Tonawanda Rails to Trails

New York

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Tonawanda Rails to Trails Facts

States: New York
Counties: Erie
Length: 4.7 miles
Trail end points: Kenmore Avenue (Town of Tonawanda) and State Street (City of Tonawanda)
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6501312

Tonawanda Rails to Trails Description

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 both freight and passengers in the 1880s. The pathway runs through a mix of residential and commercial areas and links several schools and parks.

At the trail's southern end, it connects to the North Buffalo Rails to Trails, another paved route which provides easy access to the LaSalle Metro Rail Station.

One day, the trail will stretch farther north to connect with the vast Erie Canalway Trail, which stretches nearly 300 miles across New York.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking is available near the north end of the trail in Ives Park (2 Frances St.) and at Walter M. Kenney Field (2000 Colvin Blvd.). Mid-Trail, parking can be found at Lincoln Park (1200 Parker Blvd.).

Tonawanda Rails to Trails Reviews

great Trail

Wide trail, very active but nice ride from North Buffalo to the river!

Nice, easy, and well maintained

This is a great, relatively flat trail for biking, with a nice connection to Lincoln Park near the southern end. There is a gentle slope uphill from the north end to the south end, so when you're riding back north, it's a nice downhill cruise. Very smooth trail and a nice easy ride.

Great afternoon to pack a picnic lunch, start at State St, take a 4 mi ride to Lincoln Park, have lunch, and take a slightly easier ride back north.

Only major road crossing is Sheridan Dr. and it's pretty safe with the crossing lights.

Decent Starter Train

Rode yesterday with a friend for the first time in 20 years. Trail is paved throughout and starts on Kenmore Avenue in Buffalo to Younge Street in North Tonawanda. Codes several major roads and predominantly crosses built up neighborhoods. Very Safe and moderately populated trail.

clean easy path

My sons live near this and took me. It was a great ride during the pandemic to get a break from being indoors. Very well planned.


Tonawanda Bike Trails

The Bike Trail that goes from the Erie Canal along the Niagara River past the Grand Island Bridge is the worse maintained trail I ever rode on, it is full of cracks and large bumps in the pavement making a ride uncomfortable and dangerous. Although the trail is scenic, it is NOT maintained at all. I will no longer ride this trail. If you rise a road bike with thin tires, you have a definite risk of wheel destruction. I do NOT recommend this path for biking!

Incorrect North-End Parking Address

The parking address listed on the Trail Link description is not correct. The actual parking area for this trail is located on State Street near the intersection of State and Young Streets - not on Francis Street.

That being said - I love this trail, I grew up very close to this rail line and I think this is a great use of it.

nice walk

Love how this trail system connects to the north buffalo trail system!

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