ASP offers winter activities for the new year | News
RED HOUSE – With the start of the New Year, people might be looking for something to do during the month of January.
Allegany State Park offers a number of activities to ward off the winter doldrums, especially for those who enjoy the outdoors, including three unique events to celebrate New Years Day.
First, the New Gear’s Eve bike ride begins at Camp Allegany at 6:00 p.m. on December 31st with a departure at 6:30 p.m. Grab your bike and a few friends to join the Allegany staff and WNYMBA members for the last hike of the year.
Bring lights, wear warm, reflective clothing, and a helmet. No one will be left behind. Participants can be divided into different rhythm groups, if necessary.
There will be a social activity to follow the hike in the dining hall of Camp Allegany. Bring your own snacks. Masks are mandatory indoors and when social distancing cannot be maintained.
Call the Environmental Education Department at (716) 354 9101 ext. 232 for more information.
The next day, start your New Year on the right foot on January 1 with the Annual Day One Hike. Learn about the history of Allegany State Park with a hike along the new Quaker Run Area multi-use trail.
The Quaker Run area is where Allegany State Park was born 100 years ago, and this year’s “Historic Day One Hike” is an easy 3-plus mile round-trip hike that includes 20 snippets of historical information about the features that can be found in this area of the park.
The Quaker Store Museum will be open for this special event. Members of the Allegany State Park Historical Society will be on hand at the museum to answer questions about the park and its history. Friends of Allegany State Park will be offering hot chocolate and coffee next to the old gift shop.
The first day’s hike will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dress for the weather and be sure to wear appropriate shoes and / or snowshoes. Masks are mandatory indoors and when social distancing cannot be maintained.
Suggested parking areas are the Quaker General Store, Quaker Picnic Area, or Bear Caves Parking Lot. Participants can purchase a First Day Hike bandana from the Quaker Store Museum and a hiking guide from Quaker Rental or the Museum.
For more information, contact the Environmental Education Department at (716) 354-9101 ext. 232 or email [email protected]
Finally, the First Day Bike event reflects the First Day Hike. Next Level Mountain Biking will lead a hike in the Red House area from the administration building at 11 a.m. on January 1, 2022.
The pace and duration of the journey will be moderate and determined by the participants. No one will be left behind. Participants can divide into different rhythm groups, if necessary. Fat bikes are suggested, given the range of conditions likely to be present, however, use your best judgment for the conditions of the day.