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Panama Rocks Scenic Park

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Geologic formations, Outdoor Activities, Nature & Parks
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Address: 11 Rock Hill Road, County Route 10, Panama, NY 14767
Phone Number: (716) 782-2845
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Description: "The most enjoyable hike we found was Panama Rocks" - Buffalo News. "The...
"The most enjoyable hike we found was Panama Rocks" - Buffalo News. "The fantastic 'Panama Rocks' is the most remarkable geological curiosity of the county." - Chautauqua Star. Panama Rocks extends about half a mile, with a one mile long hiking trail (self guided) amid an ancient forest. Visit us for great outdoor recreation that's fun for kids of all ages! In an enchanting world of towering rocks, explore hundreds of deep crevices and passageways, cool, cavernous dens and small caves. Grotesque roots snake down rocks and delicate ferns and mosses abound. Off-trail exploring is permitted. The forest at Panama Rocks is recognized and included in The Sierra Club's Guide to the Ancient Forests of the Northeast. There are 200 to 300 year old Hemlocks, and seven other species of venerable trees, including beech, black cherry, red maple, and sugar maple, some trees having diameters of over three feet. The way that tree roots grow down and around the rocks adds a special uniqueness and character to this forest.
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A very nice place to spend the afternoon. The trail is roughly a mile long, however there are many rocks to climb, crevasses to explore and little caves to crawl into. My boys... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 1, 2015
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Erie, Pennsylvania
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Erie, Pennsylvania
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

A very nice place to spend the afternoon. The trail is roughly a mile long, however there are many rocks to climb, crevasses to explore and little caves to crawl into. My boys love to climb and use their imagination (be careful there are some really high places that could be dangerous, not recommended for really young children). The have... More 

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Rocky Mount, North Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

When trying to decide what to do on a three week visit with my family this past summer, my mom suggested we go to Panama Rocks. I hadn't thought about Panama Rocks since I was in middle school and decided to look them up on line. OMG - I had forgotten how awesome it was and my kids and I... More 

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Buffalo, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

If you enjoy unexpected delights, exciting hikes and beautiful nature trails, this is a great place to visit. It's much more interesting that I would've guessed My kids absolutely loved it great place for photographs; privately owned. Support these people

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Jamestown, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

We went to Panama Rocks this Fall and were just amazed. At first we were unsure about paying money to go hiking (the park is funded by admission) but it was TOTALLY WORTH IT! The main trail is about one mile, but you are encouraged to explore. We hiked around and explored for about two hours, but you could spend... More 

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Allegany, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Pretty leaf lovers ventures. I could do the walk. Very nice and our party would come back again...maybe in the spring. Nice for a wedding venue with a nice area for a reception and convenient parking.

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Falconer
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

I say this not only because the hiking trail forms a loop, which is always more interesting than an out-and-back straight trail, but also because the park owners are inventive with the park's ammenities. Doing things like organizing relaxing evening get-togethers for season pass holders, and other such creative uses of the park's layout. The owners are incredibly friendly, as... More 

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Gibsonburg, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

I have been going to Panama Rocks since I was a kid and enjoy it every time I visit. It is a great time climbing on the rocks and meandering through the crevices. If you like being outside and hiking, you should stop here. The trails are easy to follow, but going off the trail is a must as well.... More 

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Charleston, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

There is something wrong with you if you do not find this place awesome. I had no idea what to expect when the three of us showed up. There are many places that lure you like a cheap haunted house and you leave disappointed. This was not one of them. There is a an easy mile hiking trail around the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 via mobile

We have lived in the area for a long time, and my 10 year old daughter put Panama Rocks on our summer to-do list. We have been there 4 times and plan to go a few more! The hike is beautiful and the perfect length. The rocks are amazing - you have to see them to understand. My daughter loves... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

My parents used to take us here when we were little and i would love to bring my kids and grandkids now...one thing i dont remember is ..is there a picnic area equipped with grills? or would we have to bring are own? anybody know?

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