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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

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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).

Ladders to the Outdoors - programming and activities connecting Western New York youth with the outdoors

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.

An "Equestrian Permit" is required for riding horses within Knox Farm State Park. Please fill out the updated form found under "Documents" below, and note that you no longer need to submit for signature. For filming and special use permit information or other questions, please contact knoxfarms@parks.ny.gov

The Friends of Knox Farm State Park is a Not-for-Profit organization, whose mission is to preserve, promote and protect the unique character, history, and natural assets of the park for the enjoyment of generations to come.  Visit: https://www.friendsofknoxfarm.org/ for more information.  The Friends Group operates the Mansion as a wedding and event venue, the Guesthouse for overnight accommodations, and the Stable for various events.  For information and booking of weddings, lodging, and stable events, phone 716-714-9553 or email info@themansionatknoxfarm.org For other Friends Group related inquiries, call 716-805-7205 or email admin@friendsofknoxfarm.org

The Native Landscape Resource Center, Western District Nursery is located at Knox Farm State Park. It is the first of its kind for New York State Parks The nursery supplies native plant material to State Parks throughout Western New York.  Trees, shrubs, and plants are primarily propagated from locally collected seed in order to maintain and enhance genetic diversity within each species.  Dozens of different species and over 1,000 plants are growing in the nursery!

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

Digital Maps

New! Download this park's digital map to your iOS Apple and Android device.

Sat 15 Jun
I Am Your Father
Saturday, June 15, 2024 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Knox Farm State Park
On this guided walk, in a faraway galaxy, fathers of animals we will find. Registration required on Eventbrite.com
Registration: Required
Fri 21 Jun
Knoxturnal Stroll*
Friday, June 21, 2024 08:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Knox Farm State Park
Enjoy a peaceful evening stroll through the rolling hills of Knox Farm in search of nocturnal animals. Adults Only. Registration required on Eventbrite.com
Registration: Required
Tue 02 Jul
Sunset Stroll
Tuesday, July 2, 2024 08:00 PM - 09:30 PM
Knox Farm State Park
Enjoy the rolling hills of Knox Farm as the sun sets during this evening walk. For ages 8 and up. Registration Required on Eventbrite.com.
Registration: Required
Wed 10 Jul
Wednesday Wingspan Wander
Wednesday, July 10, 2024 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Knox Farm State Park
Birds of a feather flock together! Enjoy a casual bird walk to observe our feathered friends. All levels and birding beginners are welcome, Binoculars are not necessary but encouraged. Registration Required on Eventbrite.com.
Registration: Required
Fri 12 Jul
Hike Through History
Friday, July 12, 2024 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Knox Farm State Park
Reminisce about years gone by. Take a leisure hike and discover the history of Knox Farm State Park. Registration Required on Eventbrite.com.
Registration: Required

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Amenities Information

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