Thanks to support and funding from the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation, GObike has hired Alta Planning & Design to conduct a feasibility study for constructing an 80-mile multi-use trail in and adjacent to the Buffalo-Pittsburgh rail corridor between the City of Buffalo and the Town of Hinsdale.

 

Erie Cattaraugus Rail Trail’s 27-mile railbanked section is a valued asset that is included in this assessment.

 

Learn more by visiting:

Foothills Trail Club Explores Orchard Park Trails

On Saturday, Dec. 12, over 20 members of the Foothills Trail Club enjoyed an informative walk on the recently-opened 2-mile section of the Erie Cattaraugus Rail Trail (ECRT) in Orchard Park.

 

The group began their hike on the adjacent Birdsong neighborhood trail, and continued on by crossing Jewett Holwood Road to complete a 4-mile roundtrip hike to Ellicott Road and back along the ECRT trail. ECRT Board members Howy Holmes and Deb Fenn accompanied the group, pointing out historic and natural attractions along the former rail line during the fun outing.

The Foothills Trail Club, founded in 1962, is an affiliate of the Finger Lakes Trail Conference and a member of the American Hiking Society. Their 180-mile Conservation Trail traverses Western New York and  extends from Pennsylvania to Niagara Falls.

1/5

Beautification Work Underway At Orchard Park Depot

 

Workers from Branch Managers helped to remove a 150-foot maple tree in the Village of Orchard Park. The tree had perished on a section of Erie Cattaraugus Rail Trail’s railbanked corridor adjacent to the South Buffalo Street bridge. Branch Managers took no time felling and organizing trunk and limb materials for chipping and removal.

ECRT has been working in concert with the village in preparation for Centennial celebrations planned later this year. In addition to tree removal, ECRT helped facilitate for the South Buffalo Street bridge to receive a much-needed fresh coat of paint later this spring. Additionally, working with Code Enforcement Officer John Gullo and landscaper Jeb Andrews of Oakdale Co., cleanup is underway on the Bank Street rail property, a future ECRT trailhead. Andrews has donated his time to create a small berm adjacent to the depot. There, several evergreens are scheduled to be planted, courtesy of Schichtel’s Nursery.

“Working with the village and companies like Branch Managers has been such a positive experience,” said ECRT Board President Deb Fenn. “We look forward to undertaking more projects of this nature that help beautify and promote the village and benefit the future trail.”

TreeWork.png
EXPLORE THE TRAIL:

Erie Cattaraugus Rail Trail Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization and trail manager for the railbanked portion of the Buffalo-Pittsburgh Railway in Western NY. Over twenty-seven miles long, this railroad right-of-way connects the communities of Orchard Park, Aurora, West Falls, Colden, East Concord, Springville and West Valley, New York.

LEARN MORE ABOUT ECRT:

Erie Cattaraugus Rail Trail Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization and trail manager for the railbanked portion of the Buffalo-Pittsburgh Railway in Western NY. Over twenty-seven miles long, this railroad right-of-way connects the communities of Orchard Park, Aurora, West Falls, Colden, East Concord, Springville and West Valley, New York.

ECRT VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT: 
 
 

Jim Cielencki has an eye for the extraordinary, a passion for exercise and a degree in urban planning.

Become a Member:
hikers.JPG

​Love the outdoors? Consider joining us. Your support helps our ongoing efforts to preserve the former rail corridor with the intent to develop it into a multi-use recreational trail. It also demonstrates community support to our local and state officials. All members will receive our newsletter as well as exclusive invitations to ECRT events. When you register, you'll also have the opportunity to indicate if you would like to further assist us by volunteering.

Follow Us on Facebook:

Shop the Trail Store:

Erie Cattaraugus Rail Trail