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To reach the trailhead for the West Shore Trail: From State Route 5, turn onto Gunnville Road; right onto Wehrle Drive. The trailhead will be on your right and there's a large parking lot.
To reach the Newstead Bike Path: From State Route 5, take State Route 93 north toward Akron. Stay on Route 93 through Akron. The path ends at the intersection of Cedar (Route 93), Railroad and Eckerson streets. There is limited curbside parking.
To reach the west end of the Clarence Bike Trail: From State Route 5, take State Route 78 north. The trail endpoint is just north of Muegel Road on the right (east) side of Route 78. However, there is no public parking here.
We were heading to Niagara Falls, ON and wanted to stop every day and enjoy a bike ride. We rode The West Shore Trail, the Newstead Bike Path and part of the Peanut Line Trail for our daily goal of 20 miles. The path is completely asphalt, is very wide and with only one short entry into a downtown area, completely rural. Highly recommend the Clarence Pathways for a terrific way to spend the day.
Both the Clarence Akron Pathways and Clarence Newstead Trails on September 21st 2014. It's paved the whole way, with good signage. It seems to be heavily used by snowmobilers in the winter, so it's clear-cut 30' wide. No shade at all, nothing to block the wind. Still, it's paved, so one cannot complain too much.
34 miles round trip if you ride the entire pair of trails end to end.
I would recommend this path to everyone. It's not a hard ride and very quite and we'll marked. Reminds me of a trail I ride in Hilliard, OH. Awesome ride!
I rode the entire trail yesterday to the END and back. What a well manicured trail. The environment changes from woods to open meadow sunshine and wetlands. My favorite section is in Clarence with the Wetlands. I was able to identify some butterflies and watch a family of baby ducks. Lots of places to relax, pull over and have a snack. A great place to ride forever.
So close to Buffalo so no reason not to try a ride there. Nice place but so open on a 90 degree day.
I had the opportunity to bike these 2 trails on a sunny cool Tuesday Nov 17th. The Peanut line is currently ~6.5 miles from Transit Rd Rt78 due east to Akron Junction where it joins in with the West Shore Trail at ~mile 8.3 (The western terminus of the WS trail is a well-sized parking lot on Wehrle Drive). The WS Trail continues for another 2.1 miles eastbound ending in Akron. The entirety of these trials is paved, with abundant standing maps along the trails to view relative location on the trials. I have been biking/running rail trails for many years now and these are two of the finest that I have had the pleasure to encounter!
Ric Perry, Chili, NY
"This is a nice trail, with good places to eat at either end. Also, upon leaving the trail, there are a lot of riding opportunities to continue on from the trail."
"This trail is paved and has a variety of beautiful fields to view along with ever changing wild flowers. Spring through fall, the landscape changes constantly. During the winter, though, the snowmobilers take the trail over. It's not much fun then!"
This is an outstanding trail. There's plenty of riding. This ranks as one of the best trails I have ever ridden.
Great trail! It's nicely paved and pretty in the fall. There was relatively low traffic on the weekend we were there.
"I ran this trail a few years ago when the Peanut Line was a grass/dirt path that ran quietly through farmer's fields from Amherst to Akron. A few months later I was shocked to return to a paved trail.
This area is pretty rural and already has a paved bike path that junctions the Peanut Line. I think the additional paving is unnecessary and takes away room to roam for mountain bikers, hikers and off road runners. It is also part of the beautiful Finger Lakes Trail which consists of hundreds of miles of unpaved beauty.
Please keep it beautiful as nature intended it: unpaved."
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