By Alicia Dziak
The busiest season at Allegany State Park (ASP) has come and gone, but that doesn’t mean the fun is over. As New York state’s largest state park, ASP is open year-round, with many of the amenities open through mid-November.
The Park Restaurant will remain open for the next several weeks. “We’re planning on closing the restaurant for the season by mid -November,” said John Marino of JCon Parks, which operates the restaurants and all the retail space within the park. “It’s been a great season with the addition of the patio. We’re hoping to open in April next year and build on our success from this year.”
The restaurant is located inside the Administration building, overlooking Red House Lake. If you happen to be in the park during the busy Columbus Day weekend, give yourself a break from cooking over the campfire. Stop in for the Friday night fish fry and Sunday breakfast buffet, or enjoy the daily lunch and dinner specials.
Didn’t get out on the water as much as you’d hoped this summer? Enjoy a last hoorah on the waters of Red House Lake by renting a watercraft. “The boathouse will stay open through Columbus Day weekend, but if weather stays warm, will keep it open through the end of October,” noted Marino.
Of the beautiful, long-lasting summer, he added,“It’s been our busiest season ever! Weather has been fantastic all season and campers, and especially guests staying outside of the park, are finding us out!” He noted that kayaks, canoes and SUPs were the most popular rentals.
Enjoy the last of the season for the park shops. While the gift shop at the Administration Building is open year-round, the Quaker gift shop will only stay open until mid-October, and both general stores will close mid-November.
As for looking ahead to winter, Marino said, “We’re hoping for lots of white stuff this year for our cross-country ski area along with all our snowmobile guests! We don’t want to have a winter like last year!”
Come enjoy a fall weekend at the park, with 65,000 acres to explore. Get in some fall fun, and extend the summer with one final visit to your park favorites before they close for the season.