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Allegheny State Park / Quaker Lake Area, Salamanca, New York

Date of Stay: August, 2009 - $24.00
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Allegheny State Park has always been one of my favorites. My parents brought me camping here as a child, and my children love to come here as well. The Quaker Lake area (Cain Hollow) would be my pick over the Red House area. The Red House area is beautiful, but the campground is much busier. There are often loud parties, and larger groups on that side. I do love to go there during the day, and it is only about a 15 minutes drive (if you go back out onto route 86). Cain Hollow is older, and not the favorite of many. The bathroom facilities are getting older, but a few have been rebuilt. One reviewer stated that the sites were out in the open. That is only true of loop A. There are some fully-shaded sites in the other loops. I actually do not prefer loop A for that reason. You feel like you are camping out in a field. Don't let that sway you from staying here. The other loops are shaded. There are many sites that are right next to a stream (creek). These are the favorites of my children. I pity the poor crayfish when we show up. My children just love them to death. This state park has an abundance of planned family activities. There is a sheet of activities each week. My children have done many of these activities and all of the naturalists are wonderful. I must say that Allegheny has spoiled me. When I go to other state parks I wonder why they do not have many activities. Aside from the planned activities, there are many other things to do. There are rocks to climb, two beautiful beaches, geocaching, many hiking trails, fishing, boat rentals at Red House beach, mini golf, and of course ice cream! We camped at Allegheny State Park / Quaker Lake Area in a Tent Trailer.

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Evangola State Park, Irving, New York

Date of Stay: July, 2009 - $24.00
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Evangola State Park is a favorite among my children. We first visited this park in the summer of 2007. The beach is awesome. On our first trip to this park my oldest son, 11 at the time, asked if we were swimming in the ocean. To this day my children refer to this park as "the one with the big water." I would not say that this state park has the most organized family activities, but there are many other things to do. There is a paved bike path that runs from the campground down to the beach. There is also a disc-golf course. The park recently underwent some revitalization. Each site now has brand new electric hook-ups with 30 or 50 Amps. The bathrooms are getting old, but are kept reasonably clean. There are a few excellent sites. My favorite is site #41. It is off in a corner next to the park's only cabin. It offers a wonderful view of the lake (there is a fence since there is a cliff here) and the sunsets are fabulous. This park is also close to Niagara Falls. We visited Goat Island this summer, and I was surprised to find that I did not have to pay the $10 parking fee since I was a registered camper at Evangola :). We visit this park a few times each year. We are actually going there tomorrow for the weekend, but unfortunately someone beat me to site #41. We camped at Evangola State Park in a Tent Trailer.

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