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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 River on its northern half. The trail traverses the west end of Buffalo and is located just south of the famed Niagara Falls and near the Canadian border. It ends in Tonawanda, where you can pick up two more trails for more riding: the Two Mile Creek Greenway and the Tonawanda Rails to Trails.
The trail is paved throughout its entire length, making it wheelchair accessible. The large number of parking lots located near the trail the make it one that can be hiked or biked in its entirety as well as in sections. Numerous trailside parks also provide helpful amenities, such as restrooms, drinking water and picnic areas. Although part of the route runs adjacent to I-190, fencing and a wide grassy median keep the trail experience safe and pleasant.
The northernmost parking lot is located in Niawanda Park (200 Niagara St., Tonawanda). Several miles south, just before the Isle View Park, is another lot with room for about 20 cars. Just south of this lot is another lot with an even larger amount of spaces available. On the western side of Unity Island Park, which the trail passes through, there is a small round lot with room for about 15 cars. La Salle Park, which is located off the Niagara Thruway on Porter Avenue, offers a large parking lot as well. The southernmost parking lot is located a couple hundred feet south of where Fuhrmann Boulevard and Outerharbor drive meet, with room for around 25 cars.
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