SHORELINE TRAIL:

IRVING-BUFFALO-YOUNGSTOWN, NEW YORK

-BIKE IT OR HIKE IT-

Last Updated:       Oct 6, 2021

Length:                 Shoreline Trail: Beaches Section; 2.8 miles complete. 

                               Shoreline Trail: Sunset View Section; 3 of 4 miles paved.

                               Shoreline Trail: Industrial Heritage Section-West Side; 8.8 miles. 

                               Shoreline Trail: Industrial Heritage Section-East Side; 3.7 miles.

                               Shoreline Trail; Riverwalk Section: 10.5 miles paved with some BIKE LANES.

                               Shoreline Trail; Niagara River Greenway Section [Greenway Upper River]: 9.2 miles paved. 3.9 miles on-road.

                               Shoreline Trail; Niagara Scenic Parkway Trail-Niagara Falls Section [Greenway Lower River]: 3.6 miles paved

                               Shoreline Trail; Niagara Scenic Parkway Trail-Lewiston to Youngstown Section [Greenway Lower River]: 6.6 miles paved. 2.8 miles on-road.

                               Shoreline Trail: Grand Island; [Includes I-190 Bridge Trails, West River Shoreline Trail & South Parkway Trail]: 13.3 miles paved. 1 mile BIKE LANE.

                                                        I-190 South Bridge Shoreline Trail; 1 mile paved.

                                                        South Parkway Trail; 4.5 miles paved.

                                                        West River Shoreline Trail; 8 miles paved.

                                                        I-190 North Bridge Shoreline Trail; 1.4 miles paved

                              Union Ship Canal Loop [Industrial Heritage Section]; 1 mile Loop, paved.

                              Buffalo Harbor State Park Loop [Industrial Heritage Section]; 0.5 miles paved.

                              Industrial Heritage Trail Loop [Industrial Heritage Section]; 0.4 miles paved.

                              Wellness Trail Loop [Industrial Heritage Section]; 1.7 miles paved.

                              Wilkeson Pointe Loop [Industrial Heritage Section]; 0.5 miles paved.

                              Griffon Park Loop Trail [Niagara River Greenway Section]; 0.5 miles paved.

                              Niagara Falls Downtown Trail [Niagara River Greenway Section]; 1.3 miles paved.

                              Goat Island Loop [Niagara River Greenway Section]; 2.5 miles paved.

                              Great Gorge Railway Trail [Niagara Scenic Parkway Section]; 1.2 mile crushed stone.

                              Buckhorn Island SP Trail [Grand Island Section]; 2 miles crushed gravel?

Difficulty:            Easy. Flat paved trails. 

Directions:     

To Start from the Bennett Beach parking lot in Angola [Beaches Section]; From I-90 take exit 57A to Eden Evans Center Rd and head west for 3.6 miles. Continue straight on Beach Rd to the end then head right on Lakeshore Rd. Travel 0.7 miles to Bennett Rd. Parking lot is on your left. 

To Start from the Hamburg Skate Park parking lot in Woodlawn [Sunset View Section]; From Buffalo take Route 5 south to Bayview Rd and turn right. Parking lot is on your left.

To Start from the Union Ship Canal parking lot in South Buffalo [Industrial Heritage Section]; From Buffalo take Route 5 south to the Tifft St/Fuhrmann Blvd exit and turn right on Tifft St then left on Fuhrmann Blvd. Follow underneath Route 5 and the parking lot is on your right.

To start from the Niawanda Park/Two Mile Creek Greenway parking lot in Tonawanda [Riverwalk Section]; From I-190 take exit 17 to River Rd and head right. Travel 1.2 miles and turn left just after crossing 2 Mile Creek and where the trail crosses the road.

To Start from the Niagara Gorge Discovery Center  parking lot in Niagara Falls [Niagara River Greenway Section]; From I-190 take exit 23 to Packard Rd west 1.4 miles. Head right on Route 62 (Walnut Ave) to Main St and turn left. Turn right onto Robert Moses Pkwy and the parking lot will be on your left.  

To Start from the Kiwanis Park parking lot in Lewiston [Niagara River Greenway Section]; From I-190 take exit 25B to Route 104 (Lewiston Rd). Exit to Route 104 (Center St) west. Take your first right on n 9th St to Mohawk St and turn right. Take a quick left on Garden St, stay straight on Oxbow St and the parking lot is on your right.

The Shoreline Trail is a planned continuous multi-use pathway along Lake Erie and the Niagara River, within both Erie and Niagara Counties. The Beaches Section is the least developed. 

Unfortunately there is no single web page that accurately describes this trail. The best map I could find is from the web site the placename.com (See maps below). 

The Shoreline Trail is divided into sections: The southern section is referred to as the Shoreline Trail; Beaches Section. Heading north, next comes the Shoreline Trail; Sunset View Section, Shoreline Trail; Industrial Heritage Section and the Shoreline Trail; Riverwalk Section in Buffalo that is part of the Canalway Trail (Buffalo to Tonawanda). North of Tonawanda, the trail is referred to as the Shoreline Trail; Niagara River Greenway

The Maps along the trail use a different system of dividing the trails into sections; From the south heading north: The Shoreline Trail; Beaches, Shoreline Trail; Sunset View, Shoreline Trail; Greenway Headwaters, Shoreline Trail; Greenway Upper River and Shoreline Trail; Greenway Lower River.

 

For more information visit; SHORELINE TRAIL , NIAGARA RIVER GREENWAY , ROBERT MOSES RECREATIONAL TRAIL , ERIE CANALWAY and GO BIKE BUFFALO .

The Shoreline Trail; Riverwalk & part of the Industrial Heritage Trail are also part of the Empire State Trail , which will be a continuous 750-mile route spanning the state from New York City to Canada and Buffalo to Albany, creating the longest multi-use state trail in the nation.

SHORELINE TRAIL; BEACHES SECTION (South):

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I haven't checked out this section

Starting from Evangola SP in Irving; The paved Shoreline Trail; Beaches Section begins at the intersection of Lakeshore Rd and the access road to Farnham Point. The trail travels north 0.5 miles alongside Lakeshore Rd to the entrance for EVANGOLA STATE PARK .

Note; Heading left will bring you to the park after 0.5 miles where you'll find a beach, restrooms, playground...

Currently a gap exists north as of August 2016. Future construction of Phases 4 & 5 would extend the trail from Evangola SP to Evans Town Park.

Continuing north on-road along Lakeshore Rd (narrow shoulder) you'll come to Evans Town Park at 3.6 miles in Evans

The next section is planned for construction in 2016 as Phase 2 and will travel from Evans Town Park north to Bennett Beach.

Continuing north on-road along Lakeshore Rd you come to the intersection with Lake St. Head left along Lakeshore Rd (no shoulder). You'll come to Bennett Rd and the entrance to Bennett Beach parking lot on your left at 5 miles. Here you'll pick up the wide paved Shoreline Trail; Beaches Section that travels alongside Shoreline Rd. Come to Shell Rd (at the curve) at 6.1 miles where the trail should enter the woods bringing you to Wendt Beach County Park. From there a wide paved trail leads east out to Lakeshore Rd at about 6.9 miles. Here the trail follows alongside Lakeshore Rd (similar to a Bike Lane but twice as wide). Come to Sturgeon Point Rd where the trail currently ends in June 2021. at about 7.3 miles. Map Board.

Continuing north on-road along Lakeshore Rd you come to the intersection with Dennis Rd and head left along Lakeshore Rd (no shoulder). Pass by the access road to Wendt Beach County Park at 6.8 miles. Continue north and you'll pass by the Eighteen Mile Creek parking lot at 11.5 miles before crossing over Eighteen Mile Creek in Derby.

Currently a gap exists north to Woodlawn as of Sept 2021. I haven't seen any plans for this section of the trail.

 

SHORELINE TRAIL; SUNSET VIEW SECTION (Central):

Starting from Hamburg Skate Park in Woodlawn; I haven't checked out this section. Exit the parking lot to Bayview Rd and head left along the paved Shoreline Trail; Sunset View Section. Follow to Hoover Rd and head right. Come to Lake Erie Blvd where the trail continues left along Hoover Rd utilizing  BIKE LANE. The paved trail resumes as you travel north alongside Route 5 at 0.4 miles. Come to a traffic circle and the entrance to Woodlawn SP at 0.8 miles. Pass by a pedestrian bridge over Route 5 before coming to 7th St at 1.5 miles where the trail currently ends. 

Currently, as of July 2021, a 1 mile gap exists north to Dona St.

Continuing north on-road along Route 5 a wide shoulder is available until you approach the Lackawanna town line and the industrial corridor at 1.6 miles. Here it's all on-road and narrow. This is the old Bethlehem Steel property which is undergoing redevelopment. You pick up a shoulder after Adams St at 2.3 miles before crossing Smoke Creek. RR tracks to your left. Pass by Dona Street on your right at 2.5 miles where you'll pick up the Shoreline Trail; Sunset View Section again. I haven't checked out this section. This paved section parallels Route 5 north. Cross Ridge Rd at 3.4 miles.

 Note; A Separated BIKE LANE follows Ridge Rd east. After 1 mile you pass by the entrance for South Park and a parking lot and at 1.2 miles the trail ends at Electric Ave as of 2020. It is supposed to continue to South Park Ave at 1.4 miles. Left up South Park Ave will bring you to the BUFFALO BOTANICAL GARDENS in South Park.

Continuing alongside Fuhrmann Blvd you come to the South Side of the Union Ship Canal at 4 miles.

 

SHORELINE TRAIL; GREENWAY HEADWATERS:

SHORELINE TRAIL; INDUSTRIAL HERITAGE SECTION (Central):

WEST SIDE (Follows along west side of Route 5 & Buffalo River):

Starting from the South Side of the Union Ship Canal in South Buffalo [Continuing Mileage]; I've checked out this section

Note; Right takes you along a boardwalk on the Union Ship Canal Loop. Travel underneath Route 5 to an intersection. The Inner Loop follows a brick lined trail alongside the canal. The Outer Loop is a paved trail that travels further out around the canal and the route I took. Pass by parking lots and a pedestrian bridge that crosses over the canal. Continue straight where the trail loops around the head of the canal past an old industrial foundry ladle. Right leads to the Ship Canal Pkwy parking lot. You now travel back along the opposite side of the canal passing by the Union Ship Canal parking lot next to Laborers Way. Keep left to a boardwalk that takes you back underneath Route 5 returning you to the North Side of the Union Ship Canal after a 1 mile Loop. 

The Shoreline Trail; Industrial Heritage Section-West Side crosses an iron pedestrian bridge over the canal. Lots of informational signs located along this section of trail. 

Note; The Union Ship Canal Loop comes in from the right after its Loop. 

Cross Fuhrmann Blvd where the paved trail travels north between Fuhrmann Blvd and below Route 5. Pass by a pedestrian tunnel underneath Route 5 that leads to Laborers Way. Cross Tifft St at 4.4 miles and you'll come to the Tifft Street Pier

Note; Right a paved trail takes you underneath Route 5 [South Buffalo] to the Tifft Street Bike Path. A paved path that travels east alongside Tifft St to the George Harman Sports Fields. A narrow BIKE LANE then continues over multiple RR tracks out to Hopkins St at 1.3 miles.

Note; Right underneath Route 5 [South Buffalo] also brings you to the start of the paved Shoreline Trail; Industrial Heritage Section-East Side that travels north along the east side of Route 5 to downtown Buffalo & Canalside. See Below.

Either continue straight along the paved Shoreline Trail; Industrial Heritage Section-West Side or left along the boardwalk past the pier as both routes rejoin ahead. You continue alongside Fuhrmann Blvd passing by the Gallagher Beach parking lot where the paved trail continues and a boardwalk now travels above the beach. Pass by Gallagher Pier (pavilions) and a boat launch where both trails converge as you come to Buffalo Harbor State Park at 4.9 miles. This is the start of the Erie Canalway Trail; Rochester-Buffalo and Empire State Trail. This is also the site of the Buffalo Gateway

Note; Left takes you along the paved Buffalo Harbor State Park Loop Trail. The trail travels along the Outer Harbor and around the park which contains picnic pavilions, playgrounds and restrooms. After 0.5 miles you'll return to the Shoreline Trail; Industrial Heritage Section-West Side.

Continuing straight you cross the Park's entrance road.

Note; Right a paved trail takes you underneath Route 5 [Tifft Nature Preserve] to the TIFFT NATURE PRESERVE , as well as, the paved Shoreline Trail; Industrial Heritage Section-East Side that travels along the east side of Route 5.

Continuing straight you come to an intersection.

Note; Left leads to the Buffalo Harbor State Park Loop Trail and a paved trail that travels through the Safe Harbor Marina.

Continue straight alongside Fuhrmann Blvd and past the Safe Harbor Marina. Come to a Map Board and Ohio St at 5.5 miles.

Note; Right a paved trail takes you underneath Route 5 [Old First Ward] to the Shoreline Trail; Industrial Heritage Section-East Side. [To reach Canalside in downtown Buffalo you'll need to follow this route, otherwise you'll have to take the Bike Ferry at the end of the Shoreline Trail; Industrial Heritage Section-West Side. Be sure to check its hours of operation]

Continuing straight alongside Fuhrmann Blvd on the Shoreline Trail; Industrial Heritage Section-West Side you'll intersect with the paved trail that traveled through the Safe Harbor Marina.  The paved trail turns to pavers at 5.8 miles.

Note; Right the paved Industrial Heritage Trail Loop takes you underneath Route 5, then left (north) between Route 5 on your left and some RR tracks and the Buffalo River Ship Canal on your right before traveling back underneath Route 5 [City Ship Canal] and returning to the Shoreline Trail; Industrial Heritage Section-West Side after 0.4 miles.  

Continuing straight alongside Fuhrmann Blvd you come to a paved trail on your left next to the REDDY BIKE SHARE . This trail leads into the LAKESIDE BIKE PARK . The park offers 3 mountain bike tracks for riders of all skill levels and ages, as well as a pump track, skills loop and tot track for little ones! Bring your own bike or rent one of ours. I haven't checked out this park yet.

Note; From here you can access the Wellness Trail, formally known as the Greenway Nature Trail. Heading left into Lakeside Bike Park you travel through a tunnel to the Great Lawn, keeping left. At the next intersection you continue left then straight coming to the Wellness Trail next to Outer Harbor Middle Channel after 0.3 miles. Head right along the water, traveling around the Bell Slip back to the Channel. You now pass by open fields before coming to an inlet where the trail turns right back to the Shoreline Trail; Industrial Heritage Section-West Side next to Fuhrmann Blvd after 1.7 miles.

Continuing straight alongside Fuhrmann Blvd you pass a sculpture for the Industrial Heritage Trail before passing by the road entrance for the Lakeside Bike Park

Note; To your right is where the Industrial Heritage Trail Loop returns from underneath Route 5 [City Ship Canal].

Continuing north you cross Outer Harbor Dr past another tunnel underneath Route 5 [City Ship Canal] before pass an inlet.

Note; This is where the Wellness Trail rejoins the trail on your left.

just ahead at 7 miles you come to a paved trail on your right that leads underneath the elevated Route 5. This is just before S Michigan Ave.

Note; Right a paved trail leads underneath the elevated Route 5. I haven't checked out this section. Right the trail travels just a short distance before ending. Left the trail travels along the east side of Route 5 past RCR Yachts and the Buffalo Ship Canal before turning left back to the Shoreline Trail; West Side just before S Michigan Ave. This trail travels 0.4 miles total along the east side of Route 5.

Continuing north alongside Fuhrmann Blvd you pass by Wilkeson Pointe.

Note; Left a paved trail takes you along the Wilkeson Pointe Loop. Pass by some restrooms, a water fountain and a parking lot before the trail splits. Following the outer trail you travel past playgrounds and sculptures before coming to the point overlooking the Outer Harbor. The trail then loops back past the playgrounds, turns left past a beach and finally right back out to the Shoreline Trail; Industrial Heritage Section-West Side for a 0.5 mile Loop.

You then pass by where the Wilkeson Pointe Loop rejoins the Shoreline Trail; Industrial Heritage Section-West Side. Here you'll also find the entrance to the Times Beach Nature Preserve which contains stone-dust walking paths. The trail briefly utilizes a boardwalk past a marsh before ending in front of the entrance for the US Coast Guard at 8.8 miles. Here you'll find a walking trail that leads out to the Buffalo Lighthouse. Heading right brings you to the QUEEN CITY BIKE FERRY

To continue along the Shoreline Trail; Riverwalk Section in Buffalo at Canalside you'll need to take the Bike Ferry across the Buffalo River directly over to Canalside in downtown Buffalo. Be sure to check hours of operation. It only costs $1. The boat docks in the Commercial Slip right next to the Buffalo & Erie County Navel & Military Park.

 

SHORELINE TRAIL; GREENWAY HEADWATERS:

SHORELINE TRAIL; INDUSTRIAL HERITAGE SECTION (Central):

EAST SIDE (Follows along east side of Route 5 & Buffalo River):

Starting from the South Side of the Union Ship Canal in South Buffalo [Re-zeroing Mileage]; I've checked out this section

Note; Right takes you along a boardwalk on the Union Ship Canal Loop. Travel underneath Route 5 to an intersection. The Inner Loop follows a brick lined trail alongside the canal. The Outer Loop is a paved trail that travels further out around the canal and the route I took. Pass by parking lots and a pedestrian bridge that crosses over the canal. Continue straight where the trail loops around the head of the canal past an old industrial foundry ladle. Right leads to the Ship Canal Pkwy parking lot. You now travel back along the opposite side of the canal passing by the Union Ship Canal parking lot next to Laborers Way. Keep left to a boardwalk that takes you back underneath Route 5 returning you to the North Side of the Union Ship Canal after a 1 mile Loop. 

The Shoreline Trail; Industrial Heritage Section-West Side crosses an iron pedestrian bridge over the canal. Lots of informational signs located along this section of trail. Head right underneath Route 5 along Laborers Way, then continue left, past the Union Ship Canal parking lot, heading north just below Route 5. This is the Shoreline Trail; Industrial Heritage Section-East Side. Soon the trail heads left back underneath Route 5 to the Shoreline Trail; Industrial Heritage Section-West Side, where you continue right traveling north between Fuhrmann Blvd and below Route 5. Cross Tifft St and head right back underneath Route 5 [South Buffalo] returning to the  Shoreline Trail; Industrial Heritage Section-East Side after 0.7 miles. Continue north passing by the TIFFT NATURE PRESERVE . Come to Ohio St at 1.7 miles. 

Note; Left underneath Route 5 leads back to the Shoreline Trail; Industrial Heritage Section-West Side

The paved Shoreline Trail; Industrial Heritage Section-East Side/Erie Canalway Trail continues right alongside Ohio St. Cross over a Rail Yard and travel through an industrial corridor to a bridge over the Buffalo River at 2.3 miles. Pass by Conway Park on your right, followed by Riverfest Park on your left. Cross Michigan Ave at 3.1 miles. Here the trail heads straight around the red Edward M Cotter Fire boat before coming alongside alongside the Buffalo River. After 3.5 miles you come below the elevated Buffalo Skyway. Map Board.

Note; Right is the start of the Shoreline Trail; Riverwalk Section. ***See Below.

Continuing straight takes you along a boardwalk past the Great Lawn to Canalside and the Commercial Slip at Inner Harbor in Buffalo after 3.7 miles. Head right to a Bowstring Truss Bridge. This area is the 1825 terminus of the original Erie Canal. The excavation site of the original Steamship Hotel building foundations are just past several interpretive exhibits showcasing the historical significance of the Erie Canal. From here you can access the QUEEN CITY BIKE FERRY back over the Buffalo River to the Shoreline Trail; Industrial Heritage Section-West Side.

The Commercial Slip was a remnant of Little Buffalo Creek, which flowed into the Buffalo River just before the larger stream entered Lake Erie. The Commercial Slip formed one boundary of Buffalo's infamous Canal District, and was filled in when the district was marked for urban renewal in the 1950s. The Erie Canal Redevelopment project unearthed building foundations from the Canal-era neighborhood and restored the Commercial Slip

 

SHORELINE TRAIL; GREENWAY HEADWATERS & GREENWAY UPPER RIVER:

SHORELINE TRAIL; RIVERWALK SECTION (Central):

***Starting from the Shoreline Trail; Industrial Heritage Section-East Side/Buffalo Skyway intersection in Buffalo [Continuing Mileage from Shoreline Trail; Industrial Heritage Section-East Side]; I've checked out this section. The paved Shoreline Trail; Riverwalk Section/Erie Canalway Trail, also called the Shoreline Trail; Greenway Headwaters Section bears right away from the Buffalo River traveling next to some Light Rail tracks and Main St bringing you to Marine Dr. 

Note; Straight leads to the NFTA ERIE CANAL HARBOR STATION .

Turn left following a BIKE LANE on Marine Dr.

Note; CANALSIDE is located to both your right and left. To your right the Canal has a freezing system that was built to replicate historic canals. The canals have water in the spring and summer and ice in the winter for skating and ice biking. Paths, bridges and walkways encircle this canal. The CHILDREN'S MUSEUM is located here. To your left, next to the Commercial Slip, is the excavation site of the original Steamship Hotel building foundations, which are presented alongside several interpretive exhibits showcasing the historical significance of the Erie Canal. Just past these exhibits you'll come to a Bowstring Truss Bridge over the Commercial Slip at Inner Harbor. This area is the 1825 terminus of the original Erie Canal.  

Travel underneath the Buffalo Skyway and across the Commercial Slip before coming to Commercial St on your right.

Note; Left along the Commercial Slip brings you to the BUFFALO & ERIE COUNTY NAVEL & MILITARY PARK which features the USS Little Rock & USS The Sulllivans, a submarine, along with various aircraft. A paved path then travels north through Veterans Park and alongside the Buffalo River bringing you to the Erie Basin Marina Observation Deck after 1 mile. 

Head right up Commercial St along another BIKE LANE that takes you underneath the Buffalo Skyway to Perry Blvd and turn left.

Note; The BIKE LANE continues north along Pearl St to downtown Buffalo.

A BIKE LANE travels north along Perry Blvd to Erie St where you pick up the paved trail on your left. Follow it to a crosswalk where the paved Shoreline Trail; Riverwalk Section/Erie Canalway Trail now travels north alongside Lakefront Blvd at 0.6 miles. The trail travels alongside some RR tracks just below I-190 before crossing Lakefront Blvd again at 1.3 miles. Cross a field and you'll come alongside the Black Rock Canal and Niagara River. To your left is the entrance to the Black Rock Canal. Here the trail travels through La Salle Park next to the River. You follow alongside Amvets Dr passing picnic shelters, sports fields, a Dog Park and a playground, along with parking. Come to Porter Ave at 2.3 miles where the trail turns inland along the road. Pass by the Buffalo Yacht Club and turn left passing by Frank Lloyd Wright's Fontana Boathouse and the West Side Rowing Club before returning alongside the Black Rock Canal and Niagara River. Soon a ramp brings you up to a a pedestrian bridge where you'll find an overlook of the Black Rock Canal and Niagara River. You then cross over I-190 and some RR tracks before heading left underneath the Peace Bridge and alongside Busti Ave where you'll pick up a Separated BIKE LANE a 3.3 miles. This Separated BIKE LANE travels north along Niagara St to Robert Rich Way on your left at 3.8 miles.

Note; The Erie Canalway Trail continues straight utilizing the Niagara St Separated BIKE LANE.

I haven't checked out this section. Head left along Robert Rich Way, underneath I-190 and across the Black Rock Canal to Unity Island and Broderick ParkThe Black Rock Ferry was located here and traversed the river to Fort Erie from 1825 until the 20th Century. The dock was used as part of the Underground Railroad.

Note; Head left to check out the park and Bird Island Pier, which forms the stone break for the Black Rock Canal. The pier is a 4' walkway atop the stone break that travels 1.2 miles traveling underneath the Peace Bridge.

Continuing north alongside the Niagara River and past the sewage treatment plant you pass by the Unity Island parking lot and travel underneath the International RR Bridge which crosses the river to Canada at 5 miles. This brings you to an intersection. 

Note; There are some paved trails straight ahead that will bring you to the northern tip of the island where you can check out Black Rock Lock. A stone pier leads to the canal's end where it enters the Niagara River. About 0.6 miles one-way to the end of the pier. 

Head right alongside the RR tracks to a RR/car bridge where you'll cross back over Black Rock Canal to an intersection at 5.3 miles.

Note; Left is the start of the Jesse Kregal Pathway which follows Scajaquada Creek out to Delaware Park

Continue straight down to Niagara St where the trail continues on your left.

Note; The Erie Canalway Trail passes by following the Separated BIKE LANE north along Niagara St.

Left a ramp then takes you up and over I-190 and out to Dann St. Head right on-road a short distance to Hamilton St where the paved trail resumes below I-190. Cross Austin St before coming to Hertel Ave at 6.1 miles. 

Note; Left down Hertel Ave brings you to Tow Path Park parking lot. Short Loop trail here. Looking south you'll spot Unity Island and the Black Rock Canal. The Black Rock Canal extends 3.5 miles from Buffalo Harbor north to the Black Rock Lock, which was constructed in 1908-1913. The canal allows vessels to bypass the reefs, rapids and fast currant of the Niagara River

Note; This is where the Erie Canalway Trail rejoins the trail heading north. 

Head right then left along the trail traveling around Harbor Place Marine, past a Dog Park and underneath an exit ramp for  I-190 before coming to Black Rock Canal Park parking lot at 6.5 miles. You travel between Black Rock Harbor Rd and the Niagara River before passing by a pedestrian bridge over  I-190 that leads to Riverside Park. The trail soon follows Aqua Lane away from the river, past Stingers Marina and Aqua Lane Park up to the intersection with River Rd and Sheridan Dr at 8.2 miles.

Note; Across River Rd is where you can access Two Mile Creek Greenway .

[This section north to Tonawanda is also called the Shoreline Trail; Greenway Upper River]

The Shoreline Trail; Riverwalk Section/Erie Canalway Trail continues north alongside River Rd. I haven't checked out this section. Travel underneath a RR bridge before coming to the I-190 bridge and an intersection at 10.5 miles.

Note; I haven't checked out this section. If you head right along a paved trail, then straight when it splits this leads up to the I-190 bridge. This is the I-190 South Bridge Shoreline Trail that takes you across the Niagara River to Grand Island where you can follow the South Parkway Shoreline Trail to Beaver Island SP. From here you can access the West River Shoreline Trail, which takes you to the northern end of the island where you can access the I-190 North Bridge Shoreline Trail. Just before you cross the Niagara River you can access the Buckhorn Island SP Trail. The trail then takes you back across the Niagara River to Niagara Falls and the Shoreline Trail; Niagara River Greenway Section. See Below.

Continuing underneath the I-190 bridge you enter Isle View Park at 11 miles. Multiple parking lots, boat launch, dock, picnic tables and gazebos. I've checked out this section. Across the river is Grand Island. The trail meanders through the park alongside the river before crossing a bridge over Two Mile Creek and coming to a Map Board at 12.3 miles in Niawanda Park. Multiple parking lots, a boat launch, dock, band shell and restrooms located here.

Note; This is the start for the Two Mile Creek Greenway which travels right out across Niagara St and alongside Two Mile Creek.

Continuing north you come to the juncture of the Niagara River, the Erie Canal and Ellicott Creek at 13.5 miles. Across the river is Tonawanda Island

The Erie Canal utilizes the Niagara River south past Grand Island. Just south of Grand Island the Erie Canal utilizes Black Rock Canal which continues south between Buffalo and Unity Island. It is then separated from the Niagara River via a stone causeway before entering Buffalo Harbor in Downtown Buffalo.

Head right (east) along the Erie Canal and Ellicott Creek passing by an old RR turn bridge out in the middle of the canal. Travel underneath Seymour St heading right out to Niagara St in Tonawanda. Head left to Main St and Tonawanda Gateway Harbor across the road at 14.2 miles.

Note; The Erie Canalway Trail; Rochester-Buffalo continues straight (east) from Gateway Harbor crossing an iron bridge over Ellicott Creek

Note; Straight along Young St will bring you to the Tonawanda Gateway (Tonawanda Blue & Greenways Intermodal Hub) on your right. Parking, picnic tables and restrooms for bikers, hikers and canal users.

This is the end of the Shoreline Trail; Riverwalk Section/Erie Canalway Trail.

 

SHORELINE TRAIL; GREENWAY UPPER RIVER:

SHORELINE TRAIL; NIAGARA RIVER GREENWAY SECTION (North):

Starting from the Tonawanda Gateway Harbor in Tonawanda [Continuing Mileage from Shoreline Trail; Riverwalk Section]; Travel north across the Main Street Bridge over the Erie Canal to Sweeny St.

Note; From here you can access the Gateway Harbor Canalway Trail. I've checked out this section. Head right along a wide cement path that takes you above the Erie Canal and through an pavilion (rest rooms). Cross Main St, then turn right through a parking lot to a brick lined trail along the Erie Canal. Travel underneath a RR bridge where you pick up a wide paved trail at 0.4 miles. Trail meanders alongside the Erie Canal before traveling around the Sweeney Street parking lot out to Sweeney St at 0.7 miles where a BIKE LANE continues east. Just past Bryant St you'll pick up the paved trail again on your right for a short time before the BIKE LANE continues east underneath Route 425. Just after 1.1 miles you'll pick up the paved trail again on your right. I haven't checked out this section. The trail then pulls away from the canal before turning right off Sweeny St at 1.5 miles and back along the Erie Canal bringing you to Mayors Park at about 1.9 miles. Future plans call for continuing the trail NE along the Canal to the City Botanical Garden.

I haven't checked out this section. From Sweeny St, head left on-road (low traffic), travel underneath River Road Bridge and bear right to Sweeny St Ext past the Wardell Boat Yard. After 14.5 miles you'll pick up a narrow paved trail that brings you out to River Rd (Route 265) at 14.6 miles. Here you'll pick up the wide paved Shoreline Trail; Niagara River Greenway Section straight ahead. The trail travels north  alongside River Rd through North Tonawanda. Tonawanda Island is across the Niagara River on your left. Pass by Raymond Klimek Veterans Park at 15.6 miles. Parking, picnic pavilions, monuments. The Navy Seabees Monument complete with an old bull dozer. Next you'll pass by a Marina where the trail turns off the road at 16.4 miles and alongside the river as it travels through Gratwick Waterfront Park. Parking lots, boat ramp, pier, playground and picnic pavilion. You exit the park at 17.4 miles where the trail currently ends, as of 2021. Plans are in the works to extend the trail north through Wheatfield to Niagara Falls

Note; This next 2.5 mile section north is all on-road. Not recommended for novice bikers.

Continuing north on-road along River Rd (wide shoulder) you leave North Tonawanda and cross into Wheatfield. Use Caution crossing over River Rd as there is no crosswalk. You travel through Wheatfield with limited views of the river and cross into Niagara Falls where you'll pick up the paved trail on your right at 19.9 miles in Griffon Park, which is located along both sides of the road. River Rd is now called Buffalo Ave (Route 265).

The Shoreline Trail; Niagara River Greenway Section continues north alongside Buffalo Ave. To your right across the La Salle Expressway is Love Canal (site of Superfund disaster). Come to a crosswalk at 20.2 miles.

Note; This takes you over to Griffon Park, where you'll find Parking, a restroom, boat ramp, kayak launch and a 0.5 mile paved Griffon Park Loop Trail down alongside the Niagara River. The Niagara River splits creating Cayuga Island across this narrow section of the river.

Cross over Cayuga Creek at 20.7 miles. I'm not sure if the paved trail continues past here.

Turn left along Buffalo Ave (Route 265). This on-road section travels through a densely populated suburb of Niagara Falls. Use Caution Biking. You'll pick up the paved Shoreline Trail; Niagara River Greenway Section on your left at 22.1 miles just before an overpass. This brings you to the La Salle Waterfront Park parking lot

Note; I haven't checked out this section. If you continue straight under the overpass, passing by a trail on your left and underneath I-190 you'll come to a 2nd paved trail on your left that leads up to the I-190 bridge. This is the I-190 North Bridge Shoreline Trail that takes you across the Niagara River to Grand Island where you can access the Buckhorn Island SP Trail. It then continues out to Grand Island Blvd where you can access the West River Shoreline Trail, which takes you to the southern end of the island and Beaver Island SP. From here you can follow the South Parkway Shoreline Trail to the I-190 South Bridge Shoreline Trail that takes you back across the Niagara River to North Buffalo and the Shoreline Trail; Riverwalk Section/Erie Canalway Trail. See Below.

Travel down through the park where the trail continues north alongside the Niagara River. Grand Island across the river. You travel underneath the I-190 bridge then between the river and the Niagara Scenic Pkwy. Pass through the Water Authority Overlook Parking lot before coming to the former site of Fort Schlosser at 23.6 miles. Parking lot.

Fort Schlosser was a fortification built around 1760 by British Colonial forces, in order to guard the upper entrance to the portage around Niagara Falls, near the Porter-Barton Dock. The Old Stone Chimney from Fort Little Niagara (previous Fort on site) was incorporated into Fort Schlosser. Fort Schlosser was captured in 1813 and burned during the War of 1812. This site s now the current water intakes for the NY Power Authority. Today, all that remains is the Old Stone Chimney, which was moved north. You'll pass by it later. 

Pass through the Old Stone Chimney parking lot then travel around an inlet before coming to an intersection at 25.7 miles. This is the official entrance to Niagara Falls SP (est. 1885).

Note; Right, a paved trail leads to the park sign (picture spot) before crossing the Riverway (The Niagara Scenic Pkwy becomes the Riverway as it enters the park) and traveling north to Buffalo Ave. Here the trail is both paved and a double wide sidewalk as it follows John Daly Blvd to Niagara St and heads left. Niagara St also has a BIKE LANE. This takes you through downtown Niagara Falls to Rainbow Blvd after 1.2 miles. Turn right on-road a short distance to Main St where the start of the paved Niagara Scenic Parkway Trail picks up straight ahead after 1.3 miles. See Below. This trail will bring you to the NIAGARA GORGE DISCOVERY CENTER at 1.6 miles where it intersects with the Shoreline Trail; Niagara River Greenway Section.

Continue straight between the Niagara River and Riverway, passing by the 1st Riverway parking lot before the trail splits. It does this several times (right is the main trail, left follows the river with lots of overlooks). This is where the Niagara River splits at Goat Island, which you can spot across the river. Lots of rapids here as the river flows towards the American Falls. Pass by the 2nd Riverway parking lot before traveling underneath 1st Street Bridge and coming to Goat Island Rd at 26.4 miles. I've checked out this section

Note; Be sure to take a detour left along the Goat Island Loop where you can view both the American & Horseshoe Falls. Cross the Goat Island Road Bridge over the Niagara River to Green Island (If biking use the middle car lane or walk bikes if using the pedestrian lane) then over to Goat Island. Head right along the paved trail which splits. Keep left if biking. This will bring you to an overlook of the American Falls at 0.5 miles. Note; Stairs lead down to an overlook for the Bridal Veil Falls. Continuing left you'll pass by shops, cafes, restrooms and the entrance for Cave of the Winds. Follow the trail closest to the river, passing by the Top of the Falls restaurant, behind which is the parking lot (Fee) and you'll next come to Terrapin Point. A path winds down to the point at 0.8 miles where you can view the Horseshoe Falls. Continue left past the Falls heading upstream along the river (gradual climb) and you'll come to an intersection with Goat Island Rd at 1.2 miles. Head right and you'll come to a stone bridge on your right. Note; This brings you out to Three Sisters Island. Head right over the stone bridge followed by 2 more steel bridges to an overlook of the Niagara River. If you look upstream you'll spot a dam across the river which is located on the Canadian side. Head back out to Goat Island Rd and continue right. You'll pass by a couple more parking lots as you round the tip of the Island. Travel underneath the 1st Street Bridge and you'll return to the Goat Island Road Bridge. Head right and return to the Shoreline Trail; Niagara River Greenway Section after a 2.5 mile Loop.

Continuing north along the trail brings you to an overlook for the American Falls at Prospect Point Park after 26.6 miles.

[This section north to Lake Ontario is also called the Shoreline Trail; Greenway Lower River]

The Shoreline Trail; Niagara River Greenway Section continues north above the river traveling underneath the Niagara River Observation Tower and Maid of the Mist Boat Tour and up to your right the NIAGARA FALLS SP VISITOR CENTER . Travel high above Niagara River Gorge then underneath the Rainbow Bridge. You'll come to a set of stairs that you can bypass by continuing straight then heading left. You pass by the Niagara Gorge Discovery Center parking lots and come to the Schoellkopf Site.

The Schoellkopf Power Station was constructed in three sections between 1905 and 1924, and at the time of its completion was the largest hydro-electric power station in the world. Water was diverted from the Niagara River above the Falls, by a 4,600 canal that ran through the city to the edge of the Gorge. On June 7th, 1956, two-thirds of the power station was destroyed by a series of rockslides. In 2013 the original elevator shaft was restored and elevator access to the Gorge and the Schoellkopf Site was granted.

Next you come to the NIAGARA GORGE DISCOVERY CENTER at 27.3 miles**.

*Everything has changed since I was last here. The Robert Moses Pkwy, which was renamed the Niagara Scenic Pkwy has been removed here and in its place the Niagara Scenic Parkway Trail built. 

From the Niagara Gorge Discovery Center you have several options. 

 

SHORELINE TRAIL; GREENWAY LOWER RIVER:

NIAGARA SCENIC PARKWAY TRAIL (North):

The Niagara Scenic Parkway Trail starts off Main St in downtown Niagara Falls just east of the Rainbow Bridge. It travels 0.4 miles to the Niagara Gorge Discovery Center where it intersects with the Shoreline Trail; Niagara River Greenway Section**

Starting from the Niagara Gorge Discovery Center in Niagara Falls [Continuing Mileage from Shoreline Trail; Niagara River Greenway Section]; I haven't checked out this section yet. The trail continues north along the former right of way of the old Pkwy. The trail parallels Whirlpool St after 27.7 miles. Pass by the steep stairs down to the GREAT GORGE RAILWAY TRAIL at 28.4 miles. Check out the 2 old bridge abutments that used to cross the river. Travel underneath a RR bridge and continue north paralleling Whirlpool St. After 29.1 miles the trail parallels the Niagara Scenic Pkwy. Come to an intersection at 29.3 miles.

Note; Right leads to a crosswalk over the pkwy to DE VEAUX WOODS SP . Left takes you to WHIRLPOOL SP . Restrooms.

Continuing north you come to DEVILS HOLE SP at 30.5 miles. Devils Hole Gateway located here along with a parking lot. Right a pedestrian bridge takes you over the Niagara Scenic Pkwy to another parking lot.  

This is as far as the trail has been extended as of June 2021. A 2 mile gap to the next section along the Niagara Scenic Pkwy with no known way to access. A study is underway in 2020 for improving the sections north of here up to Youngstown.

The next section of the Niagara Scenic Parkway Trail begins 2 miles north alongside the Niagara Scenic Pkwy, with no way to access it. [Re-zeroing Mileage] I haven't checked out this section. This is a trail separated from the Pkwy by a metal fence. It travels north alongside the Pkwy for 1.1 miles before turning left out to Seneca St in Lewiston. This brings you to the entrance for ARTPARK SP on your left, along with the Lewiston Dog Park and Richard Soluri Park.

Earl W. Brydges Artpark is dedicated to presenting the finest in performing and visual arts programs; including world-class amphitheater rock and pop concerts, interactive public art installations, outdoor festivals, gallery exhibits, art and theatre workshops, summer camps and more. The park is also home to a variety of historic sites and scenic nature trails. Lower Landing Archeological District is a key point in the Colonial Niagara Historic District. The park has picnic facilities, hiking and cross-country skiing, and access to fishing. The upper Artpark Gorge Trail offers a gradual climb to the top where it meets up with the rim trail that crosses the power plant to Devil's Hole State Park.

An on-road gap of 0.7 miles currently exists to the next section of trail. Head right (north) on-road along S 9th St (some commercial, some residential) through Lewiston to Mohawk St and turn right. Just before the Niagara Scenic Pkwy Bridge you'll pick up the Niagara Scenic Parkway Trail on your left at 1.8 miles. The paved trail travels north through a wooded corridor parallel to the Niagara Scenic Pkwy to the east. Pass by a trail on your left at 2 miles that leads to Kiwanis Park parking lot. Some sections of the trail are right next to the pkwy and others are in the woods. After 4 miles you'll come to Pletcher Rd. Here the trail leaves the pkwy heading left (west) alongside Pletcher Rd. This is a residential corridor. Pass by the entrance to Lewiston Town Park parking lot at 4.4 miles before coming to Lower River Rd at 4.8 miles. 

Note; Left a narrow paved trail travels south alongside Lower River Rd for 1 mile before crossing to a sidewalk. 

Heading right a narrow paved trail travels north alongside Lower River Rd. Cross the entrance road for JOSEPH DAVIS SP at 5.8 miles. Just before Park Rd the trail crosses over to the west side of Lower River Rd and continues north. When you reach Riverview Dr at 7.3 miles the trail crosses over to a sidewalk. 

Note; You may continue north another 2.1 miles utilizing the narrow sidewalk or travel on-road (shoulder). Travel through Youngstown along Main St. After 8.5 miles you'll enter FORT NIAGARA SP . (Fee for cars). You can bike through the park, visit the fort (Fee ), swimming pool (Fee ), picnic...Views of the Niagara River entering Lake Ontario. About 9.4 miles to Fort Niagara.

 

SHORELINE TRAIL; GRAND ISLAND:

WEST RIVER SHORELINE TRAIL & SOUTH PARKWAY SHORELINE TRAIL:

Starting from the Shoreline Trail; Riverwalk Section/Erie Canalway Trail in North Buffalo; I haven't checked out this section yet

Note; The Isle View Park parking lot is located just 0.5 miles north up the Shoreline Trail; Riverwalk Section.

The I-190 South Bridge Shoreline Trail travels east underneath I-190 and splits. Right is where eastbound pedestrians come off the bridge, so continue straight which takes you up a ramp and across the westbound side of the bridge. Narrow path. Cross the Niagara River to Grand Island where another ramp leads down to South Parkway at 1 mile. Here you'll pick up the paved South Parkway Shoreline Trail

Note; Heading Left; The South Parkway Shoreline Trail brings you out to Staley Road/Grand Isle Blvd traffic circle and ends after 0.8 miles.

Heading Right; The trail travels south alongside the South Pkwy. Just after passing by the River Lea Trail on your left you come to a Traffic Circle. Continue around the Traffic Circle passing by a Map Board and a sign for Beaver Island SP before coming to a crosswalk at 3.9 miles.

Note; The South Parkway Shoreline Trail continues straight along Park Rd bringing you to the BEAVER ISLAND SP parking lot at 4.7 miles. See; Trails Map Below.

Head right across Park Rd where the West River Shoreline Trail picks up heading back to the Traffic Circle and bearing left alongside W River Pkwy. The Pkwy soon ends and the trail continues north following the now closed Pkwy. This is an open corridor along a residential route. After 5.4 miles the trail now travels alongside the Niagara River on the west side of the Island. Pass by the Fix Road parking lot at 6.5 miles. Pass by the W River Road parking lot at 9.2 miles. Cross over Big Six Mile Creek at 10 miles. Come to an intersection just before a Map Board at 11.5 miles

Note; You have 2 Options from here. Both are on-road. I haven't ridden either route yet.

Option 1; For experienced road bikers. Continue straight as the paved trail continues a short distance alongside W River Pkwy before ending next to Eagle Overlook parking lot at 12 miles. Cross over to a BIKE LANE and continue along the W River Pkwy. This route intersects with the I-190 off/on ramps so Use Caution. Continue straight along East-West Park Rd crossing a bridge over I-190. Continue straight past another on-ramp and you'll come to the intersection of East-West Park Rd & the I-190 North Bridge Shoreline Trail at 12.5 miles. ***

Option 2; For bikers who prefer less traffic and speed. Turn right out to W River Rd and travel left on-road along Long Rd (residential) following a wide shoulder. Use Caution crossing over I-190 as their is on/off ramps. Come to Grand Island Blvd. Head left a short distance and you'll pick up the paved I-190 North Bridge Shoreline Trail at 12.4 miles. Follow this trail to the intersection of East-West Park Rd & the I-190 North Bridge Shoreline Trail at 12.8 miles. *** (0.3 miles longer)

Continuing north along the I-190 North Bridge Shoreline Trail using Option 1 mileage. The trail follows alongside I-190 crossing over the scenic Burnt Ship Creek Marsh (overlook) to Buckhorn Island. Come to an intersection at 13.2 miles.

Note; Straight leads to BUCKHORN ISLAND SP where you can access the Buckhorn Island SP Trail. I haven't checked out this trail yet. Straight is also where the I-190 North Bridge Shoreline Trail southbound pedestrians come off the bridge. 

Head left to a narrow path along the bridge and cross over the Niagara River to Buffalo Ave in Niagara Falls. Turn right and you'll come to the Shoreline Trail; Niagara River Greenway intersection. Right leads to the Lasalle Waterfront Park parking lot after 14.3 miles.

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