Allan h. treman is one of the largest inland marinas in new york state. it boasts 370 seasonal, 30 transient and 30 dry boat slips. for folks trailering boats, the park has an 8-lane boat launch ramp. the marina is an excellent port-of-call off the barge canal system at the south end of cayuga lake and within easy walking distance to the city of ithaca along the cayuga waterfront trail. for bird watching fans, the hog hole wetland and the cayuga lake shoreline make for great opportunities to view waterfowl and wetland species.
The quaker area is known for its two lakes and wonderful camping experiences. it offers a sandy beach for swimming, two fishing piers and a canoeing or kayaking access point. friend's boat launch makes the allegany reservoir available to the boating enthusiasts. the many hiking trails give opportunities to explore the naturally formed caves, plus the diversity of plants and wildlife. many come to relax with the programs offered at the quaker amphitheater, by picnicking, or just letting the children spend time on the playground. if you enjoy sports, you can use our horse shoe pits, baseball fields, basketball, volley ball or tennis courts. the old quaker store has been completely restored and now houses a park museum. interesting exhibits document the history of allegany state park as "the wilderness playground of western new york", and orient visitors to the parks unique features and attractions, both past and present. allegany's mixed hemlock /hardwood forest, mountains, rolling hills and meadows, streams, ponds and lakes attract devoted outdoors enthusiasts year-round.
The red house area is known for the historic tudor-style administration building and everything centrally located around the red house lake. it offers 5 miles of paved bike paths, boat and bike rentals, a sandy beach for swimming, fishing and snowmobiling. feel free to exercise by walking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, playing softball tennis, horse shoes or even a game of volleyball. the administration building features a natural history museum, regional headquarters and a gift shop. thunder rocks is an impressive bedrock city that allows for the nature lover to see the hidden beauty that this park is known for. the stone tower structure shows vistas of the rolling hills of mature forests. the many beaver ponds are a good place to observe the diversity of wildlife located in the park.
Earl w. brydges artpark is dedicated to presenting the finest in performing and visual arts programs, including broadway musicals and classical, jazz and pop music concerts; art exhibits; classes, workshops and demonstrations, and tours of the park's geological and historic sites and nature trails. lower landing archeological district is a key point in the colonial niagara historic district. take the virtual tour!
This park derived its name from a battle which took place on a nearby island on the oswego river in the mid-1700s. in 1916 most of the land owned by f. a. emerick was deeded to the state. battle island officially became a state park in 1938 when the remaining land was turned over.the popular course near fulton lies adjacent to the oswego river and offers golfers magnificent views from a number of its fairways and greens. the 18-hole battle island state park golf course is a challenging one for the "budding professional" and amateur player. the park also is used in winter for cross-country skiing.
Bayard cutting arboretum's purpose is "to provide an oasis of beauty and quiet for the pleasure, rest and refreshment of those who delight in outdoor beauty, and to bring about a greater appreciation and understanding of the value and importance of informal planting." the current collection of fir, spruce, pine, cypress, hemlock and other conifers is probably the most extensive to be found on long island. also found are extensive plantings of dwarf evergreens, rhododendron, azaleas, hollies and oaks, wildflowers and daffodils. with the park's ponds and streamlets, these plantings provide food and homes for land and aquatic birds, fox, raccoon and other wildlife.a permit is required to take wedding photos at bayard cutting arboretum state park. it must be obtained prior to the event and a fee may be required. please contact the park for further information.
Bayswater point state park comprises 12 acres at the tip of a peninsula in the rockaways that juts out into the mott basin on the eastern shore of jamaica bay. the terrain is varied and includes beachfront, wetlands and woodlands. this diversity helps make it an ideal habitat for migrating and nesting birds. the goal of this park is to preserve the existing natural systems, and if feasible, restore what has been lost. passive recreation, such as hiking and nature study, are encouraged.
Bear mountain state park is situated in rugged mountains rising from the west bank of the hudson river. the park features a large play field, shaded picnic groves, lake and river fishing access, a swimming pool, trailside musueums and zoo, hiking, biking and cross-country ski trails. an outdoor rink is open to ice skaters from late october through mid-march. the perkins memorial tower atop bear mountain affords spectacular views of the park, the hudson highlands and harriman state park. perkins memorial drive and tower are open from april through late november, weather permitting.
Beaver island state park is located at the south end of grand island in the upper niagara river. the 950 acre park has a half-mile sandy beach for swimming, adjacent 80 slip marina with both seasonal and transient boat slips, fishing access, car-top boat launch, multiple canoe/kayak launches, bike and nature trails, nature center, playgrounds, picnic areas, athletic fields, horseshoe pits, an 18 hole championship disc golf course, an 18-hole championship golf course. also located in the park is the river lea house and musuem, home to the grand island historical society and built by william cleveland allen, cousin to grover cleveland who visited the family farm on several occasions. in winter, visitors can snowmobile by permit, cross-country ski, snowshoe, sled or ice fish. water fowl hunting is allowed in season by permit. beaver island clubhouse has banquet and catering facilities. for more information please call the park office.
Beaver pond campgrounds adjoin the lake welch recreation area within harriman state park. the campgrounds include tent and trailer sites, as well as accommodations for larger vehicles. comfort stations, showers, laundry facilities and a dumping station are part of the campgrounds.
Belmont lake state park is a full service park and the headquarters of the long island state park region. activities include boating, fishing, picnicking, biking, horseback riding, hiking and cross-country skiing. the park also has playing fields, horseshoe and basketball courts and playgrounds.
Bethpage state park is best known for its five world-class golf courses, including the world-renowned black course which was the site of the u.s. open championship in 2002 and 2009. visitors also flock to the park to use the park's picnic facilities, playing fields, tennis courts, bridle paths, hiking and biking trails and cross-county skiing trails.
Perched atop a hill in southern otsego county, betty and wilbur davis state park provides spectacular views to the south and west. nearly two thirds of the park is blanketed by a forest of hardwoods intermixed with smaller areas of conifer plantation. the remainder of this 200-acre property is occupied by gently rolling meadowlands and two ponds.the park, which is named for the generous new york couple who donated the land to the state, offers a variety of recreational opportunities. with expansive views and tranquil surroundings, betty and wilbur davis state park is a favorite among birdwatchers and other nature lovers.
Big six mile creek state park marina is located in a protected inlet off of the upper niagara river. this marina provides a boat launch for boating and world class fishing access, 134 seasonal boat slips, gasoline and oil sales, ice and pump out service. seasonal slip vacancies are filled by a lottery every year.
Nestled above the shore overlooking seneca lake, this park derived its name from the amazing lake view visible from the golf course. the 9-hole course can be played twice from different tees for an 18-hole round. there is also an attractive clubhouse/ restaurant. the park has shaded picnic areas and food is available at the snack bar. bow hunting is allowed in season, call for details.
Bowman lake state park is a remote sylvan retreat known as "a camper's paradise." scenic park roads wind through evergreen and hardwood forests to shady campsites. there is a sandy lakefront for swimmers and sunbathers with several picnic areas nearby. the lake is regularly stocked with trout, and birdwatchers can spot as many as 103 species of birds. the park also has a nature center.
Once property of brookhaven national laboratory and former military installation called camp upton, brookhaven state park is 1,638-acres and is part of the central core of the long island pine barrens. the park runs along the east side william floyd parkway north of whiskey road, and between ny 25 and ny 25a. for the avid hiker, the park features the brookhaven trail, which heads south through the park and hooks up with the white-blazed paumanok path.
Buckhorn island state park nature preserve, 895 acres of marsh, meadows and woods and the last vestige of once vast marshlands and meadows that bordered the niagara river, is classified as a park preserve. the public is welcome to walk the nature trails, hike, bike, kayak, canoe, fish and cross-country ski in the park. ongoing restoration continues to re-establish wetland cover and water levels and increase the diversity of native flora and fauna. the ongoing restoration plan includes increasing public access with more non-intrusive trails, overlooks and bird watching blinds.
Burnham point state park is small and quiet with lightly-wooded campsites, ideal for boating, fishing and relaxing. boaters can explore local towns, islands and historic sites for miles up and down the scenic river. popular game fish include bass, pike, muskellunge and walleye.
Buttermilk falls state park takes its name from the foaming cascade formed by buttermilk creek as it flows down the steep valley side toward cayuga lake. the upper park has a small lake, hiking trails through woodlands and along the gorge and rim, picnic areas and playing fields. the lower park has a campground, pool and playing fields, beyond which is larch meadows. larch meadows is a moist, shady glen and wetland area through which a nature trail winds. park activities, including tours through buttermilk gorge, which are offered weekly from july 4th through labor day.
Nestled in the heart of smithtown, caleb smith state park preserve is one of only two state nature preserves on long island. within its 543 acres are a variety of habitats offering guests picturesque views that change with the seasons. caleb smith is a passive use park. this not only helps protect the local plant and wildlife populations but also allows visitors to escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and enjoy the quiet serenity that can only be found in nature.
Camp hero state park encompasses 415 acres of diverse landscape including heavily wooded areas, a long expanse of beachfront along the atlantic ocean, and an historic military installation. specific features of camp hero are magnificent pristine maritime forests, freshwater wetlands, spectacular ocean vistas and dramatic bluffs rising from the beach. an extensive system of trails is available for hiking, biking and horseback riding. the park boasts some of the best surf fishing locations in the world, open 24 hours a day to fishermen with permits, and areas for picnicking. an undisturbed environment shelters bountiful wildlife and an abundance of birds. the former military base that is in the park is registered as a national historic site.
Notice: canandaigua lake state marine park will close on september 6, 2011 for construction. access to the park will begin to be limited on august 8, when 2 of the 6 ramps will close. after labor day, the launch ramps will be completely reconstructed and to ensure the public's safety, access will not be permitted. anyone who is planning to use the state boat launch to remove their boat from canandaigua lake this year is encouraged to do this as early as possible. the last day the boat launch will be available for public use is monday, september 5. the park is expected to reopen before january 1, 2012.