Chautauqua County boasts a diversity of trail areas and scenic parks for hiking, off-road cycling, and birding. In addition to the Audubon Nature Center and the Roger Tory Peterson Institute, birders can enjoy the Ripley Hawk Watch, Erlandson Overview Park, and the Chadakoin River Outlet. Along the Eastside Overland Trail, the Boutwell State Wildlife Area is home to groomed snowmobile and dedicated horseback riding trails as well as hiking, and strenuous mountain biking trails. Rails to Trails maintains 17 miles of unused rail corridors winding through scenic woodlands, wetlands, flowering meadows, and villages.
See the listings below for trail maps.
Alien Invaders are hiding in your firewood and have become a deadly threat to forests. The movement of firewood has proven to be a vector for the spread of deadly forest pests and it takes just one load of infested firewood to transport the emerald ash borer to New York State. It is only 150 from NY's border.
Everett Street , Falconer NY 14733
Picnic tables with nearby grills. Canoe launch to Chadakoin River and nature trail.
Thayer Road P. O. Box 151, Mayville NY 14757
Part of the Rails to Trails System, with over a 5 mile segment begining at Bliss Road, and gently descends the Lake Erie Escarpment, and running north to Prospect Road and then to Thayer Road, offering vistas of Lake Erie.
2373 ASP Tr. 1, Suite 3 , Salamanca NY 14779
The largest park in the New York State Park system, Allegany State Park offers cabins, camping, hiking, biking, snowmobiling, cross country skiing with 18 trails covering over 35 miles, for four seasons of outdoor fun.
W. Virginia Blvd. , Jamestown NY 14701
Located in the City of Jamestown is this 35 acres park with picnic pavilion, kitchen, charcoal grills, playground equipment, soccer fields, youth baseball field, exercise course, sliding hill, bandshell, wooden glen, restrooms, basketball court & tennis.
8269 1st Street Barcelona, Westfield NY 14787
Experience a Lake Erie sunset with wide beaches for walking, hiking, sunbathing, fishing, kayaking, canoeing, plus picnic tables, and free parking.
1 Lakeside Drive , Bemus Point NY 14712
Lakeside park in the village of Bemus Point. Life-guarded swimming area, and a playground, basketball court, picnic tables. No cost to use.
Baker Street Extension , Jamestown NY 14701
Large city park that offers basketball, bicycling, picnic areas, pavilions and playgrounds. Home of the annual Labor Day Celebration and the World Series of Cars Show.
Park Avenue Village Hall, Cassadaga NY 14718
Lakefront park with playground, picnic tables, and life-guarded swimming. Fee charged in summer.
Washington Street , Jamestown NY 14701
A 152 acre park in Jamestown with ball fields, basketball, bicycling, picnic shelters, playground, skate board park
Route 394 , Chautauqua NY 14722
We are an informal group of people who enjoy the outdoors. All of our hikes are led by volunteer hike coordinators and the hikes are open to anyone who would like to participate.
Hannum Road , Mayville NY 14757
Chautauqua Gorge State Forest totals 538 acres and provides opportunities for many informal outdoor recreational activities such as snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, hiking and hunting with Hannum Road day-use park with picnic pavilions, tables & fire pits and parking area.
P.O. Box 151 , Mayville NY 14757
Preserving beautiful bandoned rail corridors for conversion into safe off-road trails for recreational use: walking, running, hiking, bicycling, cross country skiing, bird watching (over 170 species identified) and horseback riding.
Central Avenue & Route 5 , Dunkirk NY 14048
Located on the lakefront of Lake Erie, this city park is open all year for fishing, boat launch, picnic facilities. Home to the Boardwalk Marketplace
8204 E. Lake Road Barcelona Harbor, Westfield NY 14787
Public park & boat launch on Lake Erie offers fishing, boat launch, picnic tables, and world famous sunsets. Parking for 85 cars with trailers and 36 cars
28 Mile Creek Road , Gerry NY 14740
Eastern section of the county trail system covering 19 miles from Gerry, north to the Town of Arkwright. Hiking, mountain biking, or cross-country skiing, camping lean-tos. Maps available. No motorized vehicles on trails.
465 Oak Hill Road , Frewsburg NY 14738
Sitting at an elevation of approximately 2,040 feet (second highest in the county), this 76-acre site offers a spectacular view of the surrounding hillsides and of Chautauqua Lake if you happen to visit on a clear day. The park offers a covered picnic pavilion, pit toilets, potable water, and two viewing platforms. 76 acres with a 1 1/2 mile loop trail. Open May 15 to November 1.
Great spot for wedding and family photographs. Open May 15-November 1.
c/o Chaut. Co. Parks Dept , Mayville NY 14757
Western section of county trail system covering over 24 miles between Mayville and Sherman. . Great for hiking, mountain biking or cross country skiing, camping lean-tos available. Maps available. No motorized vehicles.
Alder Bottom Road County Route 4, Sherman NY 14781
Designated one of the Last Great Places by The Nature Conservancy. It showcases northeastern forests and streamside habitats with songbirds, ducks, grouse & wild turkey along with white-tail deer, cotton-tail rabbits and ground hogs
South Shore Drive, Sunset Bay, Irving NY 14081
This sandy, life-guarded beach is located on the shores of Lake Erie. A public swimming beach, picnic pavilion, charcoal grills, playground, restrooms and parking area, free to the public and handicap accessible.
5905 Route 5 , Brocton NY 14716
High bluffs overlooking Lake Erie provide a breathtaking view for the visitor to Lake Erie State Park.Features a shoreline covering over three quarters of a mile on Lake Erie. Enjoy the picnic areas with shelters, playgrounds & hiking trails, which are also available in the winter for cross-country skiers.
531 E.Terrace Avenue , Lakewood NY 14750
Large, covered picnic pavilion & tables. Boat dock, launch, Large parking area and Dog Park
Lawson Rd , Busti NY 14701
Quiet country park in Busti. Basketball, picnic shelters, playground and tennis. Pavilion is equipped with electric (switches are at the front and back) and a charcoal grill. Water is also available. Restroom facilities are not handicap accessible. Alcoholic beverages are not permitted at Lawson Park.
4459 Route 430 , Bemus Point NY 14712
A 320 acre day-use park on Chautauqua Lake. (No camping) with swimming beach & bathhouse, hiking, biking, reserve-able picnic pavilions, public boat launch & full service marina. Winter time fun with cross-country skiing, snowmobiling & winter fishing.
21 Boulevard Ave , Celoron NY 14720
A village park located in Lucy's hometown, featuring a public boat launch and docks, park with playground, picnic tables & shelter, ball field and home port to the Summer Wind Lake Cruises.
Thayer Road , Portland NY 14716
A 70-acre overlook on a glacial ridge. Enjoy fabulous sunsets and view of Lake Erie, and on a clear day you can see the Canadian shore! Picnic pavilion & tables. Interpretive trail with easy grade, approximately 1 mile long, through the woods. Great for a family outing. Open mid-May through November 1 from 8:30 AM to Dusk.
Main St., No. of City Pier , Dunkirk NY 14048
Located on Lake Erie, this lakefront park has paved trails, for walking, bicycling and fishing. Picnic tables and benches for Lake Erie sunsets.
Cassadaga & Conewango Creeks,
Two flat water trails, over 25 miles each. The Cassadaga Creek runs from South Stockton to south of Falconer. The Conewango Creek runs from north of Kennedy to Kiantone. Both have parking and launch points, and lean-to campsite. Maps available.
Route 394 PO Box 188, Mayville NY 14757
Located on Chautauqua Lake, with a pavilion, lighted tennis courts, swimming beach, bathhouse, gazebo, picnic tables, grills, shuffleboard, ball field. Home of the annual Ice Castle in February. Public boat launch, boat ramp & plenty of parking
14 Jones & Gifford Ave , Jamestown NY 14701
Southernmost public boat launch in the outlet on Chautauqua Lake. Picnic pavilion & tables and Playground. Great location for fishing from shore.
Lake Shore Dr. West , Dunkirk NY 14048
Lake Erie lakefront park offering bicycling, fishing, playground and picnic tables.
4859 Route 430 , Bemus Point NY 14712
The 16th oldest continually operating amusement park in the nation. Traditional rides for all ages, arcade, roller skating, go-karts, bumper boats, miniature golf, food and more! Boat docking, pavilion rentals, catering services.
2361 Wait Corner Road , Sherman NY 1467
A one-of-kind eco-tourism attraction where particpants walk a lighted one-mile trail through the heron property. Explore many different lighting schemes and artistic expressions throughout the journey.
Route 5 East , Westfield NY 14787
Lake Erie lakefront, seasonal park with picnic shelter, tables, and playground. (Closed on Mon. and Tues.)
11 Rock Hill Rd. , Panama NY 14767
Explore a half-mile long ridge of 60-foot high rock forming caves, crevices, and passageways in an ancient forest! Panama Rocks is one of the top-rated attractions in Chautauqua County based on independent reviews on TripAdvisor.com and was called "the most enjoyable hike we found" by the Buffalo News.
Point Drive & Route 5 , Dunkirk NY 14048
Lake Erie lakefront park with life-guarded swimming, playground, picnic area, pavilions, restrooms. Trails for bicycling and fishing, and tennis. No admission or parking fee.
Route 430 Chautauqua St, Mayville NY 14757
The newly opened Trail is now open from Route 430 E.Mayville, north to Quilliam Rd. 3 miles of raw beauty with a beaver pond, elevated wooded views & a serene quiet majesty, with four newly placed benches at strategic locations for quiet rest.
Summerdale Road P. O. Box 151, Mayville NY 14757-0151
The Ralph C. Sheldon Jr. Trail begins at Titus Road, outside Sherman and continues 5.5 miles running north to Summerdale Rd. The Titus Road Section is wetlands and over 175 bird species have been identified there.
Terrace & Chautauqua Aves. , Lakewood NY 14750
Chautauqua Lake-front park with basketball, new playground, life-guarded swimming, night-lighted tennis and picnic facilities. (Fee for swimming only)
One Park Avenue , Ripley NY 14775
Park with basketball, bicycling and picnic facilities. Donation accepted.
Coes Road , Stockton NY 14785
977 acres available for snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, horseback riding, hunting and fishing are popular recreational activities in Stockton State Forest.
, South Dayton NY 14138
Over 15 miles of flat water for kayaking and canoeing. Running south from South Dayton at the Conewango Creek to Goodwin Landing at the Conewango Creek. Open all year.
198 Lake Front Blvd , Dunkirk NY 14048
Lake Erie lakefront park offering basketball, bicycling, fishing, swimming, tennis, playground and picnic facilities.