SCAJAQUADA CREEK BIKE PATH:
BUFFALO, NEW YORK
-BIKE IT OR HIKE IT-
Last Updated: August 3, 2016
Length: Scajaquada Creek Bike Path; 4.6 miles
Hoyt Lake Loop; 1.3 miles
Difficulty: Easy. Flat paved trail.
To start from the Unity Island parking lot (Buffalo); From here you may also access the Canalway Trail; Rochester-Buffalo/Shoreline Trail.
From I-190 northbound take exit 12 to Niagara St and head right. Travel underneath the RR bridge and turn right next to a sign reading "Squaw Island Park". A ramp takes you up to the Unity Island Bridge and over to Unity Island. Follow the road straight and you'll come to the parking lot.
From I-190 southbound take exit 14 to Niagara St and head right. Travel 1 mile, passing underneath a RR bridge and turn right next to a sign reading "Squaw Island Park". A ramp takes you up to the Unity Island Bridge and over to Unity Island. Follow the road straight and you'll come to the parking lot.
The Scajaquada Creek Bike Path, also known as the Jesse Kriegel Bike Path, follows Scajaquada Creek from Black Rock Canal off the Canalway Trail; Rochester-Buffalo / Shoreline Trail to Delaware Park.
Starting from the Unity Island parking lot; Travel north along the Canalway Trail; Rochester-Buffalo/Shoreline Trail underneath the RR bridge, then right (east) following the RR tracks to a bridge across the Black Rock Canal. After crossing the bridge you'll come to an intersection after 0.4 miles.
Note; The Canalway Trail; Rochester-Buffalo/Shoreline Trail continues straight.
Head left along the start of the Scajaquada Creek Bike Path [Re-zeroing mileage]. The paved trail travels underneath the Unity Island Bridge and above I-190 before crossing a bridge over Scajaquada Creek and coming to an intersection at 0.3 miles.
Note; Right a paved trail leads underneath I-190 and alongside Black Rock Canal where it quickly ends. Not sure what future plans they have for this trail.
Head left underneath a RR bridge and exit ramp out to Niagara St passing by a green awning bench with an informational board. Cross-light over Niagara St where the trail travels underneath an exit ramp out to West Ave. Head left along a short on-road (low traffic) section and across the creek where you'll pick up the paved trail on your right after 0.7 miles. Here the isolated trail travels above Scajaquada Creek. Come to an intersection at 1.2 miles and continue straight underneath Grant St as left brings you up to the west side of Grant St. Come to the east side of Grant St and head right across the Scajaquada Expressway ramp where the trail continues on your right. I haven't checked out this section. The trail enters Delaware Park and travels alongside the creek. Keep straight at the intersection and you'll pass by McKinley High School. Again keep straight at an intersection where you travel underneath a highway ramp then underneath Elmwood Ave. One more highway ramp and you'll come to an intersection next to Hoyt Lake at 2 miles.
Note; Left brings you to the BUFFALO HISTORY MUSEUM .
Continue straight around the Lake, cross an on-ramp and you come to an intersection.
Note; Right leads to the Hoyt Lake Loop. Travel across the Scajaquada Expressway via a pedestrian bridge and you'll come to an intersection. Head right crossing over Hoyt Lake then around the Lake passing by the MARCY CASINO , not a real casino but an event venue. You'll travel between the Lake and Creek before heading back along the opposite side of the Lake returning to the pedestrian bridge after 1.2 miles and the main trail at 1.3 miles.
Continuing straight you'll pass by some tennis courts before coming to an access ramp at 2.6 miles. Cross over to a sidewalk and head right out to the Scajaquada Expressway, then left across a bridge. This will bring you to Meadow Dr at 2.8 miles. Head right and across Meadow Dr is access to a paved trail that encircles the Delaware Park Golf Course and sports fields. Head either direction and about half way around you'll pass by the BUFFALO ZOO . You'll complete the Loop after 4.6 miles.
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