Three previously timeworn cabins in the popular McIntosh Trail cabin loop of Allegany State Park (ASP) are thoroughly renovated and are now immediately available for rental, State Parks and the Friends of Allegany State Park Inc. announced recently.
“These three refurbished cabins, with their nostalgic character, will be great additions to the offerings available for visitors to experience ASP’s 65,000 acres of multi-use trails and unique natural wonders,” said Jay Bailey, Allegany Regional Director. “We are extremely fortunate to have the Friends of Allegany State Park as partners in preserving this special park for generations to come.”
“The Friends of Allegany have had a wonderful and mutually cooperative relationship with park management and its employees for over three years,” said Friends of Allegany State Park president Paul Crawford. “We look forward to helping our beloved park in the years to come.”
The nearly 80-year-old cabins are three of six of the only non-electric primitive cabins left in the Red House area. They remained online and in the rental inventory until 2009, when other McIntosh Trail loop cabins were demolished and replaced approximately 22 years ago. Renovations, which began after meetings between Allegany State Park management and representatives of the Friends earlier this year, continue on the other three with completion expected by next spring.
In addition to cabin refurbishment, Friends volunteers paint cabins and bridges, assemble, paint and repair picnic tables and benches, trim trails, pick up litter and more. Future projects include work to make a historic saw mill in the Red House area accessible for public tours; and coordination of larger volunteer events such as National Public Lands Day on Sept.26, 2015 and I Love My Park Day on May 7, 2016. For those interested in joining, the Friends meet every first Saturday from April through October from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Since November 2012, the Friends of Allegany State Park, Inc. have worked to preserve, maintain, and interpret the historic character and natural beauty of Allegany State Park, serving as ambassadors and advocates for the park and the wider community. To learn more about the Friends of Allegany, or to become a member or make a donation, please visit the Friends of Allegany at www.friendsofallegany.com or on Facebook.