The 538-acre Chautauqua Gorge State Forest provides opportunities for informal outdoor recreation such as snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, hiking and hunting. This state forest also offers a day use area with picnic tables and fire rings, out house facilities, and a public parking area.
This property is part of the Chautauqua Gorge watershed area, and part of the reason for the property's purchase is for watershed protection. The northern portion of the property borders the Chautauqua Gorge itself. Hannum Road used to be a through road that crossed the gorge. Now it abruptly ends in the creek bed. This old abandoned road bed is popular as an access to the gorge area. The State owns very little of the creek bed and the public should be aware they are trespassing if they use the creek bed beyond this point. For more information on this area please call the local DEC Office at 716-363-2052.
Map of Gorge State Forest Lands & Day-use Park