country Trail.
Hikers are asked to dress for the weather with appropriate footwear — hiking boots recommended. Each hike will last approximately two hours.
Allegany State Park Geobash — May 18
Also on May 18, the 14th annual gathering of geocachers in beautiful Allegany State Park will be held from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Loads of geocaches for both daytime and night and a few other surprises this year.
Allegany State Park is beautiful all year ’round, but springtime is an extra special season. The trees, the animals and the flowers are all things that are part of the GeoBash experience. There are many beautiful spots in the park and it’s no coincidence that there are geocaches located in strategic spots all over the park.
For more information on this event please visit http://www.facebook.com/ASPGeobash