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Where to Find Mountain Coasters and Rail Bikes in WNY & Beyond

Adventure, Family Friendly, Getaway, Things to Do

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Written by Kayla Milligan

Published on July 22, 2021
Photo courtesy of Adirondack Scenic Rail Bike Adventures

Interested in unique, hair-raising rides that also give you breathtaking views of mountains, forests, and parks? Mountain coasters and rail bikes might be exactly what you need in your life! These coasters have recently become more and more popular in the US more more and more popping up on the East Coast all the time.

If you’re a thrill seeker looking for something to do outside of the usual theme park, we’ve gathered a list of these amazing rides just drive away – some near, some far – that you have GOT to check out! And if you’re thinking this is a kids-only activity, think again – it’s truly an all-ages experience!

Western New York


Photo by Sky High Adventure Park

1. Sky Flyer Mountain Coaster at Sky High Adventure Park

6773 Holiday Valley Rd, Ellicottville, NY 14731/ holidayvalley.com/skyhigh

Season: May-October

Distance from Buffalo: 1 hour

The mountain coaster closest to Buffalo is Sky Flyer Mountain Coaster at Holiday Valley’s Sky High Adventure Park. The ride is 4,805 ft long, going uphill then downhill experiencing a variety of twists, turns, jumps and spirals that will surely have you excited to go on a second and third time!

Video by Holiday Valley

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Beyond WNY


2. Mountain Coaster at Greek Peak Mountain Resort

2000 NY-392, Cortland, NY 13045/ greekpeak.net

Season: Year-Round

Distance from Buffalo: 3 hours

This beautiful year-round mountain coaster on Greek Peak Mountain reaches top speeds of 30mph!

Photo courtesy of Adirondack Scenic Rail Bike Adventures

3. Adirondack Scenic Rail Bike Adventures

2568 NY-28, Thendara, NY 13472 / adirondackscenicrailbikes.com

Season: May-October

Distance from Buffalo: 3.5 hours

Take an incredible rail bike ride as you pedal leisurely through the scenic areas of the Adirondack mountains! The rail bike can hold up to 4 people and takes around 2 hours to get through the 6 mile route.

Photo courtesy of Jiminy Peak

4. Mountain Coaster at Jiminy Peak Mountain Adventure Park 

37 Corey Rd, Hancock, MA 01237 / https://www.jiminypeak.com

Season: Year-Round

Distance from Buffalo: 5 hours

Jimmy Peak’s mountain coaster was the first of its kind on the East Coast! You control the speed so it’s up to you if you want to reach thrilling speeds up to 23mph or take a leisurely stroll through the winding woods and beautiful views of the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts. 

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Photo courtesy of Wisp Resort

5. Mountain Coaster at Wisp Resort

296 Marsh Hill Rd, McHenry, MD 21541 / wispresort.com

Season: Year-Round

Distance from Buffalo: 5 hours

At the beginning of this ride, a pulley will take you uphill so you can see the breathtaking Deep Creek Lake and Garrett County from above. The mountain coaster will then go through many fun wisps and turns and even reach downhill speeds up to 28mph!

Photo courtesy of Camelback Resort

6. Mountain Coaster at Camelback Resort

243 Resort Dr, Tannersville, PA 18372 / camelbackresort.com

Season: Year-Round

Distance from Buffalo: 5 hours

Camelback Resort’s steel-track mountain coaster is the only mountain coaster in Pennsylvania. Guests can reach up to 25mph, zooming through trees and down steep slopes in the Poconos.

Photo courtesy of Lake Placid Olympic Sites

7. Cliffside Coaster at Lake Placid Olympic Sites

2634 Main St, Lake Placid, NY 12946 / lakeplacidolympicsites.com

Season: June 25 – September 6

Distance from Buffalo: 6 hours

This mountain coaster is the longest in North America and is placed alongside the bobsledding track previously used for the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympic games! At a length of 1.4 miles long, this coaster is a fun-filled ride with surreal views of Mt. Van Hoevenberg!

Video by Whiteface Lake Placid

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Photo courtesy of Berkshire East Mountain Resort

8. Thunderbolt Mountain Coaster at Berkshire East Mountain Resort

66D Thunder Mountain Rd, Charlemont, MA 01339 / berkshireeast.com

Season: June-October

Distance from Buffalo: 6 hours

Thunderbolt Mountain Coaster starts by taking you 1,580 feet uphill through beautiful forest, then down 3,870 feet of rolling drops, 360° turns, and banked corners!

Video by Berkshire East Mountain Resort
Written by <a href="https://stepoutbuffalo.com/author/kaylamilligan/" target="_self">Kayla Milligan</a>

Written by Kayla Milligan

Kayla recently graduated with a 4.0 from UB as a Communication major and Chinese minor. She lived in China for half a year, skydived, white water rafted, drove an ice cream truck, and is always up for a new adventure!
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