By Alicia Dziak

It’s time to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors in Ellicottville! How will you spend your mid-April?

Head to Holiday Valley and get in a round of golf. The 18 hole par 70 “Double Black Diamond” golf course is challenging and well maintained with breathtaking scenery from every hole. Get all the details at www.holidayvalley.com.

Enjoy the scenery via mountain or road bike. It’s a great time of year to hit the trails at Holiday Valley or through McCarty State Forest. You can also head to nearby Allegany State Park (ASP) and enjoy the paved path around Red House Lake. If staying on the road is more your speed, travel along the beautiful rural roadways of the Enchanted Mountains.

If you prefer to be on foot, enjoy miles of hiking trails all around the area. ASP is New York State’s largest state park and features many miles of marked trails of varying terrain. You can also explore (and climb on!) large rocks at Thunder Rocks.

For even more rocky fun, head to Little Valley’s Little Rock City, which boasts awe-inspiring rock formations that are scattered throughout the surrounding area. 

While it’s still a little chilly for swimming, you can have fun on the water in a kayak or canoe. Grab your favorire watercraft and head to the nearest lake or waterway.

This is also the perfect time of year to try out whitewater rafting in Zoar Valley, when the water levels are at their highest.

It’s time to come out of hibernation and enjoy all the area has to offer this time of year. Take your pick and have some fun!