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The two RV Gypsies went to Rock City Park
505 Route 16 South
Olean, New York
September 17, 2013

USA map showing location of New York stateRock City Park Signsign - welcome to the beautifula and surreal

As the two RV Gypsies drove through Olean and other surrounding areas, there were bear crossing signs everywhere, but the two RV Gypsies did not see any bears.

welcome to New York sign
Bear and cub crossing sign

Weather Rock outside the Rock City Park Gift Shop - and Ranger Dale welcoming the two RV Gypsies.

Weather Rock outside the Rock City Park Gift Shop
Yes Ranger Dale welcoming the two RV Gypsies

Rock City Park, located in the Enchanted Mountains of Cattaraugus County, south of Olean, New York on Route 16, is sometimes called "one of the Eighth Wonders of the World" (at least according to their brochure). However, the two RV Gypsies have seen quite a few places that claim to be called "one of the Eighth Wonders of the World".

This prehistoric ocean floor is the World’s largest exposure of quartz conglomerate (also called ocean spar or puddings tone) and attracts thousands of visitors yearly. Rock City Park features a three-quarter mile natural trail consisting of various steps and paths necessitating comfortable clothing and good walking shoes.

The beginning of the trail at Rock City Park
Main trail sign

Below: The stairs down to Fat Man's Squeeze. In the winter, ice sometimes has to be removed in order to get down into Fat Man's Squeeze. But of course, it was nice weather when the two RV Gypsies visited Rock City Park.

The stairs down to Fat Man's Squeeze
Lee Duquette in Fat Man's Squeeze

At the bottom of Fat Man's Squeeze, Lee Duquette came across Dining Hall Pass.

Lee Duquette At the bottom of Fat Man's Squeeze
Dining Hall Pass at Rock City Park

The sign stated that the photo below on the right is shaped like the state of New York (minus Long Island). Karen Dyqyette does not see it. Lee Duquette said he did.

sign about the rock shape
rock shaped like New York at Rock City Park

Indian Camp was believed to have been shelter used by the Senecas as a possible fortress.

Indian Camp at Rock City Park

Teepee Rock

Teepee rock at Rock City Park

The big rocks below were not labeled, but Lee liked them.

unlabeled rock formations

Old Man of the Rocks: The two RV Gypsies did not agree as to which formation was referred to as Old Man of the Rocks, so Karen Duquette took several different photos of the area, then checked on the internet for the correct photo. Some rock formations really do require a vivid imagination.

Old Man of the Rocks at Rock City Park

Below: The two RV Gypsies guessed that the three trees high up in these rocks are The Three Sisters because the trees looked like they were not growing tall.

sign about the three sisters
three Sisters at Rock City Park
 

Sentinel Rock: The largest free standing rock in the park

Sentinal Rock - the largest free standing rock in the park
Sentinal Rock - the largest free standing rock in the park

Pulpit Rock

Pulpit Rock at Rock City Park

Below is the center section of a Parksburg drilling rig built in 1935 and used until 1962. The rig was built on skids in 3 sections. On one end was the engine house, the brake was in the center, and the band wheel and the derrick were on the other end. This was used during oil lease operations at Rock City Park. Some of the wells are over 100 years old. They are now plugged and no longer in operation.

Drilling Rig at  Rock City Park
Drilling Rig at  Rock City Park
 

Below: A moray eel rock formation

sign for trails to nowhere (for kids to enjoy)

moray eel at  Rock City Park
kids trail sign

Balancing Rock - over 1,000 tons --- The back side of Balancing Rock looked like an Anvil Rock

1,000 ton Balancing Rock at  Rock City Park
anvil rock at  Rock City Park
 

Bears Den

Half Sphinx resembles the Sphinx
overlooking the Nile River.

Bears Den at  Rock City Park
half sphinx at  Rock City Park
 

The two RV Gypsies made their way between big rocks to get a view of the bridge high above. Later, the two RV Gypsies walked across this bridge.

Lee Duquette at  Rock City Park
view of the bridge

Face In The Rock

Face in the Roack at  Rock City Park

Indian Stairs - Legend says they preceded arrival of Settlers

Indian Stairs - Legend says they preceed arrival of Settlers

Karen Duquette on the Indian Stairs at Rock City Park

Karen Duquette on the Indian Stairs at Rock City Park
Karen Duquette on the Indian Stairs at Rock City Park

The two RV Gypsies crossed over the bridge at Signal Rock Overlook - (Do you remember the earlier photos of the two RV Gypsies making their way between big rocks to get a view of the bridge high above?) If not scroll up about five photos on this page. Well anyway, this is the bridge in that photo.

the bridge?at Signal Rock Overlook

Back at the top, at the Signal Rock Overlook, the brochures says that over 1,000 square miles and approximately 35 miles straight ahead can be seen. Hmmmm! Really????

Lee Duquette at Signal Rock Overlook
Signal Rock Overlook

laughing clipart dudeAt the end of trail, just outside of the gift shop, Lee Duquette poked Big Foot in the nose, and then Big Foot grabbed Lee's butt.

look belowLove It!
Lee Duquette and Big Foot
Lee Duquette and Big Foot

1996 Cadillac Seville - Ranger Dale's Personal Transport - Possibly the only camouflage Cadillac in the world!

1996 Cadillac Seville
1996 Cadillac Seville
 

Personal Comment: The two RV Gypsies enjoyed this place, but they have been to TWO other "Rock City" attractions, and in their own personal opinion, Rock City on Lookout Mountain in Georgia/Tennessee is bigger and better. The other two places can be seen by using the TOC button at the top of this page and choosing the letter R.

Menu for the two RV Gypsies Adventures in New York
September 17-19, 2013

You may visit these four (4) sites in any order you choose.
There is also a link to Pennsylvania below.

bullet Rock City Park, a prehistoric ocean floor in Olean, NY (this page)

bullet five waterfalls and a Grist Mill

bullet 1-1/2 mile hike along a gorge, 832 stairs one-way and 19 waterfalls

bullet Watkins Glen KOA campground

look below for navigational options

go to the next adventure of the two RV GypsiesAFTER you have seen all three sites above, please continue on to see The two RV Gypsies visit Karen's cousins in New Milford, Pennsylvania