Part of our Regional Camping in New York State Series
In this post, we are focused on camping in the Chautauqua-Allegheny region of New York State. The Chautauqua-Allegheny region stretches from the Allegheny mountains to Lake Erie. It is filled with mountains, lakes, forests, vineyards, and more. It is a great location no matter what kind of camping trip you are looking for!
Here is just a short list of the things you can do:
Tasting Regional Flavors
The Chautauqua-Allegheny region is home to 23 wineries as well as endless amounts of homegrown goodies. Local sugar shacks, maple products, grapes, and sweet corn are just the beginning of everything this region has to offer. Spragues Maple Farms is a great play to dine no matter what time of the day it is. You can also reserve a spot on a Maple Tour, available seasonally, Monday through Thursday.
Lake Erie Wine Country
Lake Erie Wine Country extends about 50 miles. With over 20 wineries in the area, you may never want to leave. If looking to take a wine tour, they offer five types of transportation including limousine services, as well as a trolley. Make your wine tour even more excited by adding in a game of golf, horseback riding, hiking, or boating. Wine Country is full of amazing small towns that have a lot to offer!
Zoar Valley Canoe & Rafting Company
Let your adventurous side out and go down to “Western New York’s hidden gem”, a white water rafting trip through Zoar Valley. You will see waterfalls, amazing wildlife, and cliffs that are hundreds of feet high. Block off a good chunk of time to complete this activity, as this trip can take anywhere between 2-4 hours to finish. A 6-mile run is also available on the lower part of the river.
Fishing in the Genesee River
Trophy size walleye and smallmouth bass are everywhere in Lake Erie, which makes for a perfect fishing trip! Whether you want a quiet morning by yourself, or an afternoon on the lake fishing with the family, you are sure to have a good time here. Chautauqua Lake offers a free docking if you go during the day. Be sure to check the fishing conditions for the week before you go out there! Chautauqua Lake, The Genesee River, and Cattaraugus Creek are also very popular fishing spots in this region.
Jamestown Audubon Nature Center
The goal at the Audubon Nature Center is to connect people to nature and get them to be environmentally friendly and responsible. They offer over five miles of trails, educational gardens, a 3-story nature center building, live animals, and so much more. Audubon is a great break from the busy day to day life, and it will help bring you closer to nature, while allowing you to meet all sorts of people!
The Chautauqua-Allegheny region is also famous for the Chautauqua Institution. Located in Chautauqua, NY, the Chautauqua Institute is host to a mix of fine and performing arts, lectures, and other recreational programs.
With many campgrounds in the Chautauqua-Allegheny Region, there's something for everyone! Be sure to check out the full list of campgrounds in this region to find what campground is perfect for you and your family!