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Panama Rocks Scenic Park

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Address: 11 Rock Hill Rd, County Route 10, Panama, NY 14767-9769
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+1 716-782-2845
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Explore a half-mile long ridge of 60-foot high rock forming crevices,...

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!

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A great place to spend a little time with nature

Every time we go to Panama Rocks, I see more of nature. This stroll through the rock formations on the banks of Lake Chautauqua is entertaining, enlightening, and enjoyable. It... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Warren, Pennsylvania
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Warren, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Every time we go to Panama Rocks, I see more of nature. This stroll through the rock formations on the banks of Lake Chautauqua is entertaining, enlightening, and enjoyable. It is a little bit of a hike, but anyone over the age of a toddler will really enjoy it. Take some water and a snack and sit among the rock... More 

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Vallejo, California, United States
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2016

For a small entry fee, you take yourself on a self-guided tour of this park filled with large rock formations. The leaves were in their Oct. colors of red, orange, and yellow. We chose to do the treasure hunt along the way which added some interest to the hike. The trail is rugged in some areas with exposed tree roots.... More 

Thank Rita B
Middletown, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2016

We spent the entire day at Panama Rocks Scenic Park, leisurely hiking the trail, photographing the amazing scenery, stopping for a picnic lunch in the shade, and observing the little forest creatures in their natural habitat. I can't think of a better place to commune with nature, peer into the ancient depths of time, and imagine the colorful history of... More 

Thank OH_Kat3
Ripley, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2016

Fantastic trail with surreal rock formations, crevasses, and primeval forest growth. Good meditative vibe!

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2016

We had planned to bike and wine taste. The weather prevented us from bringing our bikes and we were looking for something to do.... so glad we found Panama Rocks. Only 1 mile trail but rocks/trees provide endless private adventures and challenges. No chance of getting lost because you always end up on the trail. We spent a few hours... More 

Thank alg07
Meadville, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2016

Panama Rocks is an awesome place to visit, whether you are taking the basic trail as we did or something more challenging. The huge rocks here are around 300 million years old, and when you look up at them, or go into areas surrounded by one of the rocks, you get a sense of how people lived a very long... More 

Thank stuball298
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2016

I'm a local, so I get to visit Panama Rocks more often than most people. Every time I go up to the Rocks for an afternoon I am reminded of the beauty and awesomeness of the woods, rocks, and caves. When people visit my house, the first place we go is Panama Rocks. There is no better place to be.

Thank Abby T
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2016

Panama rocks is not only beautiful but it is a mini adventure! With giant rocks, a walking trail, and many exciting places in between to explore; it is a great place to enjoy with a friend, your spouse, or even the whole family. Bring a camera too because there are plenty of photo ops in the park. At Panama rocks... More 

Thank Rhiannon L
Ashville, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2016 via mobile

I love Panama rocks! The family that runs the park is amazing and so kind and they truly care about the environment they are preserving. Amazing to explore and get some fresh air for such a low cost. In the middle of no where! RECOMMEND RECOMMEND RECOMMEND!!!!!!

Thank KJWoods96
Streetsboro, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2016

My boyfriend and I (out-of-towners) were looking for a park to explore when we happened upon Panama Rocks listed online. We were greeted by a Panama Rock employee who told us that in addition to the beautiful naturescape, there was a scavenger hunt . Why not? It was an overcast, drizzly day. The employee was right. Very beautiful trails, trees... More 

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