call/e-mail Kathy (716)-372-6263
write hiking group in subject section of
There is no cost for this group, which is
run through e-mail postings.
- So many
dread the cold of winter. - Most would like to improve
health by increasing their activity level, but busy work weeks
leave little time and energy for exercise and family. -
Some really appreciate the landscape in our area but would like
to find out how to access more places, or join others with the
same interests. - How many times do you hear youth say
there is nothing to do around here?
area hiking may be a good alternative or solution.
Immersing yourself in nature
allows one to reap the benefits of exercise while slowing the
mind, both highly recommended for health. With proper
clothing, you can enjoy all but the most severe weather and feel
better getting some daylight, fresh air and blood circulating.
Those who enjoy hiking, paddling, cross-country skiing and/or
snowshoeing find that their body adapts to the changes in season
and temperature. There are endless activities to enjoy, many
right out our front door and many at no-low cost. These
can be the perfect outlet for an individual or for quality
family time. No matter how tired you are after a long
workday, there is nothing like a peaceful restorative walk in
nature to replenish your spirit.
WNY and Northern PA have stunningly beautiful areas no matter
the season. There is an abundance of trails throughout,
including the Finger Lakes Trail, the North Country Trail and
those in Allegheny National Forest and Allegany State Park in
addition to many local trails and trails on state lands.
Our region is alive with streams, rivers, waterfalls and lakes.
Olean area hiking provides a mode to learn more about these
areas and to experience first hand the fun, beauty, and benefits
of nature activities. There is no membership fee; all one
must have to participate is regular access to the internet, as
postings are made through e-mail or by visiting the website.
Members post to offer or join in activities or to submit or
request outdoor-related information. Most outings consist
of small groups from 2-5 people; occasionally there are larger
groups. At this time there are over 100 members in OAH -
approximately thirty that participate actively. Others
read posts for enjoyment or to increase knowledge of the
surrounding area and outdoor related topics. All skill
levels are represented from beginner to advanced. The
group is connected to paddling and hiking groups in Bradford,
Buffalo, Jamestown and at times coordinates to hold joint
Many friendships have formed, and as membership grows, it is
hoped to increase varieties of activities, such as offering
workshops, dinner gatherings, and possibly dog walks.
Group members are encouraged to leave no trace behind and have
engaged in clean up efforts each year, cleaning up Mt. Hermanns,
the Heart, and parts of the Allegheny River Trail.
Olean area hiking was formed in April 2004 based on a model used
by Buffalo hike club. Founder, Kathy Hardiman, attended a
BHC hike, meeting the group at Beehunter trail in Allegany State
Park, and realized that their system could easily be adopted for
the Olean area.
For more information or to join, you may
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