By Alicia Dziak

For many, a sure sign of the warmer days to come is the season opening of many area parks. One of the region’s hidden gems is Griffis Sculpture Park, nestled in the hills of East Otto, a short drive off Route 219 between Springville and Ellicottville.

Since the early 1960s, over 250 sculptures of Larry Griffis Jr. and other international artists have been residing in the woods and fields of the 450-acre park, which is one of America’s oldest and largest sculpture parks. Add in miles of scenic hiking trails and the experience is one where art and nature collide.

The park is split into two sections, each with its own parking area. The Rohr Hill Road Site is characterized by towering sculptures set in fields and woods just off the road. The Mill Valley Road Site features miles of trails through a variety of terrain, perhaps most notably the semi-steep climb to the area that includes the stage used for outdoor concerts in the park.

Guests can spend an hour or an entire day exploring the park. Bring a picnic and some comfy shoes and get ready to get your creative journey started!

Admission to the park is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and students and free for children 12 and under. Admission is on the honor system and should be placed in the yellow box by the Mill Valley parking lot.

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