Attractions in Olean, New York

Attractions in Olean, New York
Olean is in the southwestern part of New York. The valley of the Allegheny Mountains separates Olean, making the area a prime location for outdoor enthusiasts. Centrally located to state parks, golf courses, rivers and many multi-use trails, Olean welcomes experienced athletes and visitors curious to try something new. If you like the outdoors, your favorite activities are likely available here.

Allegheny River Valley Trail

The Allegheny River Valley Trail is a 5.6-mile, 10-foot wide flat loop that runs through Olean, Allegany, and area campuses. The trail passes through residential and commercial areas as well as woods and banks of the Allegheny River. The hike is used year round by hikers, cyclists, runners and in-line skaters.

Allegheny River Valley Trail
Olean, N.Y.
(716) 372-4433

Allegany State Park

The Allegheny State Park in Salamanca, New York is a 25-minute drive from Olean. At 65,000 acres, it is New York's largest state park and is worth the drive. Visitors enjoy the ski slopes of Holiday Valley, Bucktooth rapids, 18 hiking trails and 35 miles of multi-use trails popular for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, horseback riding, cycling and driving snowmobiles. Campers have their choice of 150 winterized cabins or the Highlands camp grounds, which are open until December.

Allegany State Park
2373 ASP, Route 1, Suite 3
Salamanca, N.Y. 14779
(716) 354-9121

Rock City Park

Rock City Park, south of Olean, takes the quest for scenic views to another level. Comfortable walking shoes and casual clothing is all you need to enjoy the 1,000-square-mile panoramic view of Rock City Park. The park is made up of a prehistoric ocean floor called ocean spar and quartz formations dated to be a 500 million years old. The park first opened in 1890 and now houses a museum of the park's history. The 3/4 mile nature trail includes a picnic area.

Rock City Park
505 Route 16 South
Olean, N.Y. 14760
(866) 404-ROCK (4625)

Article Written By Aurora LaJambre

Aurora LaJambre is a writer and editor living in Brooklyn, N.Y. For over five years she's covered topics in culture, lifestyle, travel, DIY design and green living for print and online media. Her publication credits include "WOW Women on Writing," "Six States" and She graduated from New York University in 2003 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in creative writing.

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