Extended Outings are a great way to explore the North Country Trail over a few days, while making new friends or reconnecting with old friends. The details are planned for you! It’s a great way to expand your hiking horizons.
2018 NCTA EXTENDED OUTING: Hiking in NY’s Allegany State Park & PA’s Allegheny National Forest
September 23-29, 2018
The 2018 NCTA Extended Outing will feature sections of the North Country Scenic Trail in New York’s Allegany State Park (ASP) and Pennsylvania’s Alleghany National Forest (ANF), with an extended outing to Letchworth State Park (LSP), voted the best park in the USA in 2015. This outing includes three day-hiking adventures, where you’ll trek 6 to 10 miles per day. You will also backpack two days, covering 7.5 to 9 miles each day, with overnight camping at an NCT lean-to.
All three parks have a rich diversity of plant life, wildflowers, hardwood trees and an abundance of wildlife, such as bobcats and black bears. There are many species of birds, including bald eagles, osprey and great blue herons. In addition, the creeks, wetlands and lakes are abundant with turtles, frogs, toads, salamanders and the lakes stocked with trout. LSP is a very popular park, due to the spectacular scenic overlooks of the Genesee River Gorge and its three breathtaking waterfalls.
The hikes are on remote trails and the topography is mostly rolling hills. The elevations are around 1300 to 2250. You’ll know you’re hiking during the fall season, when you observe the vibrant colors, due to the varied assortment of forest trees and brush. You will be shuttled to and from the trailheads and stay in two rustic cabins within Allegany State Park (a step above tent camping). Depending on enrollment, there will be four to five participants per cabin and occupancy will be CO-ED.
Contact guide for detailed itinerary and application packet
NCTA membership required