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October is a great month to take a day trip and enjoy the fall foliage. The library has hundreds of travel guides, brochures and maps for regional tourist attractions. Thanks to the Allegany County Tourism Center, the Wellsville Area Chamber of Commerce and various websites in New York and Pennsylvania, all the material is free.

As the New York State Travel Guide 2004 says, "From the majestic mountains to the shining sea, spectacular vistas will amaze you throughout the State. The marvelous diversity of our landscape also includes cascading waterfalls, mighty rivers, abundant lakes and streams, peaceful valleys, lush green forests and sun-kissed vineyards."

Go to www.nysparks.state.ny.us for complete details of all the State parks. Unmatched in beauty, are the "Grand Canyon of the East" - Letchworth State Park and the 65,000 acres of rolling hills and meadows of Allegany State Park. They both offer hiking trails, camping and year round activities. Unique rock formations of deposits of quartz conglomerate are found in Rock City Park near Olean. There is a sense of prehistoric times with the toppled giant boulders looming in the landscape.

This "Spotlight on the Library" article was written by Mary Jacobs, the David A. Howe Public Library director. Articles are written and published monthly in the Wellsville Daily Reporter.

Click on a date below to read an article from the archive.

Click here to read the Wellsville Daily Reporter online

One of many hiking trails in the region is The Finger Lakes Trail. It begins on the border of Allegany State Park. The 875 miles of trails are located almost equally on private and public lands. Visit www.fingerlakestrail.org.

Geocaches are listed within 25 miles of Olean. Check the links on www.oleaninfo.com. Geocaching is an adventure game. You need a Global Positioning Systems (GPS) device. A GPS can determine your location within 20 feet anywhere on the planet. Anyone can set up a hidden cache, many times in a remote area, and put a logbook and prizes in it. The person then posts the location on the Internet. Game etiquette says visitors should sign in, take something from the cache and leave an appropriate gift. The game is played worldwide.

If you visit Niagara Falls, be sure to see the Botanical Gardens and Butterfly Conservatory in Ontario. A serene and surreal environment surrounds you with 2,000 incredibly colorful and beautiful butterflies. Visit www.niagaraparks.com for more information and attractions.

Perhaps one of the lesser-known museums in the area is the World War II Museum in Eldred, PA. See www.eldredwwiimuseum.org. Eldred was the site of a munitions plant. Fifteen hundred people worked 24 hours a day during the wartime effort. The exhibits include a Sheridan tank, workable submarine periscope, helmets and uniforms of the armed service and various other displays.

Celebrate the fall and visit a favorite attraction or discover someplace new!

Click here to search STARCAT for more New York State travel resources 

This page was last updated December 22, 2005.

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