WAG Trail

New York

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WAG Trail Facts

States: New York
Counties: Allegany
Length: 9 miles
Trail end points: Weidrick Road (Wellsville) and New York/ Pennsylvania state line
Trail surfaces: Cinder, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass, Gravel
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 7410508

WAG Trail Description

The WAG Trail snakes for 9 miles along the upper Genessee River. The trail follows the route of what was once a shortline operation called the Wellsville, Addison & Galeton (WAG) Railroad. Though the WAG Railroad only lasted for about 15 years before shuttering in 1973 due to economic struggles and flood damage on the tracks, the line has a longer history as part of the Buffalo and Susquehanna Railroad that was founded in the late 19th century, and later absorbed by the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Company. The WAG was known as the "Sole Leather Line" due to the tanneries it served on its route.

Today, the WAG Trail is a rustic, flat path that's often used for hiking & horseback riding. It's active in the winter months too, being suitable for snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. The trail provides access to the river, both for fishermen and for nature lovers just wanting to enjoy the sights and sounds of the flowing water. There are even benches facing the Genesee where folks can sit and take it in. There are also bridges where the trail crosses over the river. Kiosks are available at each trailhead, featuring a map and a brief history of the route. In the beginning, enthusiastic volunteers helped clear the overgrown trail to make it usable, and they are still on the frontlines of maintaining the WAG Trail today so that it can be enjoyed by everyone.

Parking and Trail Access

There are multiple small parking areas that serve as fishing access points including:

  • Shongo Access Point (407 NY-19, Wellsville, NY 14895)
  • Yorks Corner Access on Stone Dam Road & Mapes Road

An additional option is Island Park, just off Rt 417 in Wellsville. Once parked, take the footbridge across the Genesee river and follow the path left. This approximately 1.25 mile multi use cinder path is technically not part of the WAG trail. It is a easy scenic multi use trail along the Genesee River with easy access to the north end of the WAG Trail.

Refer to the trail map for more parking options.

 

WAG Trail Reviews

Beautiful River Views and Wildlife

During a recent early morning ride I was treated to multiple beautiful views of the upper Genesee river. Additionally I saw Herons, a mated pair of Bald Eagles, and plenty of deer along the entire trail. The trail is flat and generally well maintained. The main reason for dropping a star is the majority of the trail is grass (though well cut) which makes for slow riding. It would be absolutely stunning in the fall.

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