Bing Optimized Panama Rocks: Chautauqua Tourism Attraction
Panama Rocks Scenic Park


Adventure is Waiting at Panama Rocks!

Explore a half-mile long ridge of 60-foot high rock forming crevices, passageways, and caves hidden in an ancient forest! Located just 15 minutes from Chautauqua Lake (45 minutes from Erie and 90 minutes from Buffalo), Panama Rocks has been the #1-rated attraction in Chautauqua County based on independent reviews on TripAdvisor for over five years!

The formations at Panama Rocks are surrounded by a one mile long hiking trail, but most guests enjoy going off of the main trail to explore! Whether you take a casual hike in the woods or climb through the countless passageways, caves, and crevices, how much you do is up to you! Visitors spend anywhere from one hour to the entire day having fun and exploring the park. Picnic tables are available, so bring a lunch and enjoy your day with us!

Panama Rocks is perfect for families, couples, or individuals looking to spend time in nature. Our hiking trail is relatively easy to hike (Class 1) and guests of all ages enjoy it, but there are roots, rocks, and uneven ground; it is still a hiking trail! Strollers and wheelchairs are not recommended on the trail. For more information visit our Park Information page.

Panama Rocks is open daily, 10:00am until 5:00pm through October 29th. Additional weekends weather dependent.

Local residents and frequent visitors may want to take advantage of our Season Pass and membership to Panama Rocks, which allows members to visit the park all season for one low price. Plan your trip to explore one of the most fun, popular, and affordable “things to do” in Western New York today!

Guests under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. No pets are allowed – sorry.


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Wild America Nature Festival at Panama Rocks

Thank you to everyone who made Roger Tory Peterson’s Wild America Nature Festival at Panama Rocks a success. May it be the first of many!

The winners of the Wild America Nature Art Competition and the Wild America Local Food Cook-Off are:

The 2017 Roger Tory Peterson Wild America Art Award: Matt Patterson of Stone Ridge Art Studio

2017 Award for Nature Art: Matt Patterson of Stone Ridge Art Studio; Runners Up: Heidi Ahmed of House of Watercolor and Ellen Paquette of Ellen Paquette Art and Music

2017 Award for Craft Using Natural Materials: Bill Bale of Sandhill Designs; Runners Up: Gregg Kristophel of Riverwood Trading Company and Debbie Penley of Penley’s White Oak Creations

2017 Wild America Local Food Cook-Off Champion: Reverie Creamery

2017 Wild America Local Food Cook-Off People’s Choice Award: Reverie Creamery

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Contact: 11 Rock Hill Road | Panama, NY 14767 | 716-782-2845