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Four trails make up the Clarence Pathways trail system: the West Shore Trail, Newstead Bike Path, Clarence Bike Trail, and Peanut Line Trail. The trails radiate around the Buffalo suburbs of Clarence, Akron and Amherst.
The West Shore Trail in Clarence follows the West Shore & Buffalo Railroad corridor. This same corridor saw the very first passenger train stop in Clarence en route to Buffalo from Syracuse, on January 1, 1884. The paved West Shore Trail travels the rural outskirts of Clarence and connects a number of the town's parks with residential areas and the downtown. Traveling east the trail is bookended by rural farms and fields. In Clarence Town Park the trail shares a low-volume local road for 0.8 mile that provides access to the park and the park maintenance facility.
As the trail passes through downtown Clarence, bike route signs keep you on track. Look for bike lanes on the sidewalk and brick pavers at street crossings. The West Shore Trail returns to a rural setting until reaching Davidson Road. Here the trail becomes the Newstead Bike Path, though there is little noticeable difference between the two.
After 2.5 miles of passing through farmland and woodlots on the Newstead Bike Path, you reach Akron Junction and the connection to the Peanut Line Trail. The Newstead Bike Path continues north and east for another 2 miles through country landscape and near residential developments to the town of Akron.
If you choose to branch off on the Peanut Line Trail you will follow a rail-trail that stretches west toward East Amherst. The trail is named for the New York Central Railroad corridor it travels, dubbed the "Peanut Line" for its short length. The first 2.3 miles of the trail, in Newstead, are primarily rural farmland.
When you reach the Newstead-Clarence town line, the Peanut Line Trail becomes the Clarence Bike Trail, though it is also known as the Peanut Line Trail. The Clarence Bike Trail continues west on the old rail line. The trail ends near Transit Road, but not before whisking you through Clarence, where the surroundings gradually become more suburban and residential. Farm fields give way to front yards and, at about 2.4 miles, the trail connects with a community park. A number of side paths snake toward the trail, linking neighborhoods to the popular path.
A walk or bike ride on any one of the trails within the Clarence Pathways system makes for a delightful outing. Combined, they add up to a daylong adventure. In the winter, snowmobiling is allowed on two of these routes: the Peanut Line Trail between Goodrich Road and Salt Road, and on the West Shore Trail between Main Street and Davison Road.
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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