Explore Glacial Rock Formations

Rock City, Olean, NY. We’re not talking music here. We’re talking, monolithic geological formations cut by torrents of water melted off glaciers that cut into the earths surface. You won’t have to hold your breath to walk this, once, ocean floor.

Rock City, Olean, NY. We’re not talking music here. We’re talking, monolithic geological formations cut by torrents of water melted off glaciers that cut into the earths surface. You won’t have to hold your breath to walk this, once, ocean floor.

The puddingstone or quartz conglomerate is estimated to be approximately a half a billion years old, while the rock itself is about 320 million years old. With a depth of 75 feet here in Olean, NY, this prehistoric ocean floor travels through West Virginia and into Ohio where it cuts into the earths surface about 1,400 feet.

While glacier melting contributed to this remarkable geological formation, a glacier never touched this area. Weathering and erosion in the northern area of New York have allowed these giant formations to seemingly lift skyward to almost four stories high.

Get your hiking shoes on and prepare to marvel at natures wonder. While the “trail” itself is short, only three-quarters of a mile, take a leisurely stroll and enjoy the geological granduer. Amidst your travels you will find the 1,000 ton “balancing” rock, seemingly suspended atop its base and the playfully named Hamburger Rock, which of course resembles a hamburger shape. However, if you are intimidated by heights be aware as you will be decending about four stories of open stairways.

While the park is open daily, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. it is seasonally operated and will close due to inclement weather. However, from May through October you can enjoy the picnic area and hiking trails or simply stop along the way, ease your mind and capture the scenic views.

The park is located at 505 Route 16 South, Olean, NY. You may wish to call ahead-716-372-7790 or 1866-404-ROCK-to ensure park entrance. The fees are minimal: children 5 and under are free, children 6 to 12-years-of-age are $2.50, adults to age 61 are $4.50, and seniors 62 years and older are $3.75. Group discounts are also available for 15 persons or more.

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