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Parking for Eternal Flame Hikes in Chestnut Ridge Park

  Hiking to the Eternal flame in Chestnut Ridge Park is very popular.  You can get more detailed information at this link: Eternal Flame Falls – Chestnut Ridge Park, Orchard Park, NY. However, the Erie County Sheriff and the Erie County Parks Department want to end parking at the trail head on Seurfert Road.  Instead, hikers…

Wood Stove Use and Safety at the End of the Trail

Wood Stove Fire - Low and Slow is Best

A warming fire in a wood stove inside a cabin in the woods after a long day of snowshoeing or x-country skiing is a great way to end the day.  If your wood is dry and seasoned then you won’t need much more than some newspaper to get your fire going.  Ball up some of…

Know Your Park’s Rules: Erie County Parks and Forestry

Residents of Erie County, New York, are fortunate to have twelve major county parks and four major county forests to enjoy. The four county forests, Boston Forest, Gulf Wilderness Forest, 18-Mile Creek forest, and the Erie County Forestry, offer exceptional year round hiking. snowshoeing, and cross country skiing. The trails in those parks have been…

Allegany State Park: Hike to the Summit of Bear Mountain

  Bear Mountain is just about in the center of the large untrailed area of Allegany State Park bordered by Quaker Run on the southwest, Route 280 on the northwest, Bay State Road on the northeast, and ASP1 on the southeast.  There is a USGS Benchmark on the summit of Bear and a USGS reference…

Allegany State Park: Hiking Beyond the Trails

  A visitor to Allegany State Park will usually be given this black and white “Guide Map” showing the designated hiking trails and miscellaneous other information about the park.   (Click on the map to open an expanded version).         This more colorful, and somewhat more informative “Visitor Map” is avaialble from Catteraugus…

Allegany State Park: Hike from Thunder Rocks to Mount Irvine

You won’t find this hike depicted on the guide map given out to visitors to Allegany State Park at the entrance stations or the Administration Building.  You also won’t find it depicted on the Allegany Visitor Map produced by Cattaraugus County.  That is because it is a combination of horseback riding trails, pipeline easements, and…

Franklin Gulf Park Trail Guide – The Red Trail

  Note: This article is specifically about the red trail in Franklin Gulf Park. See Take a Hike in Franklin Gulf Park for an overview of Franklin Gulf Park and a map of all trails in the park. Future articles will detail the other trails in the Park. After the narrative detailed description of the…