Discover Cattaraugus County

ROCK CITY PARK OPENS FOR THE SEASON
SUNDAY, MAY 1
 
505 Rt. 16 South
Olean, NY 14760
716-372-7790
 
Stretch your muscles as you follow a path over, under and even through rocks that tower as high as 80 feet!  You'll first enjoy the mighty sweep of the mountaintop view of 1,000 square miles of the Enchanted Mountains from "Signal Rock", once a long range signaling point for Indians.  Descend the crevice staircases leading to hiking trails strewn with great monolithic rocks of dramatic sizes and shapes.  The city of rocks will take approximately one hour to hike through and is a magical adventure you'll want to repeat! 
 
You'll find a souvenir and rock shop where you can purchase many types of gems, minerals, fossils and rocks from all over the world.  There is also a Museum and Fluorescent Light Rock Room!  Picnic facilities are available, too, so pack a lunch and enjoy the great outdoors at Rock City Park, popularly known as one of the Great Natural Wonders of the United States!  The park is also a beautiful location to host weddings, family reunions, or any special event you may be planning.
 
Rock City Park is open daily May 1-Oct. 31 from 9:00am-6:00pm (it may close during inclement weather).  General rates are $5 per person, $3 for children ages 6-12 years of age.  Group and senior discounts are available.
 
 
ONOVILLE MARINA OPENS FOR THE SEASON
Friday, May 6
 
704 West Perimeter Road
Steamburg, NY 14783
716-354-2615
onovillemarina.org
 
Tucked away in the southwest corner of Cattaraugus County, hidden in the rolling hills of the Allegheny's, is one of the area’s best kept secrets, Onoville Marina Park.  Located on the 12,000-acre Allegheny Reservoir, the Marina sits just north of the Allegheny National Forest andwest of Allegany State Park in the Enchanted Mountains of New York.  Bald eagles and osprey soar high over the sparkling, pristine waters that reflect the surrounding hills of forest that change with the season, from a variety of green to the blaze of autumn foliage. View all of this while exploring the 91 miles of shoreline and secluded bays, or camp at one of the many U.S. Forest Service capsites accessible only by water.  Onoville Marina has long been noted as one of the Chautauqua-Allegany region's finest, yet most affordable marinas.  Come spend a day or two on the waters this summer.  The marina awaits you!
 
 
HIKE FOR YOUR HEALTH
The 1st and 3rd Fridays of each month
10:00am - 11:00am
 
Pfeiffer Nature Center
Lillibridge Preserve Kiosk
1974 Lillibridge Road
Portville, NY 14770
716-933-0187
 
Pfeiffer Nature Center is home to more than 648 acres of nature’s bounty. Located in rural, southwestern New York State, you’ll find miles of open-access hiking trails, a historic American Chestnut log cabin, great birding areas, a picturesque pavilion available for rent, and so much more!  The Nature Center has two beautiful properties to explore. The Lillibridge Property consists of 188 acres of forest and has a rustic American Chestnut log cabin listed on the National & State Registers of Historic Places. The front of the cabin offers a spectacular panoramic view of both nearby farms and distant mountaintops. A timber frame pavilion offers a covered shelter for picnics and other events in the meadow.
 
Perhaps the most notable and majestic feature of the property is the 20 acres of rare, old-growth forest. It includes large specimens of Eastern Hemlock, White Pine, Red and White Oak, American Beech, and more. Hikes on the property’s six miles of marked foot-trails pass through a variety of forest ecotypes, such as coniferous and mixed deciduous forests.
 
The Nature Center also owns 460 acres on Yubadam Road, the Eshelman Property,which has an active sugar bush, ongoing scientific research projects, and a small farm. There are three miles of trails through forests, meadows, transitional zones, near ponds and wetlands. More trails are being developed to support snowshoeing and cross country skiing.
 
For those who want to learn more about the natural world, the Nature Center offers interpretative opportunities in science, nature, and art throughprograms and eventsthroughout the year.  Get to know Pfeiffer Nature Center – find a spot in the woods to enjoy peace and quiet, participate in the many programs available, become a member, volunteer, enter the Center’s film festival, or choose countless other ways to get involved.
 
A Pfeiffer-led hike takes place the first and third Friday of every month from 10:00am-11:00am.  This is a great way to get outside and help maintain good health.  The physical benefits of hiking help to build cardio-respiratory strength, tone muscles, promote weight loss and decrease high levels of blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, cholesterol and triglycerides.  There are plenty of mental health benefits as well! Outdoor exercise allows you to sleep better, brighten your mood, increase your attention span and get your creative juices flowing.  So if you are looking to start the summer off with a brainpower boost, Pfeiffer Nature Center has just the thing for you – hiking!
 
Just bring along a pair of comfortable hiking shoes and the Center will provide the beautiful setting and companionship.  Hiking sticks will also be on-hand for you to borrow.  Check the website calendar for exact dates and locations for each hike.
 
Hikes are moderately strenuous, which, in terms of exercise means you will be able to talk but not sing during the activity.  The trek is not an interpretive hike so stops will not be made along the trails.  Any sharing of information will occur as casual, friendly banter amongst the participants.   The hikes are free to the public and will take place rain or shine.  (However, hikes may be canceled in cases of extreme weather conditions.)  RSVP’s are not required.  If you have any questions, please contact the administrative office at 716-933-0187 or email naturalist@pfeiffernaturecenter.org.  See you on the trails!
 
 
AMISH RELIEF AUCTION
SATURDAY, MAY 28
9:30AM-5:00PM
 
Empire Livestock Cherry Creek Market
6732 Pickup Hill Road
Cherry Creek, NY 14723
 
Experience a special day of Amish life in the country, with this auction full of Amish made furniture, tables, chairs, rockers, clocks, quilts, rugs, wall hangings, many handmade items, animals, outdoor items, farm equipment, gift certificates and much more!  This auction's proceeds will go towards children and other needy families, doctors and hospital bills owed by the Conewango Valley New York community.
 
Amish homestyle refreshments will be available along with chicken barbecue, pig roast, veal burgers, fish sandwiches, subs, salad, ice cream, baked goods, lemonade, pop, and coffee.  Be certain to check out the donuts freshly made on-site!
 
Directions: from Rt. 83 in Cherry Creek, take Southside Avenue to Pickup Hill Road.  A shuttle bus is available, as is handicap parking.  This event is held rain or shine.
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