Panama Rocks is Chautauqua County's premier nature park, in operation since 1885. The 300 million years old rock formations are a geologically unique outcrop of quartz conglomerate sedimentary rock - one of the largest outcrops of its kind in the world and upwards of 60 feet tall in places!
Park guests explore an enchanting world of towering rocks, hundreds of deep crevices and passageways, cool, cavernous dens, and small caves. 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 extend about half a mile, surrounded by a one mile long hiking trail (self guided). The trail at Panama Rocks is not difficult, and people of all ages can enjoy it, but it is one mile long and on uneven ground. The trail goes near cliffs and crevices, and rocks and tree roots on the trail make it inaccessible to wheelchairs and strollers. We ask that guests watch their step, don't run, and supervise children carefully. Off-trail exploring is permitted.