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Knox Farm State Park

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437 Buffalo Road
East Aurora, NY 14052
Latitude 42.768597
Longitude -78.649536

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Knox Farm State Park is the former country estate of Buffalo's renowned Knox Family. It is located adjacent to the historic village of East Aurora, birthplace of the Roycroft Arts & Crafts movement and former home of Millard Fillmore. The park's 633 acres are comprised of a variety of habitats, including 400 acres of grasslands (pastures and hayfields), and 100 acres of woodlands, ponds and several wetland areas.

Visitors to Knox Farm can observe wildlife, hike, cross-country ski and ride horseback along beautifully scenic nature trails. Nature walks are also offered through a partnership with New York Audubon and the Buffalo Audubon Society, as well as programs offered by state park naturalists.  The Knox Farm Visitor Center contains exhibits of historic and natural interest.  Biking is allowed in designated areas and horseback riding and driving by permit only.

For Equestrian Permits, please fill out the form found under "Documents" below. For filming and other special use permit information, please contact

The Native Landscape Resource Center is located at Knox Farm State Park. The first of its kind for New York State Parks, the NLRC is a native plant nursery growing plants for habitat restoration, landscaping and gardening purposes. These plants are utilized to help the Western District of NYS Parks adhere to the directives outlined in Parks' Native Plant Policy. Trees, shrubs, forbs and grasses are primarily propagated from locally collected seed to preserve and enhance genetic variability within each species.

The park also hosts a dog park that is very popular with its four legged visitors. The dog park is approximately 6 acres and is divided into two main areas for large dogs and one smaller area specifically for small dogs. There are water spigots in or near each section for filling pet bowls / buckets.

Pet Policy: A maximum of two pets are allowed in day use areas unless prohibited by sign or directive. Pets are to be supervised at all times and either be crated or on a leash not more than 6-feet in length. Proof of rabies inoculation shall be produced if requested by staff. Pets are not permitted in playgrounds, buildings, golf courses, boardwalks, pools and spray-grounds or guarded beaches (this does not apply to service animals).

Hours of Operation

  • Open year round, dawn to dusk.


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Sun 19 Dec
Knox Farm Christmas Bird Count
Sunday, December 19, 2021 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Knox Farm State Park
(716) 549-1050

Join us for annual Knox Farm Christmas Bird count! We will be birding as a group and both veteran and beginner birders are invited to join. For information and registration call (716) 549-1050
Sun 19 Dec
Evergreen Envy
Sunday, December 19, 2021 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Knox Farm State Park
(716) 549-1050

Come explore nature's Christmas trees as we unravel the mystery of why evergreens stay ever-green. For information and registration call (716) 549-1050
Sat 01 Jan
First Day Big Tree Hike
Saturday, January 1, 2022 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Knox Farm State Park

Start your New Year off right with an invigorating hike through Knox Farm and visit the parks largest trees! For information and registration call (716) 549-1050

Sat 22 Jan
Ski-mour Knox
Saturday, January 22, 2022 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Knox Farm State Park

Enjoy a morning of cross-country skiing along the beautiful rolling hills of the former Knox family estate. We have a limited number of skis available to borrow. For information and registration call (716) 549-1050

Sat 19 Feb
Great Backyard Bird Count
Saturday, February 19, 2022 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Knox Farm State Park

Get your binoculars ready and join us for the Great Backyard Bird Count! Sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, this annual community science project invites bird watchers of all ages to count birds and help create a real-time snapshot of bird populations. For information and registration call (716) 549-1050

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Amenities Information

  • Amenities
  • Biking
  • Equestrian Trails
  • Hiking
  • Snowshoeing/X-Country Skiing