Little Rock City (a rather unique hike destination) is located in Rock City State Forest, and as cities go, well, it is not a city in the traditional sense, as occupied by humans, … it is a city of rocks. “Little Rock City” is one of three “Rock Cities” in the Cattaraugus County, NY. [The other two are Rock City Park (a privately owned tourist attraction of rock formations and more), and Thunder Rocks in Allegany State Park may be considered by some to be a rock city.]
For Sunday, July 2nd 2017, ST has not planned a ST hike. BUT WAIT- do not be dismayed, here is a hike opportunity that some ST hikers may be willing to travel to and find the hike well worth the distance of travel.
The Finger Lakes Trail (FLT) runs thru Rock City State Forest, as do some other trails.
This is a hike provided by the group Chautauqua Hikes, and likely you’ll be joined by some hikers from Olean Area Hiking Group (yes, the same group that ST did a joint hike with at Hanging Bog three or so years ago). Hikes are open to other hikers.
The two paragraphs below in italics are the hike particulars as provided.
Come out and join us for a hike at Little Rock City on Sunday July 2nd. We
will meet at the park and ride on Rt 60 at 9:30am to carpool to the trail.
This is a trail that we did a few times years ago but not recently. Bring
a lunch and water. Dress for the weather. The trial is hilly and rocky.
I’m not sure of the distance but we will be out all day, including travel
This state forest received its name due to the massive boulders the size of
houses which are naturally arranged so that they resemble a city with
“streets” running between them. This unique “city” is formed by many
factors including a massive resistant conglomerate bed, erosion of the weak
shale base and soil creep. The conglomerate bed actually has its own
geological designation known as Devonian Salamanca conglomerate. A
conglomerate is a rock consisting of individual stones that have become
– – Please note, the carpool point (park & ride on Rt 60 at 9:30am) listed in the two italics paragraphs above is not one that ST hikers would use, as it is in Jamestown area well west of Little Rock City. Hike start time, albeit listed in this post as 10:30AM, likely is not exact.
Check this post for any additional info as we get closer to hike day. Hoping for a better defined hike start time, and perhaps a suggested carpool point for ST hikers wanting to go. (most recent update – Monday 6/25/2017 ~ 1:30PM)
As a primer, here at two links about Rock City State Forest (and more), both are on CNYhiking website. You’ll find some photos of Little Rock City in the links.