Allegany County

Allegany County is a county located in the U.S. state of New York. As of the 2010 census, the population was 48,946.[1] Its name derives from a Delaware Indian word, applied by settlers of Western New York State to a trail that followed the Allegheny River. Its county seat is Belmont.

Allegany County is in the southwestern part of New York State, along the Pennsylvania border. Allegany County does not lie along the Allegheny River, as its name would suggest. The highest point in the county is Alma Hill with an elevation of 2,548' above sea level. This is the highest point west of the Catskill Mountains in New York State. The highest point of Interstate 86 is located in the Town of West Almond with an elevation of 2,110'. This is also believed to be the highest point of any Interstate in the New York.

The Genesee River bisects the county from south to north. In June 1972 the remnants of Hurricane Agnes stalled over the area, dropping more than 20 inches (510 mm) of rain. There was memorable flooding in Wellsville, Belmont, Belfast and other valley communities of the county. The Genesee River is extremely popular with canoeists (as it was a favored route for Native Americans) and the river abounds in smallmouth bass, trout and panfish.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allegany_County,_New_York

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Keaney Swamp State Forest
Keeney Swamp State Forest
Klipnocky State Forest
Rattlesnake Hill WMA
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Map: Canacadea State Forest

Map: Canacadea State Forest

Operated as a flood control project by the US Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District. The dam was completed in June 1949 at a cost of $5.5 million and helps reduce flooding in Hornell.

http://corpslakes.usace.army.mil/visitors/projects.cfm?Id=E100240

Canacadea State Forest is located one mile west of Hornell, near the hamlet of Almond, in the Allegheny Plateau. The forest is located in the town of Hornellsville, Steuben County.

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Recreational opportunities in this state forest focus on rustic experiences with a limited amount of development. There are no formally designated trails. Town, county, and DEC roads provide mountain biking opportunities.

Hunting and trapping are permitted on the property in accordance with all game regulations, unless otherwise posted. Traps may not be set on public road right of ways. Body gripping traps set on land must be at least 100 feet from public trails. Permanent tree stands are prohibited. However, a tree stand or blind is allowed, provided that it does not injure any trees, is properly marked or tagged with the owner's name and address or valid hunting or fishing license number, and is placed and used during big game season, migratory game bird season, or turkey season, but no more than thirty days in one location per calendar year.

http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/38917.html

Map: Hiltonville State Forest

Map: Hiltonville State Forest

Hiltonville State Forest totals 999 acres. This area provides opportunities for many outdoor recreational activities including hiking, snowmobiling, camping, fishing and hunting. The state forest is also a source of raw material for New York's forest products industry which provides employment and income for many New Yorkers. It also provides habitats for many wildlife species such as deer, rabbit, grouse and turkey.

http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/49573.html

Map: Bully Hill State Forest

Map: Bully Hill State Forest

Bully Hill State Forest, also known as Allegany #3, totals 3,513 acres. The state forest is located in Allegany County in the Towns of Almond and Birdsall and parallels County Route 2. This area provides opportunities for outdoor recreational activities, such as, hiking, snowmobiling, camping, bird watching, nature photography and hunting.

It is also a source of raw material for New York's forest products industry, which provides employment and income for many New Yorkers, and provides habitat for wildlife species such as deer, rabbit, grouse and turkey.

http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/52281.html

Map: Turnpike State Forest

Map: Turnpike State Forest

Turnpike State Forest totals 4,744 acres. This area provides opportunities for outdoor recreational activities such as cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, biking, horseback riding, snowmobiling, camping, bird watching, nature photography, and hunting. The forest provides habitat for wildlife species such as deer, rabbit, grouse and turkey.

In the 1930s, Turnpike State Forest was the site of many work projects carried out by the Civilian Conservation Corps, or CCC. The CCC, established by the administration of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, provided employment opportunities for young men during the depression. CCC projects included the construction of roads and the planting of thousands of pine and spruce trees in the open areas on the property.

http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/51321.html

Map: Keaney Swamp Wildlife Management Area

Map: Keaney Swamp Wildlife Management Area

Keeney Swamp State Forest (Allegany Reforestation Area #5) is located in the Towns of Birdsall and Grove in Allegany County. The forest is named after the natural wetland complex that lies in the headwaters of Black Creek. Keeney Swamp is the only place in Allegany County (and one of only a handful of places in western New York State) where balsam fir occurs naturally.

http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/53634.html

Map: Cold Creek And Lost Nation State Forest

Map: Cold Creek And Lost Nation State Forest

Lost Nation State Forest covers a total of 1,344 acres. The forest is named after the fabled "Lost Nation," a resident tribe of Native Americans who unexpectedly disappeared from the area without a trace. There are no designated trails but hiking is allowed throughout the property.

In the 1930's, the Lost Nation Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camp, S-126, was located on this State Forest along Lost Nation Road. Other than a small concrete building foundation, an artesian well and the Norway spruce trees lining the road, little evidence of the camp remains. One of the camp buildings still exists, having been moved to private property on Vosburg Cross Road and known locally as "Sam's Dance Hall."

http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/53423.html

The 501-acre Cold Creek State Forest is located in the on the Wyoming-Allegany County line. There are no trails on the unit but hiking is allowed on forest roads and throughout the property.

The Centerville area was settled shortly after 1800. Early residents were attracted by the high-quality timber growing there. Ironically, most of this high-quality timberland was eventually cleared for agriculture, but by the early 1900's much of the worn-out farmland was being abandoned and was reverting once again to forest.

http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/55466.html

Good morning! Sunny and 42 degrees in Ossian State Forest. There is a west-southwest breeze at 10 mph. Not a half bad morning but still pretty breezy. Taking down camp now and will be heading north to Letchworth State Park in a bit. Then I’ll be heading west, most likely to Cattaraugus County. 

Definitely nice and warm in the tent, it makes getting changed and washed up so much more pleasant when it’s 75 degrees versus the truck cap when you’re above the covers and it’s only slightly above the ambient air temperature between 20 and 30. On a breezy day like today, you occasionally feel a cool breeze blowing in the tent but it’s still very comfortable for getting changed and warming things up before bed. 

Carbon monoxide detector continues to read zero, which is normal because a catalytic converter heater should never put out any measurable level of CO. That said it is fuel burning appliance and a malfunction could occur. It also never gets real hot to the touch because it radiates the heat but never gets above a couple hundred degrees on its surface. You can touch the metal safely except when its on its highest setting. 

Today will be a nice one. Look for  sunny conditions, with a high of 56 degrees at 2pm. Seven degrees above normal.  Southwest wind 7 to 11 mph. Should be a pretty nice day especially compared to last year. Last year, mostly cloudy with a high around 44. The record high of 70 was set in 1973. There was 14.4 inches of snow back in 1972.

The sun will set at 4:48 pm with dusk around 5:19 pm, which is 54 seconds earlier than yesterday. Today will have 9 hours and 46 minutes of daylight, a decrease of 2 minutes and 9 seconds over yesterday.

Tonight will be partly cloudy, with a low of 36 degrees at 5am. Three degrees above normal. Southwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm after midnight. One year ago, partly cloudy with a low around 30. The record low of 14 occurred back in 1939.

Good evening! Ample moonlight  and 49 degrees at the Ossian State Forest. Tonight is the Beaver Full Moon. Under clear skies the woods is pretty easy to see. There is a west-southwest breeze at 15 mph. Not so cold but just as breezy or maybe more so then when I was at Finger Lakes National Forest. The breeze does blow out the pilot a fair bit but it’s mild enough I’ll probably just leave the heater off and just sit next to the fire until bed. 

Took Waze out to Ossian State Forest, taking the blue highways. This one county highway I took wound through a deep gorge and was kind of interesting. Drove through Bath for the first time. Looked at camping at Evergreen Lake but the firewood was well picked over so I decided to set up my tent in the backcountry about 200 ft off a back road. 

Didn’t visit any place special today but I still liked seeing the small towns and back roads. Sometimes the best and most interesting trips aren’t any one in particular. 

Tonight will be clear, with a low of 37 degrees at 5am. Four degrees above normal. Southwest wind around 15 mph. One year ago, mostly cloudy with a low around 35. The record low of 12 occurred back in 1996. 

Tomorrow will be sunny, with a high of 58 degrees at 2pm. Nine degrees above normal. Southwest wind 7 to 13 mph. Last year, mostly cloudy with a high around 44. The record high of 70 was set in 1973. There was 14.4 inches of snow back in 1972. The sun will rise at 7:01 am with the first light at 6:31 am, which is 1 minutes and 15 seconds later then yesterday.

Tomorrow I will spend some time in Rattlesnake WMA then Letchworth State Park. I think I will break camp in the morning and head further west – maybe East Otto State Forest  or Rock City State Forest. I’ll have to think what I want to do come the morning. 

Looking ahead, Christmas is in 6 weeks and New Years Day is in seven. .

Good morning! Happy Sunday. Today is first day of the Winter 2016-17 season when we can expect am average low below freezing every day. It’s also seven weeks out through New Years Day and six weeks out from Christmas. 

Right now we have sunny conditions and 36 degrees in Watkins Glen. Breezy, 16 mph breeze from the west. But not as bitterly cold as Friday night but I’ll be glad to be camping somewhere tonight  that is a bit more sheltered. 

Today will be sunny, with a high of 52 degrees at 2pm. Four degrees above normal. West wind 14 to 16 mph. Except for the wind not too bad. Getting off the mountain should be less windy.  Last year, partly cloudy with a high around 56. The record high of 69 was set in 1964. There was 6 inches of snow back in 1886.
The sun will set at 4:45 pm with dusk around 5:15 pm, which is 56 seconds earlier than yesterday. Today will have 9 hours and 48 minutes of daylight, a decrease of 2 minutes and 11 seconds over yesterday.

Tonight will be clear, with a low of 32 degrees at 6am. Typical for tonight. Southwest wind 15 to 17 mph. One year ago, mostly cloudy with a low around 35. The record low of 12 occurred back in 1996.

There are 6 weeks until Christmas when the sun will be setting at 4:40 pm with dusk at 5:12 pm. The average high temperature is 33 degrees, with a record high of 66 in 1889.

Map: Rattlesnake Hill Wildlife Mangement Area

Map: Rattlesnake Hill Wildlife Mangement Area

The Rattlesnake Hill Wildlife Management Area is a 5,100 acre upland tract, situated approximately eight miles west of Dansville, New York. Roughly two-thirds of the area lies in southern Livingston County, while the remaining third lies in northern Allegany County. The tract was purchased in the 1930's under the Federal Resettlement Administration and is one of several such areas turned over to DEC for development as a wildlife management area.

The area is appropriately named after the Timber Rattlesnake, which may be occasionally found in the more remote sections of the "Hill".

The area offers an interesting blend of upland habitats such as mature woodland, overgrown fields, conifer plantations, old growth apple orchards and open meadows.

The area is inhabited by a variety of game species and is open to public hunting. The white-tailed deer, wild turkey, ruffed grouse, grey squirrel, cottontail rabbit and woodcock are found on the area. An occasional snowshoe hare may be observed adjacent to thick creek bottom brush or conifer plantation habitats.

A number of small marsh units have been developed and provide limited hunting for waterfowl. Some of the area's furbearing species such as mink, beaver and raccoon may be occasionally viewed at these marsh units.

http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/24443.html

Map: Coyle Hill State Forest

Map: Coyle Hill State Forest

The 2,343-acre Coyle Hill State Forest provides opportunities for outdoor recreational activities including hiking, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, camping, hiking, horseback riding, and hunting.

The forest is a source of raw material for New York's forest products industry, which provides employment and income for many New Yorkers. It also provides various habitats for many wildlife species such as deer, rabbit, grouse and turkey.

http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/49443.html