After learning about the Wild America Nature Festival on Facebook, I thought a trip to Panama Rocks was in order. I have seen the amazing video they advertise on Facebook and heard so many people talk about the views. Having lived in Western New York my whole life you would think I’d have hiked this “half-mile long ridge of 60-foot high rock forming crevices, passageways, and caves hidden”.
The Panama Rocks Park is easy to find. Just around 10-15 minutes from Chautauqua, NY according to our GPS. Even though the trail is rated a Class 1 you still need to sign a waiver. Once inside you can understand why. While they have an easy trail mapped out for you, most guests including myself, tend to wander through and around these majestic rock creations.
I would recommend wearing appropriate hiking attire if you do decide to go the “adventurous route”. The rocks are all different shapes, sizes, colors and the ground can be very unforgiving to your angles if you happen to slip or fall. Beauty seems to surround you at every twist, turn and root development.
“Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing” – C. Pissarro
These green covered rocks can be a photographers next viral shot or their worst nightmare. The lighting here changes quickly as the Sun moves between the branches. Keep an eye on the weather before you plan a trip. We noticed it tends to change rather drastically. We had the perfect atmosphere to participate in the Parks scavenger hunt!
“Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence”. –Abigail Adams
One of the main reasons for waiting to visit, was my sons age. I wanted to make sure he could tackle the “hiking” aspect. I would say the trail itself is easy. It is perfect for children around 6 and up. Off the beaten path is where it could get tricky. Just be weary of your surroundings and make it fun. Learning about nature and exploring are really why we get out in these remote places!
“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” – Benjamin Franklin
Overall Panama Rocks is a great place to enjoy with your family and friends. We truly enjoyed the Wild America festival particularly the Birds of Prey demonstrations. Learning about nature, creatures and wildlife are a huge passion for us. If you are looking for a fun outdoor activity this is worth a trip in my opinion!
Ever visited the Panama Rocks Park?
Do you enjoy hiking?
Would you hike with your family and kids??