Biking is *the* prime outdoor activity for some leisure exercise and here in WNY, we are pretty lucky when it comes to bike trails. From rides with a waterfront view to self guided bike tours we’ve got it all.
If you are looking to explore some trails off the beaten path, then you’ve come to the right place. While these paths tend to be lesser known, they extend through many neighborhoods in our region allowing for easy access. Hop on and off these trails to grab a quick bite nearby, take in some scenery, or spend a day in the park. Interested? We’ve got some hidden trails you may have never heard of but are totally worth checking out!
1. Pop Warner Trail (Erie Cattaraugus Rail Trail)
Springville, New York
Distance: 1.8 miles
This brand new trail is the beginning of a trail project that is expected to span 27 miles from Orchard Park to the Town of Ashford. Its path extends along an abandoned Buffalo to Pittsburgh railroad line. The best way to access the trail is across from the historic train depot at 227 West Main Street, Springville, NY 14141.
2. Kenmore -Tonawanda Rails to Trails
Tonawanda, NY – Kenmore, NY
Distance: 4.7 miles
Following along the abandoned Erie-Lackawanna railroad line, this path starts near State St. in Tonawanda and extends down to Kenmore Ave. Continue along this trail to pick up the North Buffalo Rails to Trails.
3. North Buffalo Rails to Trails
North Buffalo, NY
Distance: 0.65 miles
This short path is a small extension to the Kenmore-Tonawanda Rails to Trails to its north. The trail allows for close access to Shoshone Park and at its end, brings riders to the LaSalle Metro Station on Main St in Buffalo.
4. Ellicott Creek Trailway
Distance: 6.9 miles
Running along Ellicott Creek, this path begins in Ellicott Creek Park then follows into UB North Campus. From here, the path can be taken towards Millersport Hwy or North Forest Rd.
5. Clarence Pathways
Clarence, NY – Akron, NY
Distance: 17.9 miles
Based on two former railroads, this extensive trail is actually made up of 5 smaller bike trails which connect the neighborhoods and towns in this area. Some places you’ll pass along the way include: Main Street Town Park, Perry’s Ice Cream, and Memorial park. As far as scenery goes, riders will pass through forrest areas as well as farmlands. Depending on which way you take the path, you can start from Transit Rd in East Amherst or Wehrle Dr in Clarence and take the path to Cedar St in Akron.
6. Two Mile Creek Greenway Trail
Distance: 1.3 miles
As the name implies, this trail runs along Two Mile Creek from East Park Dr to the Niagara River where it meets the Erie Canalway Trail. Along the way, riders will pass through Veteran’s Memorial Park.
7. Lancaster Heritage Trail
Distance: 4 miles
The Lancaster Heritage Trail offers riders a scenic ride with countryside views including farmland, ponds, and wildlife. To being your ride on this trail, head to Walter Winter Dr in the town of Lancaster, from here the trail travels to Town Line Rd in Dellwood.
8. Cheektowaga Historic Rails to Trails
Distance: 2.3 miles
While the trail itself is built upon the former Lehigh Valley railroad, riders can also pass by a currently active train line. Nearby, riders can hop off the trail to check out Raymond Park which has a few amenities for guests to use. Access to the trail can be found at Ludwig Ave, St. Felix Ave, and Stradtman St.
9. Wilkeson Pointe/Bell Slip/Lakeside Bike Park
Distance: 3 miles
Beginning at Wilkeson Pointe in Buffalo’s Outer Harbor, this path runs through the Bell Slip and the Lakeside Bike Park. This path provides some great views of the waterfront and nature of the region.
This post was originally published in August 2020 and has been updated.