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Chautauqua County

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Trails and Parks

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.

NOTICE: DON'T MOVE FIREWOOD!

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.

For more information on insect pests that can be transported on firewood visit: New York State D.E.C. Website

Albert Mattison Park

Albert Mattison Park

Everett Street , Falconer NY 14733
716.665.4400
Picnic tables with nearby grills. Canoe launch to Chadakoin River and  nature trail.
Alison Wells Ney Trail

Alison Wells Ney Trail

Thayer Road P. O. Box 151, Mayville NY 14757
716.483.2330
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.
Allegany State Park

Allegany State Park

2373 ASP Tr. 1, Suite 3 , Salamanca NY 14779
716.354.9121
www.nysparks.com
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.
Allen Park

Allen Park

W. Virginia Blvd. , Jamestown NY 14701
716.483.7523
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.
Barcelona Harbor Beach

Barcelona Harbor Beach

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.
Bemus Point Beach & Park

Bemus Point Beach & Park

1 Lakeside Drive , Bemus Point NY 14712
716.386.4398
Lakeside park in the village of Bemus Point. Life-guarded swimming area, and a playground, basketball court, picnic tables. No cost to use.
Bergman Park

Bergman Park

Baker Street Extension , Jamestown NY 14701
716.483.7523
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.
Cassadaga Beach & Park

Cassadaga Beach & Park

Park Avenue Village Hall, Cassadaga NY 14718
716.595.3007
Lakefront park with playground, picnic tables, and life-guarded swimming. Fee charged in summer.
Chadakoin Park

Chadakoin Park

Washington Street , Jamestown NY 14701
716.483.7523
A 152 acre park in Jamestown with ball fields, basketball, bicycling, picnic shelters, playground, skate board park
Chautauqua County Hiking Club

Chautauqua County Hiking Club

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.
Chautauqua Gorge State Forest & Day-use Park

Chautauqua Gorge State Forest & Day-use Park

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.
Chautauqua Rails to Trails

Chautauqua Rails to Trails

P.O. Box 151 , Mayville NY 14757
716.269.3666
www.chaurtt.org
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.
City Pier Park - Dunkirk Harbor

City Pier Park - Dunkirk Harbor

Central Avenue & Route 5 , Dunkirk NY 14048
716.366.3262
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
Dan Reed Pier Park

Dan Reed Pier Park

8204 E. Lake Road Barcelona Harbor, Westfield NY 14787
716.326.6633
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
Earl Cardot Eastside Overland Trail

Earl Cardot Eastside Overland Trail

28 Mile Creek Road , Gerry NY 14740
716.763.7828
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.
Erlandson Overview Park

Erlandson Overview Park

465 Oak Hill Road , Frewsburg NY 14738
716.664.7717
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.
Fred J. Cusimano Westside Overland Trail

Fred J. Cusimano Westside Overland Trail

c/o Chaut. Co. Parks Dept , Mayville NY 14757
716.763.8928
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.
French Creek Preserve

French Creek Preserve

Alder Bottom Road County Route 4, Sherman NY 14781
716.484.6442
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
Hanover Town Beach

Hanover Town Beach

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.
Lake Erie State Park

Lake Erie State Park

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.
Lakewood Community Park & Launch

Lakewood Community Park & Launch

531 E.Terrace Avenue , Lakewood NY 14750
716.763.8557
Large, covered picnic pavilion & tables. Boat dock, launch, Large parking area and Dog Park
Lawson Town Park

Lawson Town 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.
Long Point State Park

Long Point State 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.
Lucille Ball Memorial Park

Lucille Ball Memorial Park

21 Boulevard Ave , Celoron NY 14720
716.487.4175
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.
Luensman Overview  Park

Luensman Overview Park

Thayer Road , Portland NY 14716
716.664.7717
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 Street Walkway Park

Main Street Walkway Park

Main St., No. of City Pier , Dunkirk NY 14048
716.366.3262
Located on Lake Erie, this lakefront park has paved trails, for walking, bicycling and fishing. Picnic tables and benches for Lake Erie sunsets.
Marden E. Cobb Waterway Trail

Marden E. Cobb Waterway Trail

Cassadaga & Conewango Creeks,
716.763.8928
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.
Mayville Lakeside Park

Mayville Lakeside Park

Route 394 PO Box 188, Mayville NY 14757
716.753.2125
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
McCrea Point Park

McCrea Point Park

14 Jones & Gifford Ave , Jamestown NY 14701
716.483.7523
Southernmost public boat launch in the outlet on Chautauqua Lake. Picnic pavilion & tables and Playground. Great location for fishing from shore.
Memorial Park -Dunkirk

Memorial Park -Dunkirk

Lake Shore Dr. West , Dunkirk NY 14048
716.366.3262
Lake Erie lakefront park offering bicycling, fishing, playground and picnic tables.
Midway State Park

Midway State Park

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.
Night Lights at the Heron

Night Lights at the Heron

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.
Ottoway Park

Ottoway Park

Route 5 East , Westfield NY 14787
716.326.4971
Lake Erie lakefront, seasonal park with picnic shelter, tables, and playground. (Closed on Mon. and Tues.)
Panama Rocks

Panama Rocks

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 Gratiot Park

Point Gratiot Park

Point Drive & Route 5 , Dunkirk NY 14048
716.366.3262
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.
Portage Trail -Trolley Line Nature Trail

Portage Trail -Trolley Line Nature Trail

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.
Ralph C. Sheldon Trail

Ralph C. Sheldon Trail

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.
Richard O. Hartley Memorial Park

Richard O. Hartley Memorial Park

Terrace & Chautauqua Aves. , Lakewood NY 14750
716.763.6162
Chautauqua Lake-front park with basketball, new playground, life-guarded swimming, night-lighted tennis and picnic facilities. (Fee for swimming only)
Ripley Community Park

Ripley Community Park

One Park Avenue , Ripley NY 14775
716.736.6881
Park with basketball, bicycling and picnic facilities. Donation accepted.
Stockton State Forest

Stockton State Forest

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.
The Dredge Recreational Waterway

The Dredge Recreational Waterway

, 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. 
Wright Park

Wright Park

198 Lake Front Blvd , Dunkirk NY 14048
716.366.3262
Lake Erie lakefront park offering basketball, bicycling, fishing, swimming, tennis, playground and picnic facilities.

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