As we approach the peak of summer, we are reminded that there are plenty of things to do outside to cherish the warm weather months in Buffalo & WNY.
Hiking is the perfect activity to appreciate the essence of the outdoors- fresh air and beautiful scenery. With our handicap readers in mind, we’ve compiled a list of hikes that are accessible to all. While our mission first and foremost is to provide a handicap accessible hiking guide, the requirements translate exceptionally well to those looking for stroller-friendly trails as well.
Without further ado, here is your summer guide to handicap accessible hiking trails in WNY, listed in no particular order.
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1. Tifft Nature Preserve
1200 Fuhrmann Boulevard Buffalo, NY 14203 / More info
The Tifft Nature Preserve is home to 264 Acres of beautifully restored habitat with five miles of trails and boardwalks which are handicap accessible. This naturalistic sanctuary is full of diverse wildlife, and offers the perfect reprieve from bustling city life to the peace and tranquility of the outdoors. Immerse yourself within nature as you journey through this scenic preserve located just five minutes from Buffalo.
2. Kiwanis Park Trail
940 Oxbow Lane Lewiston, NY 14092 / More info
A paved pathway of scenic woodland abyss is easily accessible from the East end of Kiwanis Park. The Kiwanis Trail is perfect for anyone looking for a peaceful adventure. As you behold eight miles of nature filled with radiant trees, plenty of wildlife, and deep greenery- you are sure to succumb to the charm of the great outdoors!
3. Clarence Pathways
10070 Clarence Pathways Lancaster, NY 14086 / More info
Whether you are encumbered by the woods or open meadowed sunshine, Clarence Pathways is the place to marvel at the beauty of the world which surrounds us. This paved trail is wheelchair friendly entrenched within the heart of wildlife, so prepare to soak in the sounds of nature. Five different trails are available which span 18 miles in length, but feel free to pick and choose at your own discretion.
4. Niagara Scenic Parkway Trail
Main Street Niagara Falls, NY 14301 / More info
During your journey upon the scenic parkway trail you will venture approximately 3.5 miles along the Niagara River. Expect to behold several sights during your adventure such as several historical buildings, an old-growth forest, and picnic areas in De Veaux Woods State Park. This is the perfect place to stop and enjoy lunch in the shade! Further down the trail you will encounter Devil’s Hole State Park with scenic overlooks that will leave you in awe.
5. Lancaster Heritage Trail
Walter Winter Drive Lancaster, NY 14086 / More info
The Lancaster Heritage Trail encapsulates the beautiful scenery of the Lancaster countryside. Waves of greenery and the sweet melody of nature will have you succumbing to the elements! This paved trail spans approximately 4 miles in length with plenty of benches for a place to relax. Furthermore, you will find kiosks which provide insightful history of the trail dating back to the late 1800s.
6. Shoreline Trail
Tonawanda, NY 14223 / More Info
A summer breeze brushes gently upon your face as you turn to your loved one with a smile that will take you miles. The Shoreline Trail is a hidden gem that presents the perfect scenic journey upon Lake Erie. This wheelchair accessible trail runs adjacent to the Lake Erie waterfront. It is paved and spans approximately 21 miles in distance, but as usual feel free to turn around whenever is best for you.
7. Cheektowaga Historic Rails to Trails
148 Medina Street Cheektowaga, NY 14206 / More Info
If you love history and the great outdoors then this trail is for you. Spanning approximately 2.5 miles in length, this smoothly paved trail is wheelchair accessible and flat. Enter an enchanting forest setting which runs adjacent to the active trail line which was used to transport coal from Pennsylvania to New York back in the day. This bodes well for history buffs who are yearning for an adventure!
8. North Buffalo Rails to Trails
520 Kenmore Avenue Buffalo, NY 14216 / More Info
North Buffalo Rails to Trails spans about .7 miles in length along a paved pathway encumbered by tall trees providing cool shade. This trail connects LaSalle Metro Station with Shoshone Park; including several amenities such as picnic areas and a playground. Feel free to take a dip in the pool if you’re looking to cool off along your trip! Not only is this trail wheelchair accessible, but it’s relatively short distance bodes well for those who are looking for a brief adventure.
9. Two Mile Creek Greenway Trail
Two Mile Creek Road Tonawanda, NY 14150 / More Info
This paved trail is wheelchair accessible spanning just over a mile in length. Begin your journey at East Park Drive, and as you venture along the creek you will encounter Veteran’s Memorial Park- the perfect place for a picnic! Continue along the trail and you will reach the Erie Canal Riverwalk which serves as the junction between Buffalo and Albany. Overall, this scenic adventure along the Two Mile Creek is definitely worth your while.
10. Lehigh Memory Trail
86 South Long Street Williamsville, NY 14221 / More Info
This paved pathway runs through the heart of the village of Williamsville. It spans about a mile in length round trip, as history unfolds before your eyes at the Williamsville Depot. This historic railroad depot was constructed in 1896; An integral component of the Erie Canal that established our city as a major center for industrial commerce. Over a hundred years later, these classic vibes are still resonating today, which are awaiting you to cherish along this trail. A blast from the past!