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“Rustic Sculpture Park”

Griffis Sculpture Park
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Boston
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56 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Rustic Sculpture Park”
Reviewed 21 May 2014

This is a "rustic" sculpture park with about 60 pieces at the main location. There is also a secondary site about 1 - 2 miles away. I drove past that, saw about a dozen totem-pole-like steel sculptures.

It's in a remote area about halfway between Jamestown, NY and Buffalo, though the directions are good and it's easy enough to find. You may see the location listed as Ellicottville, Ashford Hollow, or East Otto. The surrounding area is extremely hilly, make sure you have good brakes!

Sculptures are mostly steel or aluminum, a few stone or wood. I believe most of them were made by the owner, Larry Griffis.

Site is very basic, set on a hillside. Starts out flat, gets progressively steeper as you go. Most of the pieces are in three large clearings. I visited in May 2014. The left trail going up was very muddy in places, suggest you stay right.

There are porta-potties at the entrance. No food or other services. Admission $5.00 by honor system.

Visited May 2014
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Columbus, Ohio
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196 reviews
83 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
“Must See!”
Reviewed 12 May 2014

If you are in the area, or the region you should see this outdoor museum park. It's amazing. It costs very little and you'll get your exercise if you try to take in the whole thing like our family did. I strongly caution that if you plan to try to do the red loop and the blue loop be prepared with some water and a snack. It takes a while and it's not too well marked (we got a little bit lost on the red loop). Wear light hikers and give yourself about 3 - 4 hours to see the majority or all of the park. The yellow area and the pond and beginning of the blue area are easy to follow because there are signs with "you are here" labels. Very helpful! The red loop is for hikers for sure. A trail run in here would awesome.

Visited May 2014
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Hammondsport, NY
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“Fun adventure”
Reviewed 13 October 2013 via mobile

A friend and I spent several hours wandering the park on a beautiful fall day. The park was definitely worth the drive and it was fun to see what was around the next corner. The hike up the hill took us a while, but there are benches and places to stop along the way. Lots of the sculptures were able to be climbed on, and it's a great place for kids. The admission price us $5 per person, and on the honor system. Sadly, I saw very few people pay. It's well worth the price and I would definitely recommend a visit. The views at the top are beautiful.

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Atlanta, Ga.
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“Unusual attraction worth seeing if you're in the area.”
Reviewed 27 September 2013 via mobile

If you can't walk far, at least go to the lower pond. It's got a nice view that you can enjoy from a bench. If you have children, be advised that many of the sculptures are nudes. Some are no longer standing, but have been dislodged. We did the full loop, but am not sure we did the return correctly as we ended up taking a road back to the lower pond. If you get in your car and drive the back roads, you'll get to a separate section that some people may miss.

Visited September 2013
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Depew, New York
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30 reviews
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“Intresting Place”
Reviewed 8 September 2013

This was an interesting place to spent an afternoon. Next time, I would pack a picnic lunch. Some really cool sculptures and climbing on them is encouraged. Definitely bring a camera and comfortable walking shoes. It's a lot of walking, and things, places are not clearly marked, but as long as you have the time, it's a neat place to get lost.

Visited August 2013
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