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Western New York Outdoors
A Parks and Recreation Guide to locations for outdoor adventures in WNY.

The Eastside Overland Trail
Town of Arkwright, Chautauqua County.

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Actually named the Earl Cardot Eastside Overland Trail, it is a 19 mile long nature trail spanning 4 towns, reforestation areas and the Canadaway Creek Wildlife Management Area.  It is located between the towns of Arkwright and Gerry.  This is a popular wilderness to hike, mountain bike and observe scenic views and wildlife.  There are waterfalls, creeks, ponds, woodlands and well marked trails.

The trail begins in a few locations, see map below.   There is a state land trail that starts on Burnham Road.  Note: The Arkwright Falls are on private property, and there is No Trespassing, please respect the owners rights.  Sector A is the parking lot on Park Road and Rt. 72.  From here you will cross Rt. 79 and hike 1.2 miles to the lean-tos near a pond also accessible from Meadows Road. From there you travel south thru the woods and up Dibble Hill, there is a pond on each side of the road.  After this the trail will take you to another parking spot on Rt. 72 and where the trail goes on private property until you reach the Ruttenbur Road parking lot on top of a hill.  This is the Boutwell Hill State Forest area and where sector "I" begins on the map.    Continue south and you will pass between two ponds, near Housington Road and Arab Hill.

You eventually hit Boutwell Hill Road where there is another small pond amongst the pines.  Again you travel private property using the road shoulder until you reach Harris Hill and a final parking lot near Rt. 50.  West of Harris Hill along Old Chautauqua Road is the Hatch Creek area.  There are printed maps in Visitor Register boxes located along several of the trail locations.

Maps:  Click on a thumbnail pic below to enlarge the image.

Eastside Overland Trail Map

A detailed trail map and key.

Canadaway Creek Wildlife Management Area

Canadaway Creek WMA

Streets map of wildlife management area.

Earl Cardot

Eastside Overland Trail signage, off Burnham Road, leads to lean-to camping site near Canadaway Creek.

Burnham Road

From Shumla, mountain bikers prepare from the trail head for ride to the creek, leanto and Arkwright Falls.

Small Pond

One of two ponds accessible by hiking from a big rock enclosed parking area off Route 72.

Canadaway Creek WMA

Wildlife Management Area sign near Griswold on Route 72.


Aerial of the intersection of Rt. 72 and Rt. 79 and sectors B thru C. You can see a Dibble Hill pond at the very right.

Canadaway Forest

Aerial of the trail from the parking lot on Rt. 79, running east, between Center Road and Meadows Road.

Earl Cardot Sign

Eastside Overland Trail, Sector F, sign along the Route 72 parking access area by Park Road.

Park Road

Aerial of the trail head near Rt 72, Canadaway Creek runs parallel to Park Road and intersects several brooks.

Lean-To Camping Site

Trail marker of 1.4 miles, hiking north from Sector F to E to D.


Aerial of Meadows Road, near pond, and camping site on state land.

Dibble Hill

Road that leads to the two ponds area.


Yellow gate and parking area at the top of Dibble Hill Road on July 29th, 2008.

Boutwell Hill State Forest

Boutwell Hill

Streets map of sectors H thru O.

Boutwell Hill

State Forest sign and parking area on Ruttenbur Road.

Visitor Register

Box of maps and log for hikers on trail in Boutwell Hill State Forest.

Small Pond

Near parking area and trail off Arab Hill Forest Road.

Ruttenbur Road

Parking lot on top of Boutwell Hill and Eastside Overland Trail head.


Mountain bikers break with a little recreational frisbee throwing in Ruttenbur Road parking lot.

Boutwell Hill

Two ponds near trail off Housington Road.

Boutwell Hill Road

More ponds near end of trail along Mill Creek.

Harris Hill State Forest

Harris Hill

Streets map of Harris Hill, Hatch Creek and Clear Creek areas.

Harris Hill

Aerial of trail near Route 50 and Harris Hill Road intersection.

Hatch Creek State Forest

State Forests

Harris Hill, Hatch Creek and the Eastside Overland Trail with parking areas.

Hatch Creek

Aerial view of trail near Hodge Road.

Hatch Creek

Aerial of state forest road. Trail near intersection of Old Chautauqua Road and Herrick Road.

Other Related Sites:

Chautauqua County Chamber
Chautauqua County Parks and Recreation
Cherry Creek Inn
NYS DEC - Harris Hill and Boutwell Hill Management Units.

NYS Parks - Western Zone downloadable PDF.
Tour Chautauqua


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