Panama Rocks is Closed Until mid-May 2014
Escape civilization awhile!
Panama Rocks is Chautauqua County's premier nature park, in operation since 1885.
Come explore an enchanting world of towering rocks, deep crevices and passageways, cool, cavernous dens, and small caves! The rock formations are a unique outcrop of 300 million years old quartz conglomerate sedimentary rock that extend about half a mile and reach upwards of 60 feet tall - one of the largest of its kind in the world!
Grotesque roots snake down the rocks and delicate ferns, mosses, and lichens add to Panama Rock's unique, jungle-like charm. The forest at Panama Rocks is recognized and included in The Sierra Club's Guide to the Ancient Forests of the Northeast. The park is home to 300+ year old hemlocks, and other species of venerable trees, including ash, beech, black cherry, elm, red maple, and sugar maple.
The rock formations are surrounded by a one mile long hiking trail (self guided - off-trail exploring is allowed). The trail at Panama Rocks is not difficult and people of all ages can enjoy it, but it is a hiking trail, there are a
few moderate inclines over short distances, it goes near cliffs and crevices, and rocks and tree roots make it inaccessible to wheelchairs and strollers. We ask that guests watch their step, don't run, and supervise children carefully.
In addition to the slideshow below, there are photos of the park in our Facebook photo album and the Panama Rocks Pinterest page.
For more information on what to expect, please visit out our Review and Videos page or check out TripAdvisor for independent reviews of Panama Rocks - one of the top rated attractions in Chautauqua County!
Animals that may be spotted in the park area include:
- Mammals: American Mink, Big Brown Bat, Bobcat, Chipmunk, Coyote, Eastern Cottontail, Eastern Gray Squirrel, Eastern Pipistrelle, Gray Fox, Groundhog, Little Brown Bat, Long-tailed Weasel, Northern Bat, Opossum, Porcupine, Raccoon, Red Fox, Red Squirrel, Striped Skunk, White-tailed Deer.
- Birds: American Black Duck, American Crow, American Goldfinch, American Kestrel, American Robin, Baltimore Oriole, Barn Owl, Barn Swallow, Black-and-white Warbler, Black-capped Chickadee, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Blue Jay, Blue-winged Warbler, Broad-winged Hawk, Brown-headed Cowbird, Canada Goose, Cedar Waxwing, Common Grackle, Common Pheasant, Common Raven, Cooper's Hawk, Dark-eyed Junco, Downy Woodpecker, Eastern Blue Bird, Eastern Screech Owl, Great Blue Heron, Great Horned Owl, Hairy Woodpecker, House Sparrow, Indigo Bunting, Mallard, Mourning Dove, Northern Cardinal, Northern Flicker, Northern Mockingbird, Northern Shrike, Pileated Woodpecker, Purple Finch, Purple Martin, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Red-shouldered Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Red-winged Blackbird, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Ruffed Grouse, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Scarlet Tanager, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Song Sparrow, Tufted Titmouse, Tundra Swan, Turkey Vulture, Wild Turkey, White-breasted Nuthatch, White-throated Sparrow, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.
- Insects: Buckeye Butterfly, Bumble Bee, Cloudless Sulphur, Cricket, Eastern Tent Caterpillar, Firefly, Geometer Moth, Grasshopper, Honeybee, Hummingbird Clearwing Moth, Katydid, Luna Moth, Mantis, Monarch Butterfly, Red-Admiral Butterfly, Red-spotted Purple Butterfly, Stick Bugs, Zabulon Skippers.
- Amphibians/Reptiles: Blue-spotted Salamander, Common Garter Snake, Eastern American Toad, Jefferson Salamander, Red Back Salamander, Red-spotted Newt, Spotted Salamander.
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