Cattaraugus County, known as the Enchanted Mountains, best attractions are well known, family oriented and affordable. Easily accessible by major highways and just one hour South of Buffalo NY, the County enjoys beautiful natural landscapes of tree-lined rolling hills and wide open spaces. Our attractions highlight the natural beauty of our surroundings and include cultural activities that make our County diverse and enriching. We have classy restaurants, luxurious hotels and events worth traveling for!
Allegany State Park, the largest New York State Park, has fun and relaxation in a year round setting. The two sections of the Park, Red House and Quaker, offer nature and adventure tourism for those seeking to explore the great outdoors with miles of trails. Take to any of the trail systems for hiking, biking, and horseback riding, or hit up the two lakes for swimming, fishing, kayaking, or just laying out in the sun on the beach. Offering a total of 319 cabins, 4 group camps and 374 cabins, it is accommodating to any size group. You can rent kayaks, canoes, fishing poles and even mountain bikes to try the 24 miles in the Art Roscoe Trail System, right in the Park! There are gift shops, museums, a Restaurant, and natural attractions such as Stone Tower, Thunder Rocks, and old Fire Towers. Or spend time around the campfire, with your family, connecting to each other.
New York's Amish Trail can be found along the Western border of Cattaraugus County. Adventure along the back roads to find a sense of distance from the rush of everyday life. Visitors can travel back in time to find breathtaking landscapes and hand-made handiworks. Roadside stands come alive with fruits of the spring gardening. Jams, Jellies, colorful handcrafted rugs and quilts, woven baskets, handmade furniture, fun wooden toys and yummy goat milk fudge can all be found. Catch some of the fresh country air and sun as you visit with the shop owners and make your way using the Map available in the brochure. Plan your route ahead of time or simply go where the wind takes you. Call 1-800-331-0543 for the map and brochure.
Griffis Sculpture Park is the County's Hidden Gem. It matches art with nature as guests walk through, climb on, and meander around the over 250 enormous, multi-dimensional figures found bursting from the natural scenery in lakes, wooded areas and fields. Plan ahead to explore the park at night-time when it’s transformed with creative lighting for a show called “Night Lights”. A portion of the Park is dressed up with lights, illuminating the trails and some sculptures with colorful and theatrical lighting, creating an almost surreal experience. This happens mid-September to Columbus Day weekend each year and should not be missed!