Buffalo is a beautiful place to bike, especially in the summertime. Lucky for us, there is a surplus of trails in and around the city. If exploring by bike is on your summer bucket list, this is the guide you need in your life. Here are 10 of the best, in no particular order.
1. Cheektowaga Historic Rails to Trails
Railroad buffs, this one’s for you. This historic rail-with-trail is built next to an active rail line. Back in the day this was where workers hauled coal from Pennsylvania up to Buffalo and Lake Erie. Today, you can bike down a paved path while taking in the sights and sounds of the former Lehigh Valley Railroad.
2. Ellicott Creek Trailway
This multi-use pathway is a popular way for bikers and hikers to explore along Ellicott Creek. This route is very scenic and features several bridges along the way. Part of the trail takes you through the campus at UB. FYI- with all the elevation changes along this trail, you’ll likely get in your cardio for the day.
3. Erie Canalway Trail
Biking along the Erie Canal is the ultimate experience. The 279-mile trail stretches from Buffalo to Albany, linking many communities along the way. As you pedal down this path, you’ll get an up-close view of the canal. The Shoreline Trail is a popular route in Buffalo, offering beautiful views of the Niagara River and Lake Erie. The Genesee Valley Park, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, is a popular pick in Rochester. Take a short ride or make it a day trip, the possibilities are endless.
4. Niagara Gorge Rim Trail
Niagara Falls, NY
The Niagara Gorge is an incredible natural wonder, and one that’s definitely worth exploring by bike. This scenic route crosses the Niagara River on a bridge over Goat Island to offer an up close view of Niagara Falls. Plus, this path provides access to Devil’s Hole State Park, Whirlpool State Park, and Niagara Falls State Park.
5. Kiwanis Park Trail
Begin your ride in the adorable village of Lewiston, and continue on to explore the beauty of the Niagara River. The trail starts off Mohawk Street just North of Center Street. You can follow the scenic parkway all the way to Old Fort Niagara in Youngstown. There’s no elevation change on this trail, which makes for a smooth, easy ride.
6. Lancaster Heritage Trail
Enjoy long stretches of wooden countryside and plenty of shade while riding here. This rail-trail was developed on a portion of a former railroad built back in 1882. Today, you’ll see benches and resting spots along the way as well as views of farm fields and ponds. Be sure to keep an eye out for wildlife, including deer, chipmunks, and birds, during this relaxing and scenic ride.
7. Leigh Memory Trail
This short paved trail begins in the heart of the village of Williamsville. As you’re taking a ride down memory lane, you’ll see the historic Williamsville Depot, the last station completed by the original Lehigh Valley Railway. The land was converted into a trail while still preserving the rail’s long history and original beauty.
8. Niagara Scenic Parkway Trail
Niagara Falls, NY
This 4-mile trail begins off of Main Street in Niagara Falls and heads north winding along the Niagara River through a number of state parks. You’ll see historical buildings along the way and scenic overlooks as you get closer to Devil’s Hole State Park.
9. Shoreline Trail
This trail starts and ends along the shoreline of Lake Erie. The flat, easy paved pathway extends for more than 20 miles. There’s parking lots located near the trail, so you can bike the whole way or explore in sections. Plus, there’s trailside parks and picnic areas perfect for taking breaks.
10. Outer Harbor
One of the Outer Harbor’s more recent transformations is a bike-friendly one. The new Lakeside Complex is a cyclist’s dream come true. The bike park has tracks for a range of skill levels as well as a pump track, skills loop, and tot track. Plus, there’s multi-use trails connecting the existing trails with Fuhrmann Boulevard for a complete shoreline loop.
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This post was originally published in July 2019 and has been updated.