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From Fall to Winter

Take in the Excitement of Activities Season-to-Season in the Enchanted Mountains


New York's Amish Trail can be found along the Western border of Cattaraugus County in the towns and villages of Randolph, Conewango, Leon, South Dayton, Dayton and Gowanda.  In late Autumn, take a scenic drive through the rural countryside along the Amish Trail.  The leaves on the trees may be gone, but the view is still outstanding and roadside stands offer a reminder of warmer days with fresh homemade jams and jellies, canned goods, maple syrup and delicious baked goods.  They also offer a unique gift to give for the upcoming holidays.  Find colorful handcrafted rugs and quilts, woven baskets, handmade furniture, fun wooden toys and beautiful decorations.  Plan your route ahead of time or simply go where the hand-painted signs take you.  The Amish Trail brochure and map comes with a listing of the Amish shops by category or as a number on the map.  You can also tour Amish Country with one of Leon Historical Society’s tour guides. They offer a step-on Guide service in which they design a tour according to your interests or an overall glimpse of the culture and history of the Amish.  Call 1-800-331-0543 to request a map and brochure, for suggestions on where to go, or for more information on the Guide service.


There’s not much that compares to the thrill of discovering the joy of winter while cascading over trails that lead you through forested sections and over open fields covered with sparkling snow.  The numerous trails weave paths throughout the county, into Allegany State Park and connect with adjacent counties.  Cattaraugus County has numerous lodging facilities that offer direct or easy access to the trails and restaurants that are friendly to snowmobile groups as well.  You must stay on the trails (open land does not mean it’s open to riding) when snowmobiling in Cattaraugus County and each year you can request a new map/brochure so you know where to ride.  For a FREE map of the county trails, along with listings of lodgings, restaurants, rentals, parking spots for your trailer, service stops and gas stations, please see EnchantedMountains.com/snowmobiling or call at 1-800-331-0543.  Look for updates on the trail conditions throughout the county on that website as well.


Allegany State Park
2373 Route 1 (Summit Area), Salamanca, NY 14779

Allegany State Park holds our most famous area of trails - the Art Roscoe Trails, dedicated to the forefather of Western New York skiing, Arthur Roscoe, who mapped out many of the logging trails now used in this area.  Offering over 20 miles of groomed trails, these trails range from beginner to advanced, with varying mileage in the different loops.  (Snowshoeing is not allowed on the groomed trails but there are plenty of other trails for you.) Rental skis are available at two locations in the park: Red House Gift Shop at the Administration Building and Summit Warming Hut located at this area.  Winterized cabins are located within a short walking distance from the trail system as well, so plan a whole winter getaway for the family to get in some great cross-country skiing.

Ray Evans Seneca Theater is host to the Cattaraugus County Living Arts Association's performances.  It’s called the Ray Evans Theater because the famous lyricist of “Silver Bells” and “The Lemondrop Kid” was originally from Salamanca!  Rightly so, the theater starts off the winter season with their “Christmas Cabaret” during the Silver Bells Festival and then hosts three more throughout the year. Look for announcements of shows, dates and auditions on their Facebook page.

Cattaraugus County is also fortunate to have two other theatre troupes, both set in the City of Olean: Olean Theatre Workshop and Olean Community Theatre.  Spend a delightful evening in the warm indoors, watching fantastic local talent perform musicals and plays.  The Olean Theatre Workshop is set to perform “The Humans” in late November, “Matchmaker” in early February, and “Witness for the Prosecution” in early May.  Olean Community Theatre’s upcoming shows include “High School Musical” in late February, “The Illusion” in Spring and “Next to Normal” in Fall 2020.   


777 Seneca Boulevard, Salamanca, NY 14779
Try your luck at 1,800 state-of-the-art slot machines and your skill at 33 table games at the Seneca Allegany Resort and Casino.  Nestled along the New York/Pennsylvania border at the foot of the majestic Allegheny Mountains, you will find comfort, fun and relaxation all in one place.  The area’s only AAA Four Diamond Award-winning resort features 413 luxurious hotel rooms, a full service salon, an indoor pool with a fantastic view and a fantastic mix of fine dining and casual restaurant options.  The slot machines include classic favorites and the latest in technology and themes.  With over 68,000 square feet to the casino floor, you are sure to find your lucky machine.  The Seneca Allegany Events Center (located in the same building) brings top-notch entertainment to the area.  Past performances include musical legends like Chicago, John Legend, Hank Williams Jr. and Donny and Marie Osmond.  Other comedians and stage shows have included Howie Mandel, Paul Zerdin, Price Is Right Live, and Criss Angel.

Explore the unique history, culture and heritage that can be found in Cattaraugus County Museums and historical sites, as well as in the Seneca Nation’s Onöhsagwë:de Cultural Center.

There is an expansive amount of cutlery history that can be found in the Village of Cattaraugus, the Town of Little Valley and the City of Olean.  One such place that tells one of these stories is the Cutco Ka-Bar Visitors Center in Olean. Known all over the world, this Center has knowledgeable and helpful staff that will help you learn the timeline of how the company started and grew, as well as the how the products are made and sold.  There are antique displays, historical photographs and documents.  Plus bring in your Cutco products for factory sharpening through their lifetime guarantee!

The Onöhsagwë:de Cultural Center welcomes visitors to explore the "American History you Won't Find In Textbooks".  Seneca History is rich, but little known and understood.  Though faced with constant challenges, the culture and depth of the Seneca tradition is still very much alive and celebrated.  Known as “The Keepers of the Western Door” for being the westernmost among the six nations of the Iroquois Confederacy, the Seneca are a matriarchal society that has participated in what is accepted as the first modern democracy in the Western hemisphere since 1100 A.D. Yet many sacred lands have been taken by the United States, even as recently as the 1960s to build the Kinzua Dam in northwestern Pennsylvania.  See this historical exhibit and others, as well as modern exhibits like “Indian Ink: Iroquois and the Art of Tattoos”.  The Cultural Center is open seven days a week.  The beautiful building sits on the opposite side of Rt. 86 (Rt. 17) as the Casino and half of the rooms in the Casino gaze upon the new Cultural Center.   

Cutco Ka-Bar Visitors Center             Onöhsagwë:dé Cultural Center
1040 East State St.                 82 W. Hetzel St.
Olean, NY 14760                              Salamanca, NY 14779
716-790-7000                    716-945-1760
www.Cutco.com                   www.Facebook.com/SenecaMuseum

Hit a few pins with your family, go out for an evening with friends, or find a challenge by joining a league at the area bowling lanes.  Cattaraugus County has five bowling alleys located all throughout the County. 

  • Bowl a game and then play some video games at the arcade room at Good Times of Olean in Olean - 800R East State St., 716-379-8210.
  • Go for a strike at Central Lanes in Salamanca - 191 Central Ave. 716-945-9819.
  • Meet the gang for a round of golf, then the family for some bowling at the Ischua Valley Country Club Lanes in Franklinville - 8093 Rt. 16. 716-676-3630.
  • Have some good food and good fun at K&L Lanes in Gowanda - 10 Buffalo St. 716-532-9791.
  • Pizza, arcade games, and brightly colored lights!!!  Check out Tim & Bonnies in Ellicottville for all day fun! - Bristol Ln. 716-699-9021.


The Regina A Quick Center brings an outstanding venue for fine musical and performance arts through the Southern Tier Symphony and a series called “Friends of Good Music”.  Entering its 17th season in 2019-2020, the Southern Tier Symphony performs classical and popular music through a 3 part series each year.  This year performances will be held in early Oct 2019 and Feb/May 2020.  Find them on Facebook for details on the Series as it becomes available.  “Friends of Good Music” has nearly 40 consecutive concert series in the Olean area with the last 15 years being held at the Regina A Quick Center.  The concert series features live performances of classical and international music, as well as theatre and dance.  Highlights of the 2019-2020 series (runs September through May) include Slavic Soul Party, Invoke String Quartet, and acclaimed baritone Kenneth Overton singing spirituals rooted in African-American traditions.  Both offer individual performance tickets, as well as season subscriptions.

Southern Tier Symphony                        Friends of Good Music                          Regina A Quick Center
PO Box 501                                                PO Box 222                                               3261 W. State St.
Olean, NY 14760                                      Olean, NY 14760                                       St. Bonaventure, NY 14778
716-378-1634                                            716-375-2494                                            716-375-2494
www.SouthernTierSymphony.com     www.FriendsOfGoodMusic.com           www.FB.com/QuickArtsCenter