It’s spring at Allegany State Park, which means an array of outdoor activities. Whether you’re looking for nature education, a way to give back, or a trail run, you’ll find it coming up in the next month.
Signs of Spring Evening Walk April 10
Spring is here! Time to get over the winter blues, and get outside! Join a park naturalist for a “Signs of Spring Evening Walk” explaining Allegany State Park’s blossoming spring critters on April 10 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Participants will be treated to some early signs of spring that may include the display flight of the American Woodcock, chorusing amphibians, newly emerged spring plants and much more.
This free event starts at Site 53, Quaker Beach Road near the gate at the osprey platform. Participants should dress for the weather; bring a flashlight or head lamp, camera, and a sense of adventure. For more information please contact the Environmental Education/ Recreation Department at (716) 354-9101 ext. 236 or AlleganySP@parks.ny.gov
I Love My Park Day May 5
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo by giving back to the park!
I Love My Park Day is a statewide event, organized by Parks & Trails New York (PTNY) in partnership with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) and local Friends groups, to celebrate and enhance New York’s parks and historic sites and bring visibility to the entire park system and its needs.
This annual event, held the first Saturday in May, attracts thousands of volunteers from across the state to participate in cleanup, improvement, and beautification events at New York State parks and historic sites. Join us to celebrate New York’s park system by cleaning up park lands and beaches, planting trees and gardens, restoring trail and wildlife habitat, removing invasive species, and working on various site improvement projects.
Last year over 8,000 volunteers took part in more than 250 projects at 125 state parks, historic sites and public lands throughout the New York.
Allegany State Park is once again taking part in the event, with the Friends group leading several projects. Past projects have included clearing brush, picking up garbage, painting cabins and trail maintenance.
Thanks to one of the Friends’ members, a few sponsors and the Friends of Allegany State Park, a free hot dog lunch will be served after the event at the Quaker picnic shelter. There will also be a few prizes to give away thanks to our sponsors.
Registration is now open at www.ptny.org.
Allegany Adventure Run
Also happening on Saturday, May 5 is the 2018 Allegany Adventure Run, which kicks off the trail running season in the park. The Summit Ski Area in Red House is home base for this annual wild and challenging experience covering one of three course distances— 6K, 13K and 27K.
The 6K is the perfect option for experiencing a walking or running course close to the starting area on Sweetwater trail. A few climbs keep the lungs and legs working and will surely give any entrant a good nights sleep after the race.
The 13K course includes Sweetwater, Christian Hollow and Leonard Run. Rarely flat, this course is very popular and features many rolling climbs and descents non-technical in nature for experienced trail runners or those with a decent early season base.
The 27K uses the same trails as the 13K for the first half, but then turns down Ridge Run and includes Thunder Run, a 3-mile section of technical single-track.
Pre-register at www.heartrateup.com by April 28 to guarantee a t-shirt. We cannot guarantee race-day shirts to those who register after this date.