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Take A Hike! Free Weekend Treks

Get out of the house and come join in the fun as Allegany State Park launches a new series of hikes called “3rd Saturday Treks.” As the name implies, these free, family-friendly hikes will mostly take place on the 3rd Saturday of each month from March through October (with an exception this month).. These treks will be led by park staff, members of the Allegany State Park Friends Group, or Historical Society members, and each will focus on a different area of the park.

Due to the location of this month’s trek, and it being Spring Gobbler season, this month’s hike will be held on Sunday, May 17 at noon. This change has been made to accommodate the hunters as well as eliminate any possible safety issues, as there is no hunting permitted in the park on Sundays.

Come join us for a hike into the distant past, to a place known as “Little Ireland,” a once settled hollow, located in the park, nearby the Hamlet of Limestone NY. In 1864, 13 families migrated from County Clare, Ireland and settled in this area. These families lived in this small community for over 50 years, with the last residents departing around 1918. All that remains now are rock walls, cellar holes, some of their water supply springs, beautiful forest, and an eerie feeling of a place long forgotten by time.

It is a hike of moderate difficulty. Hikers will experience varied terrain that may include areas that are rugged and wet, with some steep ascends and descends. This trek will take a few hours to see all this area has to offer. The hike will be led by Quaker Manager, Thomas Livak, and Joseph Bottone, of the Allegany State Park Historical Society.

Hikers will meet on May 17, at 12 p.m. at the site of Thunder Rocks, off Limestone run in the park. Good comfortable hiking shoes, bug spray and drinking water are recommended.

Registration is not required. For more information, visit the Allegany State Park Facebook page or contact Katie Vecellio at 716-354-9101 x236 or katie.vecellio@parks.ny.gov.

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