TONAWANDA & NORTH BUFFALO RAIL TRAILS:
NORTH BUFFALO SPUR TRAIL:
WILLIAM GAITER PARKWAY PATH:
NORTH BUFFALO-TONAWANDA, NEW YORK
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Last Updated: August 02, 2017
Length: Tonawanda & North Buffalo Rail Trails; 4.6 miles
Minnesota Linear Park Trail; 0.6 miles
McCarty Park/William Gaiter Parkway Path; 2.1 miles
Difficulty: Easy. Flat paved rail trail.
To Start from North Buffalo; From I-290 take exit 7A to Route 5 west and travel 3.6 miles to the NFTA-METRO Park-N-Ride lot on your right. Go to the rear of this lot where you'll find both trailheads. The North Buffalo Rail Trail starts at the NW corner and the North Buffalo Spur Trail is at the NE corner (although the trail actually begins off Route 5 next to LaSalle Metro Station.
The Tonawanda & North Buffalo Rail Trails follows the rail bed of the former NY & Erie RR. This trail begins in North Buffalo, but the majority of the trail is in Tonawanda. For some reason the two towns didn't combine resources as the Tonawanda map signs don't include North Buffalo. The short Minnesota Linear Park Trail runs parallel to this trail in North Buffalo. You can also connect on-road to McCarty Park and the William Gaiter Parkway Path south in North Buffalo along the old RR Right of Way. For more information visit; TONAWANDA RAIL TRAIL .
Starting from the NFTA-METRO Park-N-Ride lot in North Buffalo; The trailhead is located at the NW rear corner of the lot.
Note; The Minnesota Linear Park Trail starts off Route 5 and travels through the lot to the NE rear corner. SEE BELOW for information, as well as, an on-road route south to McCarty Park and the William Gaiter Parkway Path.
The paved North Buffalo Rail Trail head north along an open corridor passing by a side trail on your left to Shoshone Park. Come to some old RR abutments where a RR Bridge once crossed at 0.3 miles. On your right is the entrance to the Minnesota Linear Park Trail. Left takes you out to Taunton Plaza. Cross-light over Kenmore Ave where the Tonawanda Rail Trail begins at 0.7 miles. Map board located here and at all street crossings. Kenmore Ave parking lot located here as well. The 0 Mile Marker for this section begins here as well. Markers every 0.5 miles. Continue north along an open residential urban corridor. Cross Englewood Ave and you'll pass by Lincoln Park at 1.6 miles.
Note; A paved trail travels into the park where you'll find sports fields, a pool, arena and splash park.
Continuing north you cross Sheridan Drive at 2.3 miles, Colvin Blvd at 2.8 miles and Brighton Rd at 3.1 miles. A berm along your left blocks views of Elmlawn Memorial Park (cemetery) and to your right is Walter Kenney Field. Here the trail is a bit more isolated and industrial/commercial. Travel underneath I-290 at 3.6 miles before coming to State Street at 4.6 miles where you'll find a parking lot and the current end of the trail next to Young St.
Note; Future plans call for continuing the trail north across Ellicott Creek, then connecting to the Canalway Trail; Rochester-Buffalo .
Minnesota Linear Park Trail:
Starting from Route 5 (Main St) next to the LaSalle Metro Station; The green paved Minnesota Linear Park Trail travels north through the NFTA-METRO Park-N-Ride lot to the NE rear corner where the trail exits the lot, passing by Custer St and following a tree-lined pathway through Minnesota Linear Park in the University Heights neighborhood. To your left is all woodland and your right is all residential. The trail then intersects with the North Buffalo Rail Trail after 0.6 miles.
McCarty Park/William Gaiter Parkway Path:
Starting from Route 5 (Main St) next to the LaSalle Metro Station and heading South; This section detours south around the old rail bed which is not accessible. Travel west past the front of the LaSalle Metro Station to a cross-light and cross Main St to La Salle Ave. Take your first right on-road along William Price Pkwy (residential) which will bring you up to a circle at 0.4 miles. Here you'll find a paved path leading to McCarty Park. Here you'll find sports fields and a paved trail encircling the park. Head right to an intersection and keep straight past a playground and the McCarty Park parking lot. At the next intersection turn right and exit the park to E Amherst St at 0.8 miles. You'll have to detour around the next section of old rail bed as well by heading left on-road (sidewalk available) and taking your first right on Clarence Ave (residential) and following out to Kensington Ave. Travel right a short distance to Clyde Ave. A cross-light will then bring you over to the William Gaiter Parkway Path at 1.3 miles. This paved path travels alongside the Pkwy utilizing the old RR Right of Way, which is now a road. Travel underneath the Kensington Expy at 1.6 miles before coming to E Delavan Ave at 2.1 miles where the trail ends. The old rail bed continues south but is not accessible.
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