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Cheektowaga Historic Rails to Trails

2.3 mi
State: NY
Asphalt, Concrete

Clarence Pathways

17.9 mi
State: NY
Asphalt

Devil's Hole Trail

1.5 mi
State: NY
Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass

Ellicott Creek Trailway

6.9 mi
State: NY
Asphalt

Erie Attica Trail

1.3 mi
State: NY
Boardwalk, Crushed Stone

Erie Canalway Trail

291.9 mi
State: NY
Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone

Genesee Valley Greenway

68.8 mi
State: NY
Cinder, Dirt, Grass, Gravel

Great Gorge Railway Trail

1.2 mi
State: NY
Crushed Stone

Greenway Nature Trail

1.2 mi
State: NY
Asphalt

Kiwanis Park Trail

8 mi
State: NY
Asphalt, Concrete

Lancaster Heritage Trail

4 mi
State: NY
Asphalt

Lehigh Memory Trail

0.71 mi
State: NY
Asphalt

Lehigh Valley Trail

16.4 mi
State: NY
Crushed Stone

Niagara Gorge Rim Trail

6.5 mi
State: NY
Asphalt

Niagara Scenic Parkway Trail

3.9 mi
State: NY
Asphalt

North Buffalo Rails to Trails

0.65 mi
State: NY
Asphalt

Pat McGee Trail

12.1 mi
State: NY
Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Grass

Shoreline Trail

21.7 mi
State: NY
Asphalt

Springville Pop Warner Rail Trail

1.8 mi
State: NY
Asphalt
Accordion

Tonawanda Rails to Trails

4.7 mi
State: NY
Asphalt

Two Mile Creek Greenway

1.3 mi
State: NY
Asphalt
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
A smooth, flat asphalt ride that allows you to discover the town's railroad history (and present), the Cheektowaga Rails to Trails pathway is a great community asset for this Buffalo suburb. About 1.5...
NY 2.3 mi Asphalt, Concrete
Two former rival railroad corridors that crossed in Buffalo’s eastern suburbs now form a nearly 18-mile paved trail system called Clarence Pathways in Clarence, Newstead, and Akron. Five trails...
NY 17.9 mi Asphalt
The Devil's Hole Trail offers a moderately challenging hike within Devil's Hole State Park. The rail-trail follows the route of a former trolley line built in the Niagara Gorge in 1895. Railroad...
NY 1.5 mi Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass
Ellicott Creek Trailway is an asphalt path used for biking, walking, running, and rollerblading. This multiuse pathway travels along Ellicott Creek—a 47-mile waterway that flows from Bennington to the...
NY 6.9 mi Asphalt
The Erie Attica Trail lies in the Finger Lakes region of New York along the former railroad for which it's named. A glimpse of this past can be seen in the beautiful truss bridge that spans 220 feet...
NY 1.3 mi Boardwalk, Crushed Stone
When complete, the Erie Canalway Trail will run for 360 miles in upstate New York—from Buffalo in the west to Albany in the east—linking many other communities along the way, including Rochester,...
NY 291.9 mi Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone
The Genesee Valley Greenway rolls through towns and countless landscapes from Rochester south to Cuba, New York. The greenway is a work in progress, but there is a long, continuous segment (37 miles)...
NY 68.8 mi Cinder, Dirt, Grass, Gravel
The Great Gorge Railway Trail is truly a gem. Nestled between the Niagara River and the Niagara Scenic Parkway, this short but stunning rail-trail offers unparalleled access and views of one of North...
NY 1.2 mi Crushed Stone
Although only about a mile in length, Buffalo’s Greenway Nature Trail packs in the views. The paved pathway provides access to the city’s Outer Harbor not only for pedestrians and bicyclists, but also...
NY 1.2 mi Asphalt
The Groveland Secondary Trail follows a portion of abandoned right-of-way of the old Groveland Branch of the Erie Lackawanna between York and Alexander. The York terminus begins just east of Main...
NY 20 mi Ballast
This trail starts in the Village of Lewiston off Mohawk Street just North of Center Street. Park at Kiwanis Park in the Village. Trail goes North and follows the Niagara Scenic Parkway to Pletcher...
NY 8 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Lancaster Heritage Trail begins in an eastern outer suburb of Buffalo and unwinds 4 paved miles into the delightful wooded countryside. Benches made of natural materials, including boulders, are...
NY 4 mi Asphalt
Just east of Buffalo, New York, lies the Lehigh Memory Trail in the Village of Williamsville. The pathway is a short paved trail that runs through the heart of the village. The trail can get crowded...
NY 0.71 mi Asphalt
Located in the majestic Finger Lakes region, the Lehigh Valley Trail is a well-used gem with a sparkling future. Wandering 16.4 miles through beautiful landscapes and rich greenery, the trail connects...
NY 16.4 mi Crushed Stone
True to its name, the Niagara Gorge Rim Trail traces the eastern edge of the Niagara Gorge, offering connections to three state parks and spectacular views of the Niagara River below and the...
NY 6.5 mi Asphalt
The Niagara Scenic Parkway Trail, formerly known as the Robert Moses Recreational Trail, spans nearly 4 miles beginning at Main Street in Niagara Falls. From there, it heads north past the Niagara...
NY 3.9 mi Asphalt
North Buffalo Rails to Trails offers a tree-lined paved pathway through Minnesota Linear Park in the University Heights neighborhood. Although less than a mile long, it offers two important links in...
NY 0.65 mi Asphalt
The key word in describing the Pat McGee Trail in western New York is variety. The rail-trail rolls for more than 12 miles across the Allegheny Plateau between Cattaraugus and Salamanca, passing...
NY 12.1 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Grass
The Shoreline Trail in Erie County, New York, is 21.7 miles of flat, easy pathway that runs adjacent to Lake Erie, one of the country’s Great Lakes, on its southern half and then along the Niagara...
NY 21.7 mi Asphalt
The Village of Springville in western New York is home to the first section of the proposed 27-mile corridor that will eventually be known as the Erie-Cattaraugus Rail Trail. Running 1.8 miles from...
NY 1.8 mi Asphalt
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Opened in 2016, Tonawanda Rails to Trails offers a paved linear route through the Tonawanda community north of Buffalo. The rail-trail was built atop the former Erie Lackawanna Railway, which carried...
NY 4.7 mi Asphalt
The Two Mile Creek Greenway runs from East Park Drive near I-290 to the Niagara River in the town of Tonawanda. The trail follows along Two Mile Creek, passing through Veterans Memorial Park, and ends...
NY 1.3 mi Asphalt

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Shoreline Trail

Seaway trail

June, 2019 by chantalym

Nice trail except for three sections that were closed due to construction, and gated due to only being open certain hours. We rode on a sunday morning. No alternate route offered for construction section of bike path. I would think weekends are when people ride bikes not sure why sections are gated shut then. The neighborhoods in those sections were sketchy.

Erie Canalway Trail

Bicycle Friendly Trail

June, 2019 by heochief

We rode this trail in two sections both in the Rochester New York area. Our first mini trip was a 20 mile run between Brockport and Rochester New York and the next day another mini run between Brockport and Albion New York. This trail rocks. Great views along the canal, Very friendly people in the many towns along the way who welcome cyclist. Many accommodations along the trail as well. Our favorite towns were Brockport and Albion. These are old canal towns that have kept there history. The trail offers great views is hugging the canal and offers some shade however the areas we rode were mostly open sunny areas. I have traveled on many canal trails and this trail did not fail. The trail is well marked has a town every 4 to 6 miles.We will return to do the entire trail soon.

Erie Canalway Trail

Erie Canal between Buffalo and Rockport

June, 2019 by tharrity73

My group of 4 started a bike trip from downtown Buffalo. Our plan included stops in Lockport and Brockport. The “canalway” trail out of Buffalo had many closed sections without properly marked detours. We were forced to figure out our own detours with the help of other bikers. Signs are desperately needed that give bikers proper detour paths (all on the road). As we moved east out of Tonawanda the trail improved and there were few detours. However, the NY Canal Corp is currently working on sections of the trail. They are adding a sand gravel mix that is very difficult t for riding bikes. All 4 of us had close calls with falling

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Niagara Scenic Parkway Trail

AVOID SUMMER 2019

June, 2019 by tim.reardon

The whole trail is under complete rebuilding. Detour through all city streets in bad areas. It will be a great ride someday, just not this year.

Niagara Gorge Rim Trail

An OK Trail But Have Ridden Better

June, 2019 by lindapnnsy

We didn’t care for this trail, north of the Niagara Gorge Discovery Center. The trail ran alongside a closed roadway, which was OK; nothing to see though. We only rode as far north as Whirlpool Bridge. We were detoured onto a sidewalk prior to the bridge. The detour was not pleasant. At Prospect Point area, bikes need to be walked. My favorite part of the ride was around Goat Island. Oh and the parking lot at which we wanted to park (Discovery Center) was closed. We ended up parking in Niagara Falls State Park parking lot. We have a N.Y. State Park Empire Pass, so we didn’t have to pay to park.

Erie Canalway Trail

Erie Canalway Trail: Herkimer Home to Little Falls

June, 2019 by ellafan

I intended to start my ride in Little Falls and even though I could see the trail here and there, I wasn't able to find a sign for parking. I kept going until I got to Herkimer Home where I knew there was parking. Behind Herkimer Home is the trail. I went west to Little Falls. The trail was excellent and well maintained. Parts of it were asphalt and parts were not paved, but I had no difficulties. The trail in this section was in better shape than I expected give this past winter and wet, wet spring.

I can't wait for the whole Erie Canalway Trail to finally be pieced together. What an amenity. Even though some pieces of the trail aren't far from the highway, the trail is enclosed by trees and vegetation so you don't see the cars and trucks. The vegetation also buffers out the noise.

The only thing that I would suggest and I hope that NYS Parks does is to put in mileage signs and some education signs along the way. I passed several manmade features that I wasn't sure what the original purpose was for. Maybe locals know their canal history, but visitors probably won't.

Shoreline Trail

Definite Design and Interest

April, 2019 by karincraton

My family started on the trail at the Tift street entrance and biked up to Canalside stop. (Note: the $1 bike ferry over to Canalside opens Memorial Day and runs for the summer and part of the fall).

The path was a great surface the whole distance. There were several times where we had to stop before crossing the street, but it was clear that where it was possible trail planners had limited the number of stops cyclists would have to make.

I was most impressed by the level of thought that must have been put into the design of the trail and surroundings. There were sections that were sidewalk, wooden sections as if on a dock, and portions with different paving stones. Along the trail were a variety of bench styles and many historical signs and a bird sanctuary. It was clear that significant thought had been put into making it a visually interesting and appealing ride (and it was!). There was also an amazing playground en route that our toddler loved which was icing on the cake!

Erie Canalway Trail

Between Lyons and Newark

March, 2019 by balppr

This section is very fragmented. You have to walk on the road for long distances. It’s really too bad because there is so much canal history in this stretch I would love to be able to walk it.

Clarence Pathways

Nice path

January, 2019 by nashwell98

Nice bike path, but only port a potties were available for bathroom use. Also, path enters a farmer's market with signs asking bikers to walk their bikes through. Who puts a farmer's market in the middle of a bike path?

Groveland Secondary Trail (York to Alexander)

Groveland Secondary Trail, JM Jones.

December, 2018 by janusmary

I have walked from Griegsville to just shy of East Bethany. I appreciated the fact that the railroad bridges were kept in good shape for walkers. Loved crossing the Oatka Creek and other creeks on the trail. It is a shame that the rocks (ballast) were not properly removed. The places this trail goes are truly lovely. Livingston County especially. I agree with the other commenter that it seems the only people that go on the Groveland Secondary are the very folks that aren't supposed to: ATVers. I stuck with it because I can't resist a trail, and like the places it goes. If the rocks were removed I would give it a high rating. I wonder what would it take to get this trail improved.

Lancaster Heritage Trail

Scenic

October, 2018 by streak1

Ran here while on vacation in October,2018.Very scenic and quiet.Trail surface in outstanding shape considering rugged winters.If you want a trail with steep hills go to Chestnut Ridge Park in Orchard Park.It's about 30 minutes away and will really challenge your running capability.

Lehigh Valley Trail

Rode from Veteran's Park to Lehigh Park

October, 2018 by atmouse

Yesterday we rode on the trail. The surface is very good, There are minimal elevational changes. I wish a couple of trailhead maps were posted for the Rush end of the trail. Mileage signage is excellent.

This is clearly a trail well kept and loved by folks who work hard on it. Bravo for their dedication!

Really a beautiful trail for a sunny October day. We saw a good number of other bikers, dogwalkers, walkers and runners. Everyone shared the trail politely. I see there is a "power trail" of Geocaches along its length as well, but it did not seem disruptive.

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