ELLICOTT CREEK TRAILWAY:
AMHERST, NEW YORK
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Last Updated: August 1, 2016
Length: Ellicott Creek Trailway; 6.1 miles
Difficulty: Easy. Flat paved trail.
To Start from the Ellicott Creek Trailway parking lot; From I-290 take exit 5B to Millersport Highway heading north. Take the ramp on your right to Maple Rd and head right. Travel 1.4 miles and turn left on N Forest Rd. The parking lot is on your left.
To Start from Ellicott Creek Park/Canalway Trail; From I-290 take exit 3 to Route 62 north. Travel 1.4 miles and just after crossing over Ellicott Creek turn left into Ellicott Creek Park. Travel through the park where you'll find ample parking lots.
The Ellicott Creek Trailway follows Ellicott Creek from the Canalway Trail through Ellicott Creek Park, past the University at Buffalo and out to Auburn Town Park. For more information about other bike trails in Amherst click on Maps below .
Starting from the Canalway Trail; I've checked out this section. Cross Creekside Dr to the wide paved Ellicott Creek Trailway that travels alongside Park Rd through Ellicott Creek Park. Parking areas, picnic tables and pavilions, playgrounds, ball fields and restrooms. Cross-light over busy Niagara Falls Blvd at 0.9 miles. To your right is Ellicott Creek. Head left up Niagara Falls Blvd where the trail turns right heading east along an open corridor before coming alongside the canal section of Ellicott Creek (The creek splits with a wide canal like section that this trail follows). Travel underneath Sweet Home Rd at 2.1 miles followed by I-990 at 2.5 miles. The two branches of the creek merge here. I haven't checked out this section. Cross an iron bridge as the creek splits followed by a second bridge as the creek merges back again. This brings you to an intersection at 2.8 miles. Left takes you out to N Forest Rd. Head right around campus housing for the University at Buffalo where you'll lose the creek briefly. Another iron bridge takes you across Ellicott Creek at 3.3 miles where you'll follow the southern side of the creek. The trail comes alongside Frontier Rd as you enter more of the campus. Travel underneath the John James Audubon Pkwy and you come to Frontier Rd at 4 miles.
Note; Straight brings you to the main UNIVERSITY AT BUFFALO campus.
Head right for a short on-road section along Frontier Rd (wide shoulder) past Lake La Salle. You'll pick up the paved trail on your left at 4.2 miles which leads to a trail alongside St Rita's Ln. As you approach the creek cross over the road where the trail continues alongside Ellicott Creek. Travel underneath Millersport Highway and come to an intersection at 4.6 miles.
Note; Right takes you alongside Millersport Highway 0.9 miles to the Audubon Recreation Complex.
Continue straight alongside the river. Come to another intersection at 5.6 miles.
Note; Right takes you 0.6 miles to Millersport Highway where you may either head left to the Audubon Recreation Complex or right looping back to the Ellicott Creek Trailway.
Continue straight through the woods to a bridge over the creek, then out to N Forest Rd. Head right and you'll come to the end of trail after 6.1 miles at the Ellicott Creek Trailway parking lot.
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