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Featured Parks in in the Chautauqua/Allegheny area

(including Nature Preserves & Gardens)

Allegany State Park, Salamanca, Cattaraugus County

One of the few old-growth forests in New York state, Allegany State Park has 80 miles of hiking trails and 25 miles of groomed cross country ski trails. Two large lakes for fishing, swimming and boating. Three campgrounds. Giant Rock City Park (Olean). Kinzua Dam, a 91-mile-round body of water. Boat launches.716-354-9101. Cabin rental. 800-456-CAMP.

Finger Lakes Trail, Regional

544 miles of hiking trail from Allegany State Park to the Catskills. The Finger Lakes Trail goes through Finger Lakes National Forest: New York state's only national forest. 585-658-9320. www.fingerlakestrail.org

Nannen Arboretum, Ellicotville, Cattaraugus County

Trees, herbs, flowers and a Japanese stone garden flourish at the Nannen Arboretum in Ellicottville, Cattaraugus County. 716-699-2377

Roger Tory Peterson Institute, Jamestown, Chautauqua County

A butterfly garden, trails, wildlife art and nature photography abound on 27 acres at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute in Jamestown, Chautauqua County. 716-665-2473 Another pretty spot is the Jamestown Audubon Nature Center, a 600-acre nature sanctuary with 5 miles of nature trails and an interpretive building with nature exhibits. 716-569-2345. www.jamestownaudubon.org

More Parks

Allenberg Bog Wildlife Refuge: Cattaraugus County. 800-331-0543

Zoar Valley/Deer Lick Nature Sanctuary: Cattaraugus County.

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