Allegheny Plateau, NY

Travel Guide
Keuka Lake State Park featuring a lake or waterhole, a bridge and boating

Forests, lakes, mountains, wildlife and ski trails draw visitors to this picturesque part of western New York.

The Allegheny Plateau is part of the Appalachian highlands in the eastern United States. The vast upland area stretches southward for more than 500 miles (805 kilometers) from central New York State, passing through parts of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Virginia and Maryland. The region has varied terrain of forests, mountains, lakes and canyons.

Hike through the primitive forested valley of Allegany State Park in New York on trails of various lengths for all ability levels. During the winter some of the routes are used for cross-country skiing. Other park activities include canoeing, ice fishing, swimming and boating across Chautauqua Lake.

For excellent sunset views, walk up to the high bluffs overlooking one of the Great Lakes at Lake Erie State Park. During the day, look for the wildlife that can be seen in and around the lake. In shaded wetlands and pools at the north end of the park look for frogs and salamanders. Venture close to the lake shoreline to have a good chance of photographing raptors and other migratory birds. Look and listen for bald eagles and red-headed woodpeckers.

Stay overnight in a tent or log cabin or alternatively in a hotel in Allegany. The town’s attractions are also well worth a visit. Bike or rollerblade along the Allegheny River Valley Trail, a 5.6-mile (9-kilometer) loop along the river. Stroll the campus of St. Bonaventure University, run by the Franciscans, a Catholic religious order. Reserve a table at a downtown restaurant for lunch or dinner.

Explore more towns and villages to learn about life in the area. Visit East Otto for the Griffis Sculpture Park, a 450-acre (182-hectare) park filled with more than 200 large sculptures. Salamanca lies within an Indian reservation where many members of the Seneca Nation of Indians live. Here you will find plenty of shops, restaurants, museums and a casino.

The Allegheny Plateau is an area of great beauty. Walk on one of the many forested trails, visit fascinating towns and enjoy staggering views.

Where to stay in Allegheny Plateau

Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino
Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino
4 out of 5
777 Seneca Allegany Blvd, Salamanca, NY
The price is $76 per night from Sep 28 to Sep 28
Situated in Salamanca, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Seneca Iroquois National Museum and Seneca Allegany Casino. Allegany State Park and Holiday Valley ...
4.4/5Excellent! (973 reviews)
"Hotel staff was pleasant and the rooms were clean."

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2021

Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino
Edelweiss Lodge
Edelweiss Lodge
2.5 out of 5
29 Jefferson Street, Ellicottville, NY
The price is $89 per night from Sep 29 to Sep 29
Situated in the mountains, this lodge is within 1 mi (2 km) of Winery of Ellicottville, Nannen Arboretum, and Sky High Aerial Adventure Park. Holiday Valley ...
3.9/5Good! (801 reviews)
"Our coffee pot had old coffee grounds and wasn't washed. Dust was clearly seen... shower curtain was dirty and tub wouldn't drain well. Beds were clean and comfy. Toilet and bathtub were also clean! Just overlooked other details. Charming outdoors and clean halls!"

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2021

Edelweiss Lodge
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Mount Morris, NY
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Mount Morris, NY
3 out of 5
130 N Main St, Mount Morris, NY
The price is $142 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 27
Situated in Mount Morris, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Genesee Valley Greenway State Park and Letchworth State Park. Mt. Morris Entrance and Mount Morris ...
4.3/5Excellent! (607 reviews)
"There were some maintenance issues with the shower and the room. I found ants in the room as well. However, I did not inform the staff until check-out so they were unaware until then."

Reviewed on Sep 17, 2021

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Mount Morris, NY
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Ranch-Hand Cabin Near Letchworth State Park
Ranch-Hand Cabin Near Letchworth State Park
Nunda, NY
The price is $90 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 26
Situated in a rural location, this apartment building is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Genesee Valley Greenway State Park and within 9 mi (15 km) of Swain Ski Center ...
5/5Exceptional! (4 reviews)
"The scenic view was amazing. It was vwry nice and cozy."

Reviewed on Sep 10, 2021

Ranch-Hand Cabin Near Letchworth State Park
The Tamarack Club
The Tamarack Club
3 out of 5
6447 Holiday Valley Rd, Ellicottville, NY
The price is $146 per night from Oct 18 to Oct 18
Set amidst the mountains, this ski-in/ski-out aparthotel in Ellicottville is within a 5-minute walk of Holiday Valley Resort and Sky High Aerial Adventure Park ...
4.3/5Excellent! (66 reviews)
"The outside are with the games was fun, need the get better corn hole boards. The fire pit was awsome, sat outside until late talking with new friends. Great experience"

Reviewed on Aug 28, 2021

The Tamarack Club
Newly Renovated Rustic Home at Canandaigua Lake
Newly Renovated Rustic Home at Canandaigua Lake
Rushville, NY
Located on a lake, this family-friendly vacation home is within 12 mi (20 km) of Deep Run Beach, West River Marsh, and Clarks Gully. Majestic Hills Golf Course ...
5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
East Lake Rd Stay
"The house was very nice and clean. A brand new gas grill was provided for us. Much work had been done to remodel the property. Very quiet-- no traffic-- we could hear the birds on the lake"

Reviewed on Sep 1, 2021

Newly Renovated Rustic Home at Canandaigua Lake
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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