July 26, 2014 · 9:00 AM
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Due to the early afternoon rain predicted for Saturday, I am going to hike in Boston County Forest instead of Allegany State Park so I can start earlier (9 am) with a shorter drive.
Boston Forest County Park is an Erie County conservation area located in the Town of Boston, New York.
You can get more detailed information about the Boston County Forest at the WNYTrails website.
Boston Forest consists of 710 acres of mostly forest lands bordered on the north by Rice Road, the east by Zimmerman Road, the south by Belcher Road and the west by Feddick Road and South Feddick Road.
There is a parking area and hiking trailhead just 1.2 miles west of the Rice Road exit off Route 219. As you are driving west on Rice Road, after you cross Zimmerman Road but just before you reach Rockwood Road, you will see a yellow intersection sign (for Rockwood Road.) The yellow intersection sign is on your right (the north side of Rice Road). The driveway into the large parking area for Boston Forest is directly across from that yellow intersection sign. You can get more detailed information about the Boston County Forest at the WNYTrails website.
This will be a 3 to 4 mile hike. The first part of the trail, leading from the parking area to the snowmobile trail, is usually muddy because horseback riders use it to access the snowmobile trail and illegal atv riders use it to illegally access the forest. The snowmobile trail is relatively dry as are the hiking trails, except after the annual mud run held in Boston Forest the first week of August to benefit the local fire companies who douse the trails to be certain there is sufficient mud for the event.
Thus, this weekend will be the best weekend to hike in the Boston County Forest until mid to late august when the trails dry out after the Mud Run.
This an aerial map of the trails and bushwhacks I have hiked in the Boston Forest:
This a link to a GMap4 of the likely hike, a distance of about 3.5 miles: