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I will be traveling from Florida to Ellicottville NY in October to visit family and would like to do a overnight or two day backpack trip. I have searched for suggestions but can not find much online. I used to backpack Minister Creek, PA in the Allegheny and was wondering if there were any other good options closer to Ellicottville or Buffalo?

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North Country Trail goes near or thru Ellicottville., then turns south to Pa

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http://www.ellicottvilleny.com/directory/finger-lakes-trail/

You could hike from Ellicottville to Rock City SF.


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I live in western NY and lead a lot of hikes in the Ellicottville (or Evile, as the locals call it) area.  I'm a licensed NYS Outdoor Guide - you could try hiring me but you won't be able to because I don't charge for my services.  So you are in luck, you are about to get free professional guide advice.  Pay it forward some day to some hapless soul you encounter on the trail.

The Finger Lakes/North Country trail runs from the border of NY and Pa, through Allegaany State Park, then over private land and state forests to a point northeast of Evile, where it then heads more generally east toward the Catskills,  One major problem with the FLT/NCT is that between the public lands and private lands there are some long road walks, including one of about 5 miles from Allegany State Park to the next point where the trail re-enters the woods on Sawmill Run Road.

However, you have two decent options.  The first, and my suggested one, is the FTC/NCT through Allegany State Park.  The second has a lot more elevation gain and loss as it travels up and down several ridges, but has more non-trail involved (including the slope of a local ski resort).  The second puts you on the portion of the FLT/NCT between Saw Mill Run road and a point about 5 miles northeast of Evile.

You can get a lot information about the trails at http://www.WNYTrails.com .  And you should go to the finger lakes trail conference website to purchase the downloadable trail maps, trail guides, and gpx files for just $1.66 per map section (you will want four map sections - M1 to M4, so you get what you need for less than $7.)  http://www.fltconference.org/trail/store/maps-and-gps/maps-and-gps-files-for-instant-download/

Three are three leantos on the FLT/NCT in Allegany State Park, about 6 to 7 miles apart.  Hikers are allowed to camp at those leantos (or around the area of the leantos).  

Camping is otherwise restricted to one of the two established and improved campgrounds in the park.  There is no fee to use the leantos, but if the gate you enter is manned, you'll have to pay an $8 entry fee to the park.  However, I have never seen anyone at the gates after Labor Day.

You will need to stop at the park police office in the Red House Admin Building to give them your vehicle information to be certain it is not towed while you are on the trail.

Let me know if you need additional information after you have checked the links and downloaded the FLTC maps.
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http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5107583.pdf

Tracy Ridge is nice, and it can be a loop.  Fine views of the reservoir, good camping, scenic streams.
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mikes239  I agree with jmitch, Tracy Ridge is a fine hike. You can base camp at Tracy Ridge campgrounds and do a couple loops down to the reservoir. The campgrounds is easy to get to by road. Just a distance from Evile.
 Closer to Evile is the NCT and the FLTC. I'm sure NoGods can help you with expert info.


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