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Knox Farm State Park

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

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 andrew.hillman@parks.ny.gov

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.

Maps

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Sat 15 May
Flowers n’ Feathers
Saturday, May 15, 2021 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Knox Farm State Park
(716) 549-1050

With spring bird migration at its peak, and flowers at your feet, take in the wonderment of spring as we walk. For information and registration call (716) 549-1050.
Registration: Required
Thu 17 Jun
Grassland Bird Monitoring
Thursday, June 17, 2021 08:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Knox Farm State Park
(716) 549-1050

Calling all birders! We need YOUR help in a community science project. Teams will conduct point count surveys for grassland birds at Knox Farm. Call (716) 549-1050 or email Matthew.Nusstein@parks.ny.gov to sign up for a team.
Registration: Required
Sun 20 Jun
Dance of the Firefly
Sunday, June 20, 2021 09:00 PM - 10:30 PM
Knox Farm State Park
(716) 549-1050

With fireflies to guide the way, set out to discover a light show unlike any other in the natural world. For information and registration call (716) 549-1050.
Registration: Required
Thu 24 Jun
Grassland Bird Monitoring
Thursday, June 24, 2021 08:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Knox Farm State Park
(716) 549-1050

Calling all birders! We need YOUR help in a community science project. Teams will conduct point count surveys for grassland birds at Knox Farm. Call (716) 549-1050 or email Matthew.Nusstein@parks.ny.gov to sign up for a team.
Registration: Required

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Amenities Information

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