Panama Rocks Scenic Park
Panama Rocks Scenic Park
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Explore a half-mile long ridge of 60-foot high rock forming crevices, passageways, and caves hidden in an ancient forest! Located just 15 minutes from Chautauqua Lake, Panama Rocks is one of the top-rated attractions in Chautauqua County based on independent reviews on TripAdvisor. The Panama Rocks formations are surrounded by a one mile long hiking trail, but most guests enjoy going off of the main trail to explore! Visitors spend anywhere from one hour to the entire day having fun and exploring the park. Picnic tables are available. The trail is relatively easy to hike (Class 1) and guests of all ages enjoy it, but there are roots, rocks, and uneven ground; it is still a hiking trail! Plan your trip to explore one of the most fun and popular "things to do" in Western New York today! Try axe throwing with Axcellent Adventures at Panama Rocks! Reservations recommended!
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  • dote37
    Orchard Park, New York87 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great time with the grandkids!
    So much to explore. The grandkids had a wonderful time with the treasure hunt that they had there. They loved climbing all the rock formations. Walking the trail in the cool woods was a great way to spend a hot summer day. Creating good memories for all!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 12, 2023
  • Roving06120992555
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A fantastic day hiking Panama Rocks
    This is our second visit. And, we definitely will return. The enormous rock outcroppings are breath taking. The trail allows you to get up and personal with each grouping. The small posted signage provides information. Staff is amazing, pleasant, and helpful. Love this place. They offer a great place to picnic after your hike.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 1, 2023
  • Penny T
    78 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    So beautiful!
    I grew up in this county and never knew this place existed until a few years ago. This was our 1st time and definitely will not be the last. It was such a scenic and fabulous adventure. Sooooo beautiful and peaceful. What a great family outing.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 11, 2023
  • Amy G
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great getaway!!! I would definitely recommend for couples or families!
    This was an amazing and memorable place! I do not even know where to begin! Glamping at Panama Rocks exceeded any expectations I had. The site was set in the beautiful woods, the whole entire site was cleanly and there were so many amenities! In the tent itself wax a king bed, chairs, dressers, fan, lamps, and heater. Outside there was a private fire pit, picnic table, and chairs. Then there was a community shed with microwave, toaster, fridge, and coffee maker. There are showers too! Jonathan was so amazing! He had everything all set and was so reachable for questions! He was so kind and thoughtful of our stay!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 18, 2023
  • Valerie J
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Natures playground
    Adults (active) in our 40s and we had a blast here climbing through the rocks and crevices. Been here before but brought the parents this time and they walked safely and slowly though the trail while admiring the awesome beauty. The trail is only a mile so we didn’t lose them, but you can spend 2 hours here easily. Obviously don’t be stupid and climb carefully.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 19, 2023
  • Ty O
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Still fun in the rain.
    Very rainy October day and we started fairly late so we more or less had the place to ourselves to explore. Treasure hunt was fun to pique the interest in reading each placard. We finished too late to collect our “treasure” as the office was then closed, but who cares. Magnificent rocks with seemingly endless books and crannies.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 21, 2023
  • tawny1956
    Millsboro, Delaware510 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An incredible outing!
    What a wonderful look at mother nature at her finest! The hike is a one mile loop, but to see the best of the rock formations and fissures, you should climb off trail. You have to proceed slowly and carefully due to uneven ground and tree roots, but it’s definitely worth it.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 30, 2023
  • Jodie
    Erie, Pennsylvania1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Memorial Day glamping
    Our second time glamping (have been hiking at the rocks several times before). It was amazing. I made a suggestion to have a restroom closer to the camp sites last year and it was implemented 🙏🏻. My husband was happy I didn’t wake him in the middle of the night to walk me to the facilities. They really put the clientele’s comfort above all else. The accommodations rivaled great hotels I’ve stayed at. We tried our hands at axe throwing this time and it was another terrific experience. It rained but being able to be under the pavilion and have nature as our backdrop made it even better. Johnathan and family make Panama Rocks a great place for a day trip or a luxurious camping experience.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written May 26, 2024
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Eileen E
Bucks County, PA141 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
We shivered but waited patiently as the check in man conversed endlessly with 2 folks ahead of us. When our turn finally came, I expected similar attention as well as an informative orientation. Clearly, the VIP treatment was not meant for us. Pity, it might have enhanced our time there. For example, knowing that some of the trees are marked, would have gotten us on track sooner after we accidently wandered off the trail. . We learned this from other people we encountered..
(To put this review in the proper perspective, let me say that we both belong in the "active senior" category.)
Many huge and impressive rock formations greeted us once we entered the trail. My friend happily and sure footedly bounded off , clambered up inclines, stuck his nose in crevices and drank in the geology.
I might have done the same had the ground not been covered with extremely slippery leaves due to recent rain. This was quite dangerous because they totally obscured smaller rocks and large tree roots - in other words, a major trip hazard and an accident just waiting to happen. So while my friend connected with his inner child, I unhappily took baby steps for fear of injury. Fortunately, we both survived unscathed.
Perhaps a different season plus a less apathetic reception might have made this experience a happier one for me. But for now, I'll take my rocks wearable and preferably set in 14 carat.
Written October 19, 2020
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I’m sorry that you did not enjoy your visit as much as you could have. I am glad that your friend enjoyed his visit. If I remember your group correctly, when you arrived and asked me about park geology I answered your questions for a few minutes; however, there were multiple other groups of guests waiting behind you and I had to check them in. I enjoy talking to guests but I cannot make other groups wait for too long and I try to treat everyone fairly and with kindness. I'm also sorry if you felt that you had to wait for too long as I checked-in other guests. I try to greet everyone answer questions as much as possible while also checking-in all guests in an efficient manner. Whenever I see that a new group is ready to check-in, I move on to checking-in that new group once check-in is complete for the previous group. Regarding trail conditions, Panama Rocks is accessed by a hiking trail on uneven ground and rain does make conditions more slippery. Accidents here are very rare. During check-in, we review trail conditions. On the day you visited (and the weekend after) we explicitly told all groups that falling leaves cover exposed tree roots and rocks and that the leaves themselves can be slippery when wet. I hope that you have a better experience if you choose to visit again and I hope that you have a safe and enjoyable Fall.
Written October 20, 2020
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Patty L
Pittsburgh, PA27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Couples
A surprise in the middle of nowhere! A unique experience hiking through beautiful scenery on a hot day. Some of the rocks are icy cold and the caves feel like they are air conditioned!. The trees clinging to the rocks with visible root formations are exquisite. With a slow pace, it's about an hour, a little longer is you take time for photos. The owners are super nice and accommodating. Great t-shirts and water for sale. Just do it!
Written July 6, 2020
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charles d
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Amazing ! After walking down the initial path through the woods and making the switchback turn the sudden visual of the outcroppings, the structure of the rocks over which we had just walked, just breathtaking. It was something so striking. I will say that if you remain on the main path and don't explore the side trails noted on the map, the walk is not strenuous, but can be slippery. I would recommend walking sticks to act as an addition point of ground contact as the terrain is rocky and root covered ground. Its amazing to see the tree roots climbing down the rocks. The walking sticks provided assurance as there are some bigger steps one needs to take, we found them very helpful. It would be a great park for the kids who will want to explore the cave like areas and the crevices! As senior citizens, 63 and 73, we found we could traverse the terrain/trail with relative ease, some tough spots, but well worth it.
recommend: Walking sticks
Written October 16, 2022
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James Frame
Rochester, NY9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
We were so impressed with this scenic park that it was amazing that we were unaware of it before now. We live in Western NY and were vacationing on Chautauqua Lake and wanted to check out local tourist attractions and this came highly recommended online. The formations and deep crevices were amazing with signs along the path giving the story of their formation. It is reasonably priced and definitely worth checking out. Trails are easy to follow and there are spots where you can go off of the main trail (at your own risk) to explore further. Sturdy hiking shoes are recommended as the trails do have some roots and uneven spots, but are definitely navigable.
Written September 21, 2022
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SpaGuest755
Pittsburgh, PA2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020 • Family
This is a fabulous park for hiking through some amazing sedimentary rocks and caves. It is especially nice that they let you go off the trails and explore on your own. I’m not sure I’d bring very little kids here though as you’d probably spend most of your time worried they might get hurt. There are some enormous crevices up on top that I’d worry about my child falling down . It’s def great for adults and teens though and we will definitely be back
Written June 22, 2020
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kwnike13
Grand Island, NY464 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
This place is a perfect day trip with the family to get outside and take in nature. It is fine for all ages. There are some steep inclines but for the most part it is easy enough to guide the little ones to have them stay safe. The trail is about 1 mile long and worth the trip but to really enjoy this park, you need to go off trail and explore the massive rocks!
Written October 19, 2020
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Jenspeidel
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Couples
Definitely a place you want to stop and check out. The trail was great but the best experience is what you see when you go off trail a bit. Climbing on these rocks and checking out all the crevices was definitely an experience. Of course no adventure with me would be complete if I didn’t lose something. I dropped my phone down a crevice and thought for for sure it was a goner. I’m so glad I told the owner. She called her son and I showed him where it was and he climbed about 20 feet into this hole and retrieved it for me! The place and the owners were absolutely amazing. I will definitely go back again!
Written September 28, 2020
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ImaBlueman
Owego, NY256 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
This is a great and truly unique place to visit. You hike thru pathways thru massive rock formations and are also free to explore off the paths if you so desire, entering crevasses and caves. The hike is a bit challenging, but safe as long as you pay attention, and would recommend wearing good hiking shoes. You can plan on an hour exploring the park, and longer if you choose to off the main paths. A Definite if you are in the area.
Written September 23, 2020
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Jodi K
West Seneca, United States37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Absolutely worth visiting! I can't believe it has taken me this long to get there. The tickets are super reasonably priced and they have a very flexible cancellation policy. Customer service was awesome. The trail is absolutely gorgeous! It is a must see!
Written August 18, 2022
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Thank you for your review - we’re glad you enjoyed your visit!
Written September 14, 2022
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Voyage79861
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
We brought our almost 3 and almost 7 year old to Panama Rocks on the suggestion of a friend. It was amazing and went above and beyond our expectations in natural beauty. Lots of caves and nooks and crannies to explore. We're glad we booked an early time slot so we could spend lots of time there before we had a late lunch. Definitely wear non slip shoes and it can be a bit chilly in the morning so you might want a light jacket (summer months).
Written September 28, 2020
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