The Trails of Cattaraugus County

The Trail Systems at a Glance

The Enchanted Mountains of Cattaraugus County offers year 'round riding opportunities. Riding clubs, chuckwagon dinners, events at equestrian centers and miles of trails await you and your equine friend. 

Call 1-800-331-0543 for a FREE copy of the Equestrian Trails Brochure, or log onto www.enchantedmountains.com where the following information and additional details can be found. The website also allows you to download horseback riding trail maps, and you can find a list of horse activities in the county.

Allegany State Park Equestrian Trails

Allegany State Park has set aside 55 miles of trails spread out on 65,000 acres, specifically for summertime equestrian use. The horse trails are on a series of interconnecting loop trails that utilize gravel park roads, abandoned town roads and abandoned railroad rights-of-way. You will ride on hillside, rolling and level trails.

Footing: Good footing for horses throughout woodland settings.

Markings: There is an informative free horse trail map that can be obtained in the park rental offices.

Camping: A primitive horse camping area in the Red House area is available, if you would like to extend your stay - call 716-354-9121. In the Quaker Area, cabins are available where you can have horses - call 716-354 2182.

Parking: Day parking areas are available at the intersection of ASP Rt. 1 and France Brook Road in the center of the park and at the Bradford, PA entrance in the Quaker area near the Pennsylvania State line.

  There are sites for self-contained trailers and 3 sets of 4 horse stalls with water available. They do require current coggins and suggest horses have their rabies vaccination. For reservations at the horse camp, please call 716-354-9101 ext. 259.

The Allegany State Park Equestrian Trails are great for the following activity: horseback riding.

Pine Hills Trail System

Pine Hills State Forest and South Valley State Forest have 24 miles of trails for equestrian use located near Onoville Marina. Wooded, easy with a minimum of elevation changes to more challenging trails, northern trails are old logging roads and mostly wider.

Footing: Natural woods soil; shoes are recommended, due to some rocks.

Markings: DEC trail disc markers are used on all trails in the system. There are also wood trail name signs on all trails. Some of the original markers (pink ribbon on clothes pins) have been left on some of the harder-to-find spots until the trail is worn in.

Camping: Free camping is allowed at the Pineapple Junction Horse Camp on Carr Road. There are eight large sites with high line poles at each site and a campfire area in the center. You will need to bring water. This is a carry-in carry-out area so please keep it nice for everyone. Please make sure to scatter manure in woods and do not leave piles or hay. If you plan to camp more than 72 hours, call the DEC Ranger for a free permit at 716-699-6154

Parking: Pineapple Junction Horse Camp on Carr Road has a day parking area.

Directions: Take I-86, exit 16; turn onto Main Street towards Randolph. Take the first right onto Larkin Street; go to the end and turn right onto Archer Hill Road. Go to end of that road and then turn left onto Pine Hill Road. Stay straight onto the dirt road (enter Pine Hill State lands) and take the first left at Carr Corners Road. Pineapple Junction parking area with a circular driveway is on the left at the top of the hill.

The The Pine Hills Trail System is great for the following activity: horseback riding.

Little Valley Horse Park & Trails

Trails: All levels, from beginner to advanced trail riders.

Footing: Varies from easy to moderate to rocky.

Markings: There are maps to promote trail riding on your own, in loops of 1, 2 or 3 hours; and for the more adventurous, you can ride all day.

Camping: 24 camper spots are available with hook-ups and 50+ spots without hook-ups - call 716-969-7390 for reservations

Parking: Large area available for all types of parking.

The Little Valley Horse Park offers a 250 by 150 foot show arena, plenty of parking, clubhouse, electric and water hook-ups, and primitive parking. Little Valley has some of the most breathtaking scenery, peaceful settings, watercourses and abundant wildlife. Little Valley Horse Park is also the trailhead for the Pat McGee Trail (old Railroad bed) which allows access for horse driven vehicles to the trail and back roads, as well as to very horse friendly towns for stores, restaurants and entertainment.

The Little Valley Horse Park and Trails is great for the following activity: horseback riding.

Pat McGee Trail

You can hike, bike, ride a snowmobile or ride horses on the Pat McGee Trail. This multi-purpose 12.2 mile trail will grow to be a county-wide system but at this time it connects 7 municipalities together (the Village of Cattaraugus to the City of Salamanca).

On the trail, you can enjoy quiet contact with nature. It offers woodlands, wetlands, and green-space that is home to a wide variety of animals, birds, and vegetation. The trail has six bridges that cross several streams. The longest bridge is over 100 feet in length. Signage along the way explains geology of the area, historic areas, conservation projects, and wildlife.

There are five trailheads. The major trailhead, with a small community park consisting of a picnic shelter and two gazebos, is located in the Village of Little Valley. This trailhead is approximately halfway between Allegany State Park and Zoar Valley. The only section of the trail that is paved is from this trailhead south to the Little Valley Community Recreational Park. The rest of the trail is composed of an aggregate over the original rail-bed.
The bio-diversity of the trail has been identified, having: 9 unique eco-systems, 41 mammal species, 150 species of birds, and 174 species of plants, and trees. There are 10 different geological phenomena along the trail including a continental divide. Because the trail runs down the spine of the county, numerous horse and snowmobile trails intersect and loop off the trail (the trail is corridor #1A on the NYS Snowmobile network). The North Country National Scenic Trail, Bi-Centennial Bike Trail and the Finger Lakes Trail all cross the Pat McGee Trail.

The Pat McGee Trail is great for the following activities: horseback riding, bicycling, hiking, and snowmobiling.

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