Cattaraugus County

Cattaraugus County is a county located in the U.S. state of New York. As of the 2010 census, the population was 80,317. The county seat is Little Valley.

Cattaraugus County is in the southwestern part of the state, immediately north of the Pennsylvania border. The southern part of Cattaraugus County is the only area of western New York that was not covered by the last ice age glaciation and is noticeably more rugged than neighboring areas that had peaks rounded and valleys filled by the glacier. The entire area is actually a dissected plateau of Pennsylvanian and Mississippian age, but appears mountainous to the casual observer. The plateau is an extension of the Allegany Plateau from nearby Pennsylvania. Southern Cattaraugus County is part of the same oil field, and petroleum was formerly a resource of the area. It is now mostly played out, but natural gas continues to be extracted.,_New_York

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New York State
Allegany State Park
Bear Creek State Forest
Birch Run Ponds Wildlife Management Area
Boyce Hill State Forest
Bryant Hill State Forest
Bucktooth State Forest
Bush Hill State Forest
Cattaraugus State Forest
Conewango Swamp WMA
Dobbins Memorial State Forest
East Otto State Forest
Elkdale State Forest
Farmersville State Forest
Golden Hill State Forest
Little Valley
Pine Hill State Forest
Raecher Hill State Forest
Rock City and McCarty Hill State Forest
South Valley State Forest
Zoar Valley

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Map: Elkdale State Forest

Map: Elkdale State Forest

The 422-acre Elkdale State Forest is used as a base for the Operations Unit of DEC. This is the building complex you see on the grounds from Route 353. This property appears to be mostly old farm land - a house was located where the Operations Facility is today. Historically, two railroad lines crossed this property. One of these can be still be seen and is a section of the Rails-to-Trails corridor. The other has filled in with brush and is barely noticeable today.

Map: McCarty Hill State Forest

Map: McCarty Hill State Forest

Rock City and McCarty Hill State Forests, also known as Cattaraugus Reforestation Areas #5 and #8, covers approximately 6,229 acres. These state forests are located in Cattaraugus County in the Towns of Mansfield, Little Valley, Ellicottville and Great Valley. This unit shares its boundary lines with two major ski areas and is near Ellicottville, New York--a place that has become a year-round destination resort area. The most common recreational uses of this area are hunting, hiking, mountain bike riding, skiing, snowshoeing, orienteering, camping and snowmobile riding. These state forests also have a rich history which has shaped the way they look today.

There are camp sites available with covered picnic tables at Camp Seneca and Little Rock City recreation areas. Rock City camp area has four available sites like the one pictured that are tent camping only. Camping is allowed at designated sites only and there is no water supply (look for yellow camp disks at sites). Build fires in designated rock fire rings and not on roads, turn-around areas, picnic tables, or anywhere else that will cause damage or leave a mess to clean up. There is no garbage pick up at these sites; this area is carry in - carry out only!

On other areas of these state forests you can set up camp as long as you are 150 feet away from a road, trail, stream or waterbody.

Look for our yellow "camp here" disks which designate camp sites on the property. Please see maps for general locations. For map locations of Rock City and Camp Seneca as well as other camp locations please view the camp map at the top of the page.