Western New York’s climate and scenery lends itself well to outdoor summer activities, and what better way to immerse yourself in nature than camping? While there are many different options for all kinds of camping preferences, below are four great local choices in Cattaraugus County. Whether you like to rough it in a sleeping bag or travel in style with an RV, you can find a campground to suit your needs. Do something different with the family this summer and schedule a stay at one of these beautiful campgrounds. For a complete list of campsites located in the Enchanted Mountains, visit the Cattaraugus County Tourism website at www.enchantedmountains.com
ALLEGANY MOUNTAIN RESORT
6994 Plato Road, East Otto, NY 14729
Allegany Mountain Resort is a member-only park that prides itself on a safe, family-friendly camping experience. Owners Dave and Marlene Geddes aim to make camping affordable and relaxing for their members. The Geddes have owned the resort since 2010, and use their knowledge and experience from their other campground in Pennsylvania to make Allegany Mountain Resort a sought-after destination for many.
While the Geddes have made improvements to the resort since taking over ownership - such as painting buildings, repairing roofs, and giving the whole place a facelift - what truly has made a difference is the ease of reservations, rentals, and events. Allegany Mountain resort boasts free amenities and activities, with many geared toward families and children. Miniature golf, volleyball, horseshoes, basketball, tennis, trails, movies, music, and line dancing are just a few of the activities and events available on a regular basis. They also offer themed weekends such as carnivals, food fests, fireworks, car shows, fishing derbies, and plenty more! You also don’t have to go far to find some of the comforts of home at Allegany Mountain Resort. You will find a Poolside Café and Country Store that offer food and camping supplies, as well as gifts and toys.
A bonus to camping with Allegany Mountain Resort is the exchange agreement with other 4 and 5-star camping resorts all across North America. This benefit allows you to not only camp at Allegany, but also any of the affiliate campgrounds across the U.S. at a camping site cost of under $75 for an entire week. For those who wish to settle down for the summer, Allegany offers, “always reserved campsites” where you can park your camper and come and go all summer as you please. Cabin rentals are also available with stunning views of Rainbow Lake. These cabins are equipped with many of the necessities needed, making it easy for families to come and enjoy the camping experience without the cost or worry of an RV.
When speaking with Resort Manager Michelle Holt, she said that, “what makes the resort stand out is its beauty in all seasons.” Situated on Rainbow Lake, it is easy to see how the natural landscape transforms from one season to the next. The layout of the resort compliments its surroundings, making it a picturesque experience.
Many of the resort members have been coming back for 40+ years. Parents have passed the summer activity on to their children, and several generations have called Allegany Mountain Resort their summer home. If you would like to start a new family tradition this summer, give a call to Allegany Mountain Resort to schedule your tour.
POPE HAVEN CAMPGROUND
11948 Pope Road, Randolph, NY 14772
Pope Haven Campground has been owned and operated by Mike and Pam Lecceardone for twelve years. Originally from Hornell, NY, the Lecceardone family camped at Pope Haven for three years before purchasing it and making it their own.
The property offers primitive sites for tents, as well as RV sites with both 30 and 50 amp hookups, which include water, electric, fire ring, and a picnic table. If you like the idea of camping in a camper but don’t have one of your own, you can rent one right at the campground. These rental campers include a deck with awning, picnic table, fire ring, pots and pans and meal service dishes. Pope Haven also boasts rental cabins that sleep four people and have plenty of amenities to make your stay comfortable. Campfire wood, honey dipping, air conditioning or heat, and WIFI Internet are also services offered by Pope Haven.
Pope Haven, located in the heart of Amish country, is a member of the NY Amish Trail. This, according to the Lecceardones, sets them apart from other campgrounds, because every Saturday after Memorial Day, you can find Amish wares available for sale on-site. The Lecceardones also put a lot of effort into building an impressive schedule of events each summer season - fishing contests, horseshoe tournaments, hayrides, relay races, craft shows, live music and potluck dinners … just to name a few. They are also a participating location for geocaching, a popular draw for locals who enjoy the treasure hunting game. Other features of the campground include plenty of hiking trails, a heated swimming pool, fishing pond, volleyball and basketball courts, playground, game room, and a camp store which sells firewood, ice, snacks and RV/camping supplies.
If you’re looking for a place to host your private event, Pope Haven’s pavilion can be rented and offers a great setting for family reunions, parties and other occasions. The newly renovated restrooms and showers will make your events comfortable while the scenery provides a aesthetically pleasing backdrop.
The Lecceardone family has worked hard to make Pope Haven Campground a memorable experience for everyone who stays there. For more details, including rates and a complete schedule of events, head to their website listed above.
TRIPLE R CAMPING RESORT
3491 Bryant Hill Road, Franklinville, NY 14737
Triple R Camping Resort of Franklinville has operated under the ownership of Don and Laurie Evans for 22 years. Known for their clean facilities and family-friendly atmosphere, this campground definitely deserves a spot on your summer schedule.
All of Triple R’s sites have water, electric, sewer, cable TV, and 30 and 50 amp service. Large sites with picnic tables and fire rings are also available. If you want to camp but don’t have your own RV, Triple R offers both RV and cabin rentals. Other amenities available include groceries and camping supplies for purchase, ice and firewood, a 24-hour laundromat, clean bathrooms and hot showers. You can even bring your four-legged friends along; pets on a leash are welcome.
There’s plenty of entertainment for the whole family available right on the campground. In addition to the network of trails for hiking, they have a new in-ground heated pool and toddler pool, playgrounds, sand volleyball, basketball, horseshoe pits, miniature golf, recreation hall, video arcade, table tennis, pool tables, and a pond for fishing … whew! There really is something for everyone!
Many of their events are geared toward children and families, and include crafts, bingo, fishing derbies, karaoke, live music, face painting, ice cream socials, and potluck dinners.
Triple R campground has been rated in the top 100 campgrounds in the U.S. for five years in a row. Between its clean and friendly atmosphere and variety of activities available, Triple R is waiting for you to book your stay!
1269 Olean-Portville Road, Olean, NY 14760
Olean, NY is home to Riverhurst Park, a traditional campground with old-fashioned camping. Kerry Grisewood is the current owner of the campground, but it has been in the family since the 1940s. Situated on the banks of the Allegheny River, the campground boasts beautiful scenery for its guests.
All of Riverhurt’s campsites include a picnic table, fire ring, electric, sewer, and water. They have sites available for tents and pop-ups, as well as RVs. The campground also offers a pavilion and a 1970’s chalet available for rent - perfect for graduation parties or weddings. The chalet features a full bathroom and kitchen as well as two bedrooms. The park is pet friendly, so feel free to bring your furry companions along for the experience.
The addition of showers and WiFi are just a couple of the many improvements made over the past few years. Volleyball and a system of trails throughout the park offer excitement during your stay. At the entrance of the park is Rivers Edge Ice Cream and Food, which is a tasty treat for those looking to cool down on a hot summer day.
What sets Riverhurst apart, according to Grisewood, is that there are no scheduled activities. Riverhurst is all about the traditional camping experience, and while there are plenty of things to do nearby - such as the Portville Drive-In, Rock City Park, Allegany State Park, and Kinzua Dam - she feels that people don’t go camping because of the events and activities scheduled. Camping is about the outdoor experience and enjoying nature. Included in the natural scenery at Riverhurst are the historic 100-foot white pines.
If you are looking to return to the old ways and enjoy nature at its finest, Riverhurst is awaiting your reservation.