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

Rail Trails
Multi-use Trails in the Town of Chautauqua, Chautauqua County.


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Description:

The Chautauqua Rails-to-Trails is an 18 mile long network of several trails.  There are five popular trails used for outdoor recreational activities such as hiking, biking, cross country skiing and horseback riding.  The former rail corridors offer current visitors an opportunity to enjoy a pleasant countryside journey.  This scenic public access also offers views of wildlife, forests and plants.

The Ralph C. Sheldon Trail is six miles long and runs from Titus Road north to Summerdale Road.  You will travel thru wetlands that are a great waterfowl habitat.

The Nancy B. Diggs Trail is only a mile long and runs near Route 430, from Hannum Road to Bentley Road, south of Mayville.  This is near the Chautauqua Gorge area.

The Paul and Nadine Webb Trail is two miles long and runs from Route 430 to Route 494, south of Mayville.  The old rail grade then follows along Chautauqua Lake.

The Laurie Baer Trail is only a mile long and runs from Plank Road to Bliss Road.  A section of this trail is on Niagara Mohawk land.

The Alison Wells Ney Nature Trail is five miles long and runs from Prospect Station Road to Thayer Road.  You will pass thru the towns of Sherman and Portland.

Maps:

Chautauqua Rail Trails map

Images:  Click on a thumbnail pic to enlarge the image.

Wetland

The rail trail north of Titus road before Route 430.

Summerdale

The Ghost Town area and trail crossing Summerdale Road, before the Hannum Road parking area.

Niagara Mohawk

Trail crosses Bliss Road and parallels Chautauqua Creek.

Lake Erie Overlook

Trail east of Prospect Station Road, north of Finley Road, to Thayer Road.

Other Related Sites:

Chautauqua Rails to Trails - Managing organization and trail map.
Chamber of Commerce
Parks and Trails NY
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy

Tour Chautauqua - Visitors Bureau.
Webb's World Resort


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