By Kellen M. Quigley
Father’s Day weekend is the perfect time to show Dad some love, and a great time, by sharing a memorable experience together at one of the region’s great outdoor events taking place this weekend.
From hiking to biking to hitting the links, there are lots of great ways for families to get away for the day and celebrate the special man in their life.
Zoar Valley, one of the most beautiful valleys in New York State, is the perfect place to spend the afternoon exploring wildlife and learning about the history of the region.
Zoar Valley and the Cattaraugus Creek act as the natural northern border of the Enchanted Mountains between Erie County and Cattaraugus County.
Go fishing on the Cattaraugus Creek in Zoar Valley! Cattaraugus Creek has been listed in the top 10 Steelhead Fishing sites in the country by fishing magazines.
Go hiking along the gorge, but stay on the trails for your own safety. There are rocky overhangs and trees that appear stable on the edge of cliffs but steer clear as most of the underlying rock is unstable.
Join a group and go canoeing or kayaking. For a kayaking group in Zoar Valley, we recommend meeting up with the Zoar Valley Padding Club. Some sections of the Cattaraugus Creek have Class III rapids! Make a reservation with a whitewater rafting guide.
Head north to Sprague Brook County Park for more than 2,220 acres of parkland. Miles of trails await for everything from hiking to biking to taking in all the nature. Park-goers can also camp at one of the park’s many sites for a special Dad and me weekend you won’t soon forget.
No matter what your cycling skill level, you and Dad can take part in the Raccoon Rally Mountain Bike Race at Allegany State Park on Sunday, June 16. The park once again hosts one of the longest-running mountain bike races in Western New York in one of the most beautiful places in the region.
This Cross Country Mountain Bike Race begins in the Red House area at 10 a.m. and uses the Art Roscoe Trail System and the Thunder Run Singletrack. Visit http://www.heartrateup.com/raccoonrally18.html to register and view the schedule for expert, sport, and beginner and novice cyclists. There will be free kids races at 1 p.m. prior to the awards ceremony, where there will be awards and cash prizes to the top cyclists, as well as a picnic lunch and door prizes.
Hit the links with Dad this weekend at one of the region’s many picturesque golf courses. Holiday Valley’s Double Black Diamond Golf Course is the perfect place to spend the day. In addition to beautiful views from every hole, the course includes a 300-yard driving range, covered and grass tees, target greens and a ball machine. Treat Dad to a lesson or two at the prestigious Phil Ritson/Mel Sole Golf School, or join a summer league with him and meet new friends!
Located at 9255 Genesee Road in East Concord, Concord Crest Golf Course is a great choice for a fun day with Dad. Concord Crest is open to the public and offers the same affordable rates every day of the week. Enjoy their 3-hole, par 10 practice facility, as well as a variety of lessons, clinics and camps for golfers of all ages. Call the course at 592-7636 to reserve your tee time.
Give Dad a gift he’ll enjoy all season long with a membership to Springville Country Club, known as “WNY’s Friendliest Golf Club”! Springville Country Club considers itself one of the most available private courses in the region, as joining is easy and there are no tee times, even on the weekends. With some of the most affordable dues in Western New York, it makes a great gift for Dad—and perhaps yourself, too! Call the Club at 592-4334 to learn more or visit the office, located at 14445 Cascade Road in Springville.
With summer finally here, why not explore the great outdoors with Dad and give him a father’s day he’ll be bragging about for years to come.