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.
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!
- You are responsible for your own safety.
- No disposable items (including disposable plastic water bottles – non-disposable bottles are OK) are allowed in the scenic area.
- No pets – sorry!
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