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About Us


Erie Cattaraugus Rail Trail Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization incorporated in September 2008.  Membership includes individuals from communities adjoining the railbanked trail who are interested in the development and operation of the multi-use trail on the rail corridor.

Our Mission:

The mission of Erie Cattaraugus Rail Trail is to improve the quality of life for our community by preserving the Buffalo-Pittsburgh rail corridor and transforming it into a multi-use recreation trail between Orchard Park and West Valley, New York.


Public recreation – Provide opportunities for walking, hiking, bicycling, horseback riding, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, and nature observation along the abandoned rail corridor. We wish to provide an important recreational resource for Western New Yorkers and visitors to our region.

Health, Education, and Resource Protection:

Protect and maintain the rail corridor as a natural and cultural resource. Our objectives include a desire to increase community knowledge of rail-to-trail related natural history and to encourage school participation in restoring, maintaining, and using the corridor for educational, recreational, job training, and community service activities.

Economic Development:

Stimulate economic development through the promotion of tourism and trail-related businesses.



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