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First Day Hike at ASP

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Start your new year off right! Join us at Allegany State Park on Jan. 1, 2018 for our annual First Day Hike. Allegany’s First Day Hike offers a healthy and relaxing way for people of all ages to get outside and enjoy the winter beauty of the area. The Environmental Education Department has put together a self-guided hike which will start at the Red House Picnic area. Stop by the picnic shelter to sign in, pick up a trail map and a winter scavenger hunt sheet, then make you way along the marked trail past Red House Lake, out to the Arboretum and Butterfly Meadow and finally to Camp Allegany where the Friends of Allegany State Park will provide some hot drinks and warm food from 12- 2 p.m. Hikers who want to go the extra mile (literally) can continue to historic Bova Ski Area. This easy to moderate hike is 3 miles to Camp Allegany or 4 miles to Bova, round trip. Interpretive points of interest are marked along the way. Come listen to birds, feel the warmth of the sun or the chill of the snow. First Day Hike will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Pre-registration is not required. Be sure to dress in appropriate winter hiking apparel. Weather permitting, snowshoes and trekking poles are encouraged. For more information, contact the Environmental Education/Recreation Department at (716) 354-9101.

Outdoor Adventure Cross Country Ski and Social Jan. 3

What better way to start the new year than to try a new sport? On Wednesday, Jan. 3, Allegany Nordic and the Environmental Education Department have teamed up to host an evening cross country ski on the Art Roscoe trails of Allegany State Park followed by a social in the Summit Warming Hut. Cross country skiing is an excellent low impact exercise, easy to learn, and a lifetime sport. Allegany Nordic will be on hand to help and give tips to new comers. All levels are welcome as we head into the woods for an evening ski on Sweetwater Trail. Bring a headlamp, your sense of adventure and something to share for the social.  Rental equipment will be available for a special price of $10 at the Summit Warming Hut from 5- 6 p.m. Come early to get fitted properly. The program starts at 6 p.m. with a short clinic.

The Outdoor Adventure Series is a great way to learn about all the fun activities offered within Allegany State Park- Western New York’s Playground. Check our Facebook page for more Outdoor Adventure Series programs coming up in 2018.

Please register for this event before 3 p.m. the day of the program. For more information, contact the Environmental Education/ Recreation Department at (716)354-9101 ext. 236 or AlleganySP@parks.ny.gov.

Sunset Snowshoe/Evening Hikes Start Jan. 2

Every Tuesday in January and February, 4:30 p.m.

Starting at the Summit Warming Hut on the Red House side of the park, we will be hiking the new trail called Bear Paw dedicated to snowshoe use and hiking with dogs (as long as they are leashed). The 2.4 trail is easy – moderate with some slight elevation changes.

Participants should dress for the weather, bring a flashlight or headlamp, water, snack, and a sense of adventure. Everyone is welcome to stay after the hike to socialize in the Warming Hut. If there is no snow, we will just walk the trails of the Art Roscoe Area.

**Snowshoes are available to use during the program. Supplies are limited. Please call in advance to reserve a pair. (716) 354-9101 ext. 232.

Rentals are also available through the following locations in Ellicottville. Adventure Bound on the Fly (716) 217-4047), The City Garage- (716- 699-2054), Dekdebruns Ski & Snowboard- (716-699 -2754) For more information call 354-9101 ext. 232 or email adele.wellman@parks.ny.gov

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