Panama Rocks Scenic Park

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Panama Rocks Scenic Park
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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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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LaurieBeachgal
Elmira, NY14 contributions
Family
We had a wonderful visit! We wore our masks whenever we saw people (much more common when going back than on our way out), but were able to do without the rest of the time. They are working very hard to make this as safe as possible during this pandemic. The track is very bumpy and uneven, with many exposed tree roots and rocks. You have to watch your step, but I have a fear of heights, and these roots and rocks made me feel much more secure. Our six year old adored climbing in, on, and around the rocks, as did my husband. Some of the rocks were easy for me to climb through or around, but others triggered my fear of heights, so I stayed on the path with our three year old, who was more cautious and didn’t want to explore as often. When she did venture out, she had a wonderful time.

We loved learning from the well posted signs, especially the ones that told us what the trees were. We spent a great deal of time with the ash tree, teaching the kids about the emerald ash borer. I enjoy photography, and the Rocks were a fantastic setting for many photos.

I recommend bug spray if you tend to get bitten by mosquitoes: my son and I do, and we both were bitten several times. My husband didn’t get any bites, and my daughter only got one.

You can either walk in an oval, ending up back where you started, or double back to return the way you came, when you get to sign 12. If you do the former, you walk along steep cliffs without railings. We chose not to do that since our kids are younger. Therefore, we had very few times where the kids were near any ledges or anything truly dangerous.

The people running the park are wonderful to work with!
Written July 25, 2020
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Laurie K
West Seneca, NY552 contributions
My husband and I were going away for a few days and decided to stop at Panama Rocks and see what nature had in store for us to view. We arrived as soon as they opened at 10:00 a.m. parked, pretty decent parking lot size. We went over the the house and paid admission $8.00 adult then used the small bathroom they provided and then headed into the park to see what it was all about. There are trails that are wore by the foot traffic so you cannot get lost. The only bad thing was the lady said she could not give us maps because of Covid which I thought was weird as we were not going to give it back. She explained how the trees were marked and there were about 16 markings on the trees and it was about 1 - 1/2 miles to get thru forest first you walked pretty much flat then after half way the climb to get out was a bit uphill but nothing to strenuous.
She also explained to watch your footing as alot of people have slipped on the slippery mossy rocks and that there were places with 20-30 feet drops in crevices with narrow openings and to for sure watch little kids. DO NOT LET THEM ROAM away from you on their own, there were alot of places they could get stuck or fall into holes.
The rocks are huge !!! Lots of great photo ops for sure and lots of things to see you would never think nature had made that way, but many years of decay and mother nature have formed some pretty unique structures. Alot of the rocks had green moss growing on them and it is very damp in the forest so you have to be very careful if you are attempting to climb on these rocks, there are also some slopes with roots that are also very slippery as again it is damp in the forest so what you are walking on it muddy.
We were there about 2 hours just my husband and I and we had alot of fun, took alot of silly pictures and enjoyed the day just being outside away from people looking at nature. It was also a week day so there were not many people there and the two families that were behind us we let go ahead of us as we were in no hurry to get thru it as we were on vacation and just enjoying not being at work.
If your kids loves the outdoors, nature and climbing this is an activity they would enjoy, wear old shoes and make sure they have good soles for the slippery parts of your adventure.
Written September 6, 2020
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Thank you for the review. We are glad that you enjoyed your visit. I just wanted to explain that we are not handing out maps so that we can social distance and don’t have to come close to each group at the park. We have 36 different signs on the trail to help keep guests on track and a digital map is available on our website. We email a link to the digital map to all guests who make a reservation. We are planning to update our trail signage for 2021 to include “you are here” map notifications. Thank you again for visiting. We hope you can come back soon!
Written September 9, 2020
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Mom_of_2_Boys17602
Lancaster, PA9 contributions
Couples
Panama Rocks is that place where you realize that humans are small and impermanent and that nature is big and timeless (if we take care of it, that is). When you traverse the path that circumvents the outsized boulders, the crevices, and the hidden passageways, you are reminded that you are just one of countless humans over the centuries who have stood in awe of these formations. Inconceivable history rears itself at every turn and offers humility and grandeur, quietly and majestically. Soak it in.

The magnificence of Panama Rocks is equaled by the graciousness and genuine nature of its owners, who greet you to and from its depths and have a sincere desire to hear about your individual experience in the place they have called home for 41 years. They also are careful to protect your personal safety during these strange COVID-19 times by requiring timed admissions, masks, and hand sanitizer. Well done.

The bottom line? If you need a reminder that “life goes on” and that the earth is very much in charge of human destiny and will endure our trifles, visit Panama Rocks. Its majesty provides much needed perspective and respite while its owners welcome you with open, socially distanced arms. A perfect day awaits all who enter.
Written July 2, 2020
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Eileen E
Bucks County, PA124 contributions
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, PA28 contributions
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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kwnike13
Grand Island, NY482 contributions
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
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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SpaGuest755
Pittsburgh, PA2 contributions
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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ImaBlueman
Owego, NY182 contributions
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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LORI D
11 contributions
Couples
Don't let your first glance impression cause you to think you're wasting your time. We made this a road trip stop on our way home from Erie PA and it was well worth the few hours we hiked the trails and meandered off trail amongst the giant rocks. So surprised to see all the families with young children given the terrain and potential risks involved, but everybody seemed very respectful of cautions given at the outset. Very photographic area and brilliant rock formations scenery. This is a true hidden gem.
Written August 27, 2021
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  • Sun - Sat 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM