Shoreline Trail

New York

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Shoreline Trail Facts

States: New York
Counties: Erie
Length: 21.7 miles
Trail end points: Corner of Seymour and Niagara Streets (Tonawanda) and George J. Hartman Play Fields (Buffalo)
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 10061894
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking

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Shoreline Trail Description

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.

Parking and Trail Access

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.

Shoreline Trail Reviews

Was passing thru so decided to do this trail. I started at the Buffalo Harbor State Park (was planning to start further south -- trail end at Lackawana but decided I did not want to leave my car in the parking lot. Filled with lots of stuff since I was in the middle of a seven day road trip). From the State Park parking lot I managed to get into and thru downtown Buffalo. Had planned to go all the way to the end, but got to a part of the trail that appeared to be on poorly maintained sidewalks thru a sketchy neighborhood, so gave up. I did bike all the way to trail end in Lackawana and noted a sign that said "Be Safe, Walk with a Friend" which explains why I did not want to leave my car there. The view of the Peace Bridge was nice, but overall I don't recommend this trail

Nice apshalt trail along Niagara River. Portion of trail does go along the 190 which is a heavily traveled thruway, so that portion can be a bit noisy. The trail does pass thru many parks along the way which makes for nice rest areas. At the Black Rock neighborhood in Buffalo have the option to take a asphalt trail that takes you to Delaware Park, which is an Olmsted park. Also have option to go off trail at numerous spots in Tonawanda and Buffalo. Most of the trail is off road except for short portion in Black Rock, near the inner harbor, and between the inner and outer harbor. When get to inner harbor have the option to take bike ferry across from inner to outer harbor, believe cost $1. Only reason gave 4 stars is because of portion near thruway and few sections bit bumpy.

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