North American Coalition for Maintaining Mother Earth

Posted by Alexa On July - 5 - 2017 0 Comment

Whether you’re looking for an easy stroll or rugged terrain, western New York is full of diverse hiking trails. The Buffalo area is full of hidden gems, scenic vistas and unique trails to explore. Many of these trails are also family friendly and wheelchair accessible, making them a great option for everyone.

Zoar Valley
About an hour outside of Buffalo, you will find the Waterfalls of Zoar Valley Trail. This 4.2-mile long trail will take you past 12 waterfalls and offers stunning views of gorges. Although the hike itself is not strenuous, trails can be muddy of slippery and decent footwear is recommended.

Greenway Nature Trail
Despite being on the shorter side, this 1.2 mile long trail packs in some spectacular water views of the Outer Harbor. A newer and well-maintained asphalt trail, the Greenway Nature Trail is an ideal hike if you’re looking for a laid back, easy stroll in nature.

Knox Farm 
The Knox Farm trail is a popular 1.6 mile loop, located on the former Knox Family estate. This charming trail features grassy fields and scenic woodlands. Visitors during spring will also be rewarded with views of fields of wildflowers. This trail is both kid and dog friendly, as well as wheelchair accessible. Horseback riding is also available, in addition to guided nature walks presented by the New York Audubon and the Buffalo Audubon Society.

Tifft Nature Preserve 
Just a few miles outside of downtown Buffalo, this conservation site borders Lake Eerie. The Tifft Nature Preserve trail is a 1.9 mile long loop. This easily accessible route is great for families with children. If this short hike isn’t quite long enough for you, consider exploring some of the other adjacent trails. The Tifft Nature Preserve is also a great location for bird watching and viewing other wildlife. Pack a picnic lunch and spend the day enjoying nature.

Hunters Creek Country Park
If you’re looking for a bit more of a challenge, Hunters Creek Country Park offers a variety of moderate difficulty trails. Located in the East Aurora area of New York, this park offers a variety of loops to explore. These winding trails will take you past babbling creeks and expansive woodlands.

During your Buffalo adventures, explore other areas of New York like Chautauqua. The city is about an hour and a half west of the city and, if you’re looking for a place to stay, The Spencer Hotel & Spa is a great option.


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