It's time to see the blazing reds, oranges and yellows of the autumn trees as you discover the ‘view’tiful autumn throughout Cattaraugus County, Western NY. Vibrant hillsides will paint the backdrop for your trip to explore our outdoor paradises or while joining in any of our fun festivals. Wait! Summer's not over yet! The days are still hot and the nights are cool throughout August in the Enchanted Mountains. We are just a short drive down Rt. 219 or Rt. 62 from Buffalo - or exits 15 through 27 on Interstate 86!
August starts with summer's Tradition for the last 175 years - the Cattaraugus County Fair! View the animal barns, ride the rides, tour the booths and games, or enjoy the entertainment at this iconic event. Joe Nichols is the major concert event on August 3rd, but each night features demos, UTV drag racing, the Monster Mash Truck Rally and a pulling series!
The fun continues as some of our brightest and booming events take place, all of which can be found at EnchantedMountains.com/Events. Highlights are the Ellicottville Rock 'n Roll Weekend, the ever popular "Rally in the Valley" motorcycle event, "Gus Macker" in Olean, Family Beach party at Allegany State Park, and the Ischua Valley Falling Leaves Regatta. And just when you think summer is ending September offers a Regatta, Pumpkinville's opening, 40 miles of yard sales, and the quaint Bonagany Festival! October brings the night to life with Nightmare Hayrides opening, Ellicottville Fall Festival and plenty of attractions to get you in that Spooky Feeling of Halloween!
Fall in Cattaraugus County is one of the most beautiful times of year! We are loaded with a spectacular array of trees that are packed with leaves in August and begin to turn to color in September. With tree-lined hills there is a plethora of leaf peeping opportunities, no admission required! Rock City Park allows you to explore under, around and sometimes on top of huge conglomerate rocks (3 stories high). You begin at the top of the rocks where you see forever views of the tree top. Then you take the stairs down into crevices between the rocks to view the trees from a normal height, as you hike the path leading you around the Balancing Rock, the Three Sisters and Dining Hall Pass. Columbus Day brings the Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show where you can purchase and learn about rare and common rocks from around the world!
Griffis Sculpture Park gives visitors a unique outdoor experience in the fall. Not only can you enjoy the colors throughout the numerous trees, but you can see larger than life sculptures, basking in the golden sun. During this time of year you can also explore Griffis at night when Night Lights returns mid September, bathing the sculptures and wooded areas with brilliant colors, interactive lighting displays and serene music.
Sprague's Maple Farm and Restaurant allows visitors to hike their trails to see the fall foliage, looking for the sugarhouse, teepee, and maple lines running through the trees as they go along. Weekends in October they also offer free wagon rides up to the sugarhouse for warm mulled cider and maple cake donuts! Maple Syrup, delicious food, and fall foliage - doesn't get much better than that!
Allegany State Park books up early for the fall season. Families and friends have made it a yearly tradition to camp here to take in autumn beauty along with bike riding, photography or sitting by the campfire on the cool fall nights. You don't need to pack a thing since you can rent bikes, kayaks, or even a stand up paddleboard. Hike the trails through the woods, tour the new bathhouse at Quaker or enjoy dinner on the new outdoor patio in front of the Red House Administration Building.
One of the best places to see the leaves is the Amish Trail. Take a scenic drive through the rural countryside of the western part of our County. See Amish farmers out harvesting their fields with teams of work horses. Amish roadside stands and shops overflow with the fruits of their summer labor. Fresh homemade jams and jellies, colorful handcrafted rugs and quilts, woven baskets, handmade furniture, wooden toys and yummy goat’s milk fudge can all be found. Perfectly painted landscapes of the rolling hills, fresh with their colorful leaves, will welcome you on your trip while you venture from Amish shop to shop, finding quality hand-crafted items.
If the weather doesn't cooperate there's a plethora of indoor fun as well, including major concert events at the Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino. Coming up August 26, are the legendary 70s entertainers Donny and Marie Osmond! Then September 9th is Country star Billy Currington and later "Magic of Motown" September 19th. Don't miss these amazing concerts and all the fun at this four diamond resort!
So if fall is your favorite, then head over to the Enchanted Mountains, aka Cattaraugus County, in Western NY. You will find a harvest of autumn attractions and destinations! For additional information, call toll free at 1-800-331-0543 or visit www.EnchantedMountains.com.