Panama Rocks, NY

Panama Rocks, NY

Panama Rocks, NY

July 11, 2014 // In New York

An ancient rocky nook hidden amidst rolling farmlands, Panama Rocks has been enchanting travelers since the 1800s. It’s a prehistoric wonderland of towering boulders, twisted trees, lush walls of moss, and chilly crevasses. My inner child was convinced I’d happened upon a magical fairy world, liken to Rivendell from The Lord of The Rings. I mean… look at this EPIC video by David Neidbala:

The easy 1-mile trail loop is kid-friendly, grandma-friendly, & photographer friendly! Visitors are provided a hand drawn map, then sent into the forest like treasure hunters to seek out formations with names such as “Devil’s Den” and “Eagle Claw.”


“One of the most extensive formations of glacier-cut, ocean-quartz conglomerate in the world, forming a ridge half a mile long.”

Tread softly… you might spot a red eft! LOVE these little guys.

For those traveling from “the flat land” of Western PA and Ohio, Panama Rocks is a great introduction to what lies beyond in the Chautauqua/Allegheny regions.
Similar “nearby” areas (within a 3-hr radius) include Jakes Rocks in Kinzua, PA, Watkins Glen, NY, Rock City Park in Cattaraugus County, NY, and Whipps Ledges in Hinckley, OH … But I think Panama Rocks has the best cascading tree roots. Look out, Angkor Wat!

YES! You can go off the trail
YES! You can climb on the rocks

Cost: $7.50. Cash only. Kids 5 & Under are Free
Discounted rate for students, seniors, veterans, military: $6 (with a valid ID)
Hours: 10am-5pm
Address: 11 Rock Hill Rd, Panama, NY 14767

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