Akron Falls

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Park Features

When you take a ride to Akron Falls, you'll take notice of the lush moss, ferns and dense forest that surround the cliffs. Here you can breathe the mystical breeze as the water cascades over the falls especially in the fall season. Down stream along the lake, you can spot many types of birds that have made the park their home.

  • Plant Life
    Many American Beech, Basswood, Hawthorn, Butternut Hickory, Eastern Cottonwood, Sycamore, Black Walnut, Virginia Bluebells, Ostrich Ferns, Goutweed, Japanese Knotweed, Lesser Celandine, Red Pine, Scotch Pine, European Pine, Norway Spruce, Staghorn Sumac, Black Birch
  • Mammals
    Squirrels, Opossums, White- Tailed deer, Raccoons, Skunks
  • Birds
    Great Blue Herons, Belted Kingfishers, Black-capped Chickadees, Whited -Breasted Nuthatch, American Kestrels, Eastern Screech Owls, Woodpeckers, Ducks, Geese
  • Water Life
    Akron Falls leads into sparkling streams and to the lake for fishing of pan fish, bass and carp.

Activities

There are many great outdoor activities to experience in all seasons. In addition, you can visit the Rock Garden with its decorative shrubbery. There is also an outdoor athletic sports field and family picnic grills.

  • Summer
    We can experience nature by bicycling through the woods, hiking through our trails, photographing the animal kingdom or even taking out the fishing pole. More strenuous activity can be played at the regulation basketball court and 2 tennis courts.
  • Winter:
    We have many activities to choose from cross-country skiing (not groomed, open 10:00 AM- dusk), snowshoeing (open 10:00 AM- dusk), sledding (open 10:00 AM- dusk) and ice skating (open 12 PM- 8 PM). For weekday winter sports/ activities updates, please call 858-8513.

At this Park
Shelter 1
72
Open
No
Yes
Close
Yes
Basketball Court
$70
Shelter 2
72
Open
No
Yes
Far
Yes
Basketball Court
$70
Shelter 3
72
Open
No
Yes
Close
Yes
Basketball Court
$70
Shelter 4
72
Open
No
Yes
Far
Yes
Tennis Courts
$70
Shelter 5
60
Open
Yes
Yes
Far
Yes
N/A
$120
Shelter 7
72
Open
No
Yes
Close
Yes
Waterfall Viewing Area
$70
Shelter 8
48
Open
No
Yes
Close
No
Waterfall Viewing Area
$70
Shelter 10
60
Open
No
Yes
Far
Yes
Creek
$70
Shelter 11
48
Open
No
Yes
Close
Yes
N/A
$70
Shelter 12
72
Open
No
Yes
Far
Yes
Pond
$70
Shelter 14
48
Open
No
Yes
Close
No
On Island
$70
Shelter 15
72
Open
Yes
Yes
Close
Yes
Baseball Diamond, Creek
$120
Cummings Lodge
90
Enclosed Full Kitchen
Yes
Yes
Close
Yes
Located next to Creek
$200

Park Facilities

In 1961, Mabel H. James, the last conservationist and teacher pictured a hiking trail extending from Pennsylvania to Canada and started a section of trail near Holland, NY. The Foothill Trail Club, formed in 1962,continued this trail. The trail extends 176 miles from the North Country Trail, at the Pennsylvania line, to Lewiston NY, where it meet the Canadian Bruce Trail. Much of the Conservation Foot Trail is on privately owned land. The trail has distinct orange markings. Please respect the property rights of these landowners when hiking these areas.

History

The earliest inhabitants of the Akron Park Area were three major groups of Indians: the Eries, Neutral-Wenros, and the Hurons. These cultures lasted until approximately 1650, when the Iroquois Nation absorbed the tribes. The area immediately adjacent to and including the village of Akron belonged to that segment of the Iroquois Indians known as the "Seneca". The Seneca Indians remained the strongest and most prominent tribe at the time.

In 1798, the Holland Land Company transformed the Great Central Trail (the Iroquois trail which passed from Albany through Akron) into a rutted wagon road for ambitious pioneers. This road was called the "Buffalo Road" and it became the first wagon trail in Erie County. (The Akron News, 23 June 1966)

The Civil Works Administration, which was funded by the WPA, initiated the development of Akron Falls. They hired 90 men to develop the park and each received a minimum of $15.00 per week. Later that same year the dam and artificial lake was constructed from bond funds. (The Akron News, December 1933)

Erie County Parks acquired Akron Falls Parks System in 1947. The county purchased additional acreage to provide for a skating rink and picnic space. This further led to the construction of footbridges, stone fireplaces and tables. (The Akron News, June 1966)

In addition to it's cultural history and charms,  Akron Falls Park is also the setting of a beautiful, yet tragic love story. Click here to learn The Legend of Murder Creek.

Park Information

44 Parkview Drive | Akron, NY 14001 | (716) 542-2330

Park Map

Make your shelter/building reservation online or call (716) 858-8355 from 8:00 to 3:45 weekdays.

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Facilities

basketballBasketball, bicyclingBicycling, fishingFishing, hiking trailsHiking Trails, ice skatingIce Skating, picnic areaPicnic Area, playgroundsPlaygrounds,  cross-countrySkiing: Cross-Country, sleddingSledding, softballSoftball, tennisTennis,

Modified: July 11, 2016 2:30pm

Reservations

Services

Frequently Requested Pages

Contact

Phone: (716) 858-8355

Erie County Parks, Recreation & Forestry
Edward A. Rath County Office Building
95 Franklin Street, Rm 1260
Buffalo, New York 14202