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Ellicottville New York Activities

Area Activities

Ellicottville is a great place for the family. There are pleanty of indoor and outdoor activities throughout the year for everyone! Whether you are the sports enthusiast, adventurer, knowledge seaker or looking to relax; Ellicottville has the activity for you! We have outlined some great activites to enjoy during your trip to Ellicottville.

The activities have been outlined in the following categories on this page:


Plan a golf weekend. There are three scenic 18-hole and three 9-hole golf courses within 18 miles of Ellicottville. The Double Black Diamond golf course and Phil Ritson—Mel Sole Golf School are at in town at Holiday Valley Resort. Just 8 miles away, you can play the Elkdale Country Club with advance reservations, which is a private golf club. All of the course are well run and are challenging.

The Double Black Diamond course has a rating of 71.3 and a slope rating of 125 on bent grass. Elkdale Country Club is another excellent course that has public golfing in Salamanca; with a course rating of 69.3 and a slope rating of 120 (tee times are required). Concord Crest is located in East Concord at the foothills of the Allegheny mountains, and has a course rating of 69.5 and a slope rating or 112. Visit our blog for course maps, score cards and golf course information. Make it a golf weekend!

Double Black Diamond golf course at Holiday Valley Resort

The Double Black Diamond golf course is right in Ellicottville, NY. The 18 hole golf course measures approximately 6500 yards, but plays the equivalent of a longer course with the combination of well-watered fairways and terrain variations extending the 18 holes. The course is challenging as was nominated as one of the best re-designs in Golf Magazine 09. The slope from the double black diamond tees is 126, black is 121, blue 115 and green 118. Check out the amazing views and challenging course!

There is a driving range and practice tees are available the course. You can also take lessons at the Phil Ritson—Mel Sol golf school. Lodging and golfing packages are availalbe at Holiday Valley Rental Managment properties, which includes Wildflower unit 55!

Double Black Diamond Golf Course at Holiday Valley Resort, Ellicottville New York
Elkdale Country Club

Elkdale Country Club is a semi-private golf course located in Salamanca, NY, approximately 10 minutes away from Ellicottville. Elkdale golf course is available for public play every day with a reservation. Corporate outings or group outings can be made in advance. There is a driving range available.

Nestled in the rolling hills of New York's Southern Tier, Elkdale Country club offers a challenging 18-hole golf course, beautiful scenery and complete restaurant and lounge facility. Built in 1928, Elkdale combines timeless natural beauty with contemporary refinement to create a fantastic outing. The course measures approximately 6,100 yards, with slope rating of 120 and a course rating of 69.3.

Elkdale Country Club Salamanc, New York
Concord Crest Golf Course

Concord Crest golf course is located in East Concord, New York; at the foothills of the Allegheny mountains. The course is located about 16 miles from downtown Eillicottville, NY.

The 18 hole golf course measures approximately 6,400 yards, with a par 72. The bent grass greens, elevated tees and spacious fairways are well maintained and provide a fair and enjoyable test for all golfers of all ages. The course opened in 2001 and has irrigated greens, tees, fairways. There are 4 sets of tees boxes and a 3 hole practice facility to warm up on. Concord Crest has a slope rating of 112. Check out the amazing views of the Alleghany mountains and this challenging course!

Concord Crest golf course East Concord, New York
St. Bonaventure University Golf Course

The golf course officially opened on May 16th of 1929 with an exhibition match between Ray McAuliffe, Frank Marsh, Ennis Miller, and Joe Higgins. They were divided into teams of McAuliffe and Marsh versus Miller and Higgins. After the exhibition match the golf club was open to members. St. Bonaventure's College would then develop a golf team with Higgins as the coach, Thomas Campbell of Philadelphia, Pa. was named "caddy-master."

The St. Bonaventure University golf course is 2,900 yards from the longest tees for a par of 36 . The 9 hole course rating is 34.6 and it has a slope rating of 109. St. Bonaventure golf course is 18 miles from Ellicottville and is a great value, being a university golf course. This course would be a good day trip to pare Birch Run Country Club for a full 18 holes.

Saint Bonaventure University Golf Course Allegany, New York
Birch Run Golf Club

The Birch Run is a challenging course that opened in 1954. The club is located 16 miles from downtown Ellicottville in Allegany, NY. The greens are tough to read and fast. There is a creek that comes into play on two holes and the course has well placed bunkers. They also offer golf lessons.

The Birch Run Golf Club course is 3,187 yards from the longest tees for a par of 35 . The 9 hole course has a rating of 34.2 and it has a slope rating of 115. This course would be a good day trip to pare the St. Bonaventure University golf course for a full 18 holes.

Birch Run Golf Club Allegany, New York
Ischua Valley Country Club

The Ischua Valley golf course opened in 1970 and is located 11 miles from downtown Ellicottville. This is a great day trip. They also have a bowling alley and restaurant at the club.

This challenging course has strategically placed hazards and is a great value. The Ischua Valley Country Club course is 3,200 yards from the longest tees for a par of 36 . The 9 hole course has a rating of 35.0 and it has a slope rating of 113.

Ischua Valley Country Club Franklinfille, New York

Adventure Park

Holiday Valley Resort host events and has great activities. Some of the newest attractions are at the Sky High Adventure Park, Climbing Forest and Mountain Coaster. They are located near the Tannenbaum lodge and are a great summertime activities

Sky High Advenutre Park

The Sky High Adventure Park is located by the Tannenbaum area of Holiday Valley Resort. The aerial park is a series of platforms and “bridges” built in a 4 acre section of the woods. The platforms are built in the trees and the bridges connect the platforms. The bridge are logs, hanging chunks of wood, ropes or many other options and the challenge is to figure out how to get across to the next platform.  Some of the areas have zip lines . There are 4 levels of difficulty on 13 courses. Check out this attraction! Various Aerial Park / Coaster pricing packages are available.

Sky High Adventure Park
Climbing Forest

The Climbing Forest is like a 3-D version of a climbing wall and the forest at Holiday Valley Resort is the only one of its kind in the United States. There are 10 trees outfitted with color coded climbing holds and the difficulty ranges from easy to challenging. Each climber is fitted with a harness that is clipped into an Auto Belay system. Once a climber reaches the top of the tree at up to 45 feet, they just let go and the belay system slowly lowers them to the ground. There is also a kids’ area with two trees where the youngest climbers can climb about 6 feet up and climb back down.

Climbing Forest at Holiday Valley Resort

Picture is courtesy of the Holiday Valley Resort website.

Sky Flyer Mountain Coaster

The Sky Flyer Mountain Coaster is similar to a roller coaster, but its built on a mountain. Riders are in a “car” on rails that follow a path down that spirals through turns while also zigzagging down the mountain. Riders are able to control their speed with brakes on the car.  The coaster is open in the winter too!

Mountain Coaster at Sky High Adventure Park

Picture is courtesy of the Holiday Valley Resort website.

Hiking and Mountain Biking

The mountains surrounding Ellicottville are a great place to explore. There many single track trails in the region, including the NY State Forest, the NY State Park - Quaker Run and Red House areas, the Finger Lakes trail, Holiday Valley Resort trails and more. Little Rock City is in the NY State forest and has giant boulders all around the trails with scenic views, wildlife and great forest growth. Spruce lake is on top of the mountains near Holiday Valley Resort and Holimont Ski Resort and has great trails and scenic views. All of the NY State foresets' single track trails are for both hiking and mountain biking. There are different levels of skill level and there are ones for all ages.

New York State Forest

Golden Hill State Forest, McCarthy Hill State Forest and Little Rock City State Forest areas of the New York State Forest system have some fantastic single track trails for mountain biking and hiking. The trails are blazed and maintained by the Western New York Mountain Bike Association (WNYMBA). The trails are open to the public. We do have directions to many of the trails on our blog and in brochures at Wildflower unit 55.

There are many trails available that can be accessed from the McCarthy Road forest entrance, Little Rock City forest and off of Mutton Hollow Road near Spruce Lake. Little Rock City has two great trails (pink and white) that are accessable from the picnic / parking ares. The Golden Hill Road areas has two great trails (Red and Blue blazed trails) and plenty of maintenance roads to ride and hike on. The NY State Forest trail maps for the region can be purchased at the Ellicottville Bike shop or on-line through the Western New York Mountain Bike Association (WNYMBA). WNYMBA also has current trail condition updates and host many summer race events.

Golden Hill State Forest

Golden Hill Road NY State Forest

Directions to Golden Hill State Forest. From Ellicottville take 219 South towards Great Valley. Turn left onto Route 98. Drive approximately 5 miles and right turn onto Golden Hill road. Drive to the top of the hill and continue until you see the Golden Hill Road forest sign. You can park by the sign. Cross over the road to the forest access road. The red trail crosses forest access road within 20 yards yards.

Rock City State Forest

Litte Rock City NY State Forest

To drive to Little Rock City from downtown Ellicottville take 242 West for approximately 2 miles and turn left on to Whig street. Take the right fork in the road and drive 1.2 miles. Veer right on to Mutton Hollow Road and drive 0.7 mile. At the intersection, there will be a small country church on your right. Turn left on to Hungry Hollow Road and drive 1.1 miles. Turn right on Little Rock City Forest Road. Approximately 0.25 mile, you will see a single track trail head for hiking or mountain biking. If you are heading to the picnic area, boulders and additional trail heads, stay on the road for a total of 1.9 miles. At the end you will run into the picnic areas and trail head. The large boulders are in this area on the left.

Spruce Lake

Spruce like has a nice trails with a great view of the valley. The area is part Holiday Valley Resort and is located at the top of the Spruce Lake chair lift. Please use common sense safety rules when in the area. Single track topographical trail maps are available at the Ellicottville Bike Shop and show all of the trails in the area. You can hike up to the top by the Yodler Lodge at Holiday Valley or drive to spruce lake.

To drive to Spruce Lake, from downtown Ellicottville take 242 West for approximately 2 miles and turn left on to Whig street. Take the right fork in the road and drive 1.2 miles. Turn left on Mutton Hollow Road and go 2.3 miles. Parkon the side of the road neat the entrance trail, which has large rocks outlining the trailhead. There are several blazed trails in the Tannenbaum woods.

Hike at Spruce Lake at Holiday Valley Resort

The Ellicottvile Bike shop also had weekly rides around the Spruce Lake trails. There are plans to expand the trail system around spruce lake on the Holiday Valley Resort property. You can also rent Mountainbikes at Holiday Valley Resort.

Mountainbike at Spruce Lake at Holiday Valley Resort



EVL Bowling alley is a great 8 lane bowling alley that opened in 2012. There are arcade games, game ticket prizes, free Wi-Fi and an 8 lane bowling alley. They alleys have big screen TVs on the lanes, cosmic bowling and are available for parties. Have some family fun and enjoy bowling and pizza!

Tim and Bonnie’s Pizza is located at the EVL Bowling alley. They have pizza, wings, subs, salads and more. There are specialty pizzas or your classic choices by toppings. They also have a second location in Springville with Cascade lanes.

Tim and Bonnies Restaurant and EVL Bowling

Swimming and Paddleboard, Paddleboats and Kayak rentals

There are many areas to swim during the summer months. There are two lake locations in the state forest and parks and there is the poplular outdoor 3-pool complex at Holiday Valley Resort Memorial Day through Labor Day weekends. With your rental of Wildflower unit 55, up to 4 pool passes are included for the Holiday Valley Resort outdoor pool during your rental.

Holiday Valley Resort 3 Pool Complex

Spend a day swimming and relaxing poolside at the outdoor complex. The resort is just 2 minutes away. Up to 4 pool passes are included with your Wildflower unit 55 rental and additional discounted pool passes are available at the Holiday Valley Rental Management office. The outdoor 3-pool complex features a toddler pool, a lap pool and an activity pool with a slide and diving board. The pool facility is beautifully landscaped with plenty of multi-tiered sun decks. Food and beverage is available at the Cabana Bar, McCarty Cafe and John Harvard's Brew House.

Holiday Valley Resort 3 Pool Outdoor Complex
Red House Lake - Allegany New York State Park

While at the Red House Areas of Allegany State Park, just relax and get a little sun or go for a swim at the beach. There are great views of the valley and it make for a relaxing day! The area around the beach is a great place to be. The bath house, boat house, mini golf, tennis courts, baseball fields, picnic pavillions and several trailheads are all easily accessed by foot from here. Use common sense safety swimming rules, as there is not always a lifeguard present.

The Boat house has paddle boats available for rent as well as a snack shop. Take the paddle boats out on the lake for some great water views, exercise and get out on the water. There is a charge for miniture golf and boat rental, but they are inexpensive and fun activities in the park.

The Beach at Red House Lake - Allegany State Park
Spruce Lake - Holiday Valley Resort

While at Spruce lake, there is a small beach and swimming area near the Spruce Lake ski lift. There are no lifeguards, so don't swim alone and use common sense safety rules. There are pinic tables near the swimming area as well.

Adventure Bound will have Kayak and stand up paddleboard rentals are available on weekends June through September. They are also offering fly fishing and yoga classes.

The Beach at Spruce Lake - Holiday Valley Resort

Movie Theater / Live Theater

There are two great locations to enjoy current movies, classic movies and live theater. The theaters were built in the 1940s and 1950s, so they have been enteraining people for generations. The Jolan theater show current movies, so check their website for the latests shows! The Ray Evans Seneca theater has live broadway style productions during the summer months and shows classic movies during the remainder of the year. Check out their facebook page or give the theater a call to see what is showing.

The Joylan Theatre

Springville, New York is a 25 minute drive north on route 219. It is a short drive through the mountains, accross rivers and is a great scenic trip. Watch a new movie release in this great little theater. There are many local and chain restaurants and shops.

The Joylan Theatre is a 1950’s era single screen movie theater, with the concession stand inside the theater. It is a great single screen thetare and shows all of the current movies and it is a great trip down memory lane.  We recommend calling ahead or checking out their website for movie times and selection.

While you are there, stop by Mary's Fireside Inn for dinner. This restaurant was opened in 2013 and has a full menu, including items for kids. The Restaurant is located in an 1840 farm house, with a relaxed / casual atmosphere!

Joylan Theatre Springville New York

Joylan Theatre Information

Fireside Inn East Concord, New York

Mary's Fireside Information

The Ray Evans Seneca Theater

Salamanca, New York is a 20 minute drive south on route 219. It is a short scenic trip trough great valley. There are a few great desitnation in the city, including the antique mall, railroad museum and casino. Take a trip and see a live theatrical production, a movie or other event that the Cattaraugus County Living Arts Associations (CCLAA) hosts perfomances at the Ray Evans Secenca Theater! The CCLAA board oversees and manages the Seneca Theater. They have broadway plays by local artists, movies, community events and more.

The Ray Evens Seneca Theater is a 1940's era theater that was purchased by the city of Salamanca in 1983, renovated by voluteers and became the Cattaraugus County Living Arts Center. In 2014, the theater went under additional renovations which allowed the CCLAC to open the to live orchestrated perfomances and showing classic movies on the big screen. They hope to run 2 live shows during the summer months. We recommend checking out their facebook site or giving them a call to see what events are being held at the theater. The theater operates through community support, events, grants and thousands of volunteer hours. Help support the arts and this true commumnity theater by attending a show at this historic venue named after the Academy-Award winning lyricist Ray Evans from Salamanca, New York.

Joylan Theatre Springville New York

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Snowshoe or Cross Country Skiing

Holiday Valley Resort

Take off in in snowshoes and head up the mountain at Holiday Valley Resort. Explore the Spruce lake area and head across the ridge near the cross-country ski trails. Holiday valley has 5 km of trails on the ridge and acres in the Allegheny National Forest. Guides at the Holiday Valley Resort can recommend some great areas to explore. Many of the Trails head over towards HoliMont Ski Resort

Anyone can hike up to Spruce lake from Holiday Valley Resort and access the trails and ridge on top of the resort hills. Hike up the access road just past the Tannenbaum lodge. Follow the blue flag trail to the right of the Spruce Lake lift, to the right of the tree line. Follow the trail up the mountain. The trail will cross and follow the maintenance roads. When you see the white water tower on your left, head down that road. you will see a clearing the right just before the tower with more blue blazes. Keep heading up the mountain. You will eventually join the maintenance road again. At this point, you can see the bowl surrounding Spruce lake. You can cross below the bowl or head up to the lake ridge. You can explore around the lake ridge. Do NOT walk on the lake. The lake does not freeze since they use it to feed the snow making guns. Either way you will head left towards the Spruce lake lift to access the white trail. Follow the signs to the Cross Country trail to Tannenbaum. At the second sign on your right, follow the cross country trail for 10 feet. You should see some white blazes painted on the trees. Follow this trail until you reach the communications tower. Head around the town to your right. About half way to 3/4 way around, you will see a path that will access the blue trail again. Follow the trail as long as you like. It will take you across the Holiday Valley Resort ridge. You will see other trial blazes and you can also walk the cross country trails. Enjoy and you common sense hiking safety rules.

Check out 15 km of great cross-country ski trails at Holiday Valley Resort. There are 10 km of lower trials and a $10 lift ticket will take you to the top of the mountain where you can explore 5 km of cross-country ski trails on the ridge.

There are two sets of cross country ski trails at Holiday Valley Resort slopes. There are 10km of lower trails and 5km of upper trails (Happy Wanderer Trail) on top of the ski lifts. The trails are marked and additional areas on top of the ridge around spruce lake are generally groomed. You can purchase a one way lift $10 ticket up the Mardi-gras lift to explore the 5km of upper trails and Spruce lake. You can ride the Mardi-gras lift back down or ski the Tannenbaum or Days end trails back to the resort. Adventurous / experienced skiers can try the NY State Forest trails that are listed in the snowshoeing.

Snowshoe at Holiday Valley Resort
Art Roscoe Cross-Country Ski and Mountain Bike Area in Red House - Allegany State Park

You can snow shoe at the Red House Area of the Allegany State Park. They have awesome groomed cross country ski trails in the Art Roscoe Cross County Ski and Mountain Bike Area. Snowshoe rentals available at the warming hut just outside the ski area. You snowshoe outside the cross country ski trails as well as other blazed trails.

Snow shoes and Cross-country ski rentals are done by the the day, so you have pleanty of time explore the trails

Cross-country ski at the Art Roscoe Ski Area at Allegany State Park

Snow Tubing

Holiday Valley Tubing Company

The Holiday Valley Tubing Company has 12 snow tubing lanes with 2 handle tows. Just outside of town, the snow tubing hill has hours of fun for all ages. The minimum age/height requirement is 7 years old and 42" tall. A special Little Tubers area is available, weather permitting, for younger children.

A FREE shuttle service to and from Holiday Valley is available on the hour per request during operating hours. Pickup is at the Resort Services Center turn around or the Inn at Holiday Valley. There is parking available at the Holiday Valley Tubing Company if you want to drive.

Holiday Valley Tubing Company

Skiing and Snowboarding

There are two great ski resorts in Ellicottville. Ski both sides of the mountain! The average annual snowfall is 180 inches! There is a 3rd great ski resort just 30 minutes north of Ellicottville. You can make your own great ski trip right in western New York. The ski season usually runs November through March.

Holiday Valley Ski Resort

Holiday Valley Resort has been ranked in the top 10 ski resorts in Eastern North America by Ski Magazine for the 6 Years. The ski resort has 13 lifts and 58 slopes, 34% green circles, 28% blue squares, 37% black diamonds and 1% double black diamond. The slopes have a 750 foot vertical drop and the longest run is 4,400 feet. The summit elevations is 2,250 feet. Rental discounts on lift tickets are available when purchased at the HV Rental Office with an overnight stay. Night skiing is available.

The resort offers ski and snowboard lessons, ski equipment rental and has a winter time kids daycare at the resort by the adults ski. The resort is a great destination with the Falling Waters Spa and John Harvard's Brewhouse on site.

Holiday Valley Resort
HoliMont Resort

HoliMont is North America’s largest private ski area with 52 trails. The resort is open to the public Monday through Friday. Downhill ski, cross-country ski and snowboard. Terrain parks and a half pipe too!

HoliMont is open to the public during the Monday through Friday. There are 9 lifts with 52 trails; 25% green circles, 25% blue squares and 50% black diamonds. The slopes have a 700 foot vertical drop and the longest run is 4,000 feet. The summit elevations is 2,260 t. HoliMont as downhill skiing, cross-country skiing and snowboarding. Night skiing is not available.

HoliMont Resort
Kissing Bridge Ski Resort

There are 3 rennovated terrain parks; the beginner, the progression and the main park. The resort has 5 total terrain parks for awesome snowboarding! This is a smaller resort compared to Holiday Valley and HoliMont, but has great runs and boarding.

Kissing Bridge has 10 lifts with 39 trails; 20% green circles, 50% blue squares, 29% black diamonds and 1% double black diamond. The slopes have a 600 foot vertical drop. The summit elevations is 1,700 feet. Kissing Bridge has downhill skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing. Night skiing isavailable.

Kissing Bridge Ski Resort

Snow Mobile

Over 90 miles of snowmobile trails are located in the Allegany NY State Park. The Pat McGee Trail (12.2 miles) is located near the park, and is a major segment of the Cattaraugus County trails system going from the Village of Cattaraugus to the Northern part of Salamanca. Over 350 miles of additional trails are located in the areas surrounding the park and throughout Cattaraugus County, including the New York State Forest. Prior to planning your getaway weekend, visit the Enchanted Mountains website or the New York State Forest website for trail maps and trail conditions; or contact the Snowmobile Federation of Cattaraugus County.

Snow mobile trails are in the Allegany New York State Park, both Red House and Quaker Run areas. The NY State Forest at the top of Holiday Valley and HoiMont resorts and the the hundreds of other Cattaragus County Trails.

If you are an out of New York state snow mobiler, please remember to join a New York State Snowmobile club to get the snowmobile registration discount with a NYSSA Snowmobile Club Voucher. You will also net to get a temporary registration for your snow mobile. Visit the Enchanted Mountain webiste link for more details!

Snow Mobile Federation of Cattaraugus County

Cattaraugus County is home to over 350 miles of snowmobile trails, including 68 miles in the Allegany State Park. This website has trail maps, trail conditions and snowmobile information. Visit the Enchanted Mountain website to download maps to your GPS!

Snow mobile in New York State Forest and Cattaragus county


There is so much do to around Ellicottville! We hope that you find an activity that fits your getaway trip!