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Take a Hike in Franklin Gulf Park

Franklin Gulf Park (known as Larkin Woods a long time ago) is an Erie County “conservation park”, meaning it is undeveloped and does not have any formal activities or facilities (other than a snowmobile trail maintained by a private snowmobile club.).  It consists of 637 acres purchased by the County from various land owners in…

Boston Forest Update for Summer Hiking

  Boston Forest County Park is an Erie County conservation area located in the Town of Boston, New York. Boston Forest consists of 710 acres of mostly forest lands bordered on the north by Rice Road, the east by Zimmerman Road, the south by Belcher Road and the west by Feddick Road and South Feddick…

Hike to the Mount Tuscarora Fire Tower in Allegany State Park

  The Mount Tuscarora Fire tower was built in 1928.   It is no longer usable.  The stairs are in disrepair.  The lower access has been removed to prevent climbing of the tower.  However, it is still a popular destination for hikers and an interesting side trip for backpackers on the combined Finger Lakes, Conservation, North…

Sprague Brook Park Hiking Trails Guide

Sprague Brook Park is an Erie County Park with trails for hiking, biking, x-county skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling.  When there is snow the x-country ski trails are restricted to cross x-country skiing only, and no dogs are allowed on the x-country ski trails.  When there is no snow, all trails are available to hikers and…

Gulf Wilderness Park Trails – Lockport, NY

  This information is derived from the website links set forth below rather than from the author’s actual hiking of the trail. It will be updated after the actual hike. Gulf Wilderness Park is a nature park in the City of Lockport, NY.  There appear to be four trails in the park that are interconnected…

Beehunter Trail in Allegany State Park

Click on this link for a Google Earth kml file showing the trail and waypoints. Beehunter KML file Click here for the gpx track. Beehunter trail GPX file The Beehunter trail is about 6 miles long (the park signs say 6.5 miles but a gps track came up with just 5.8 miles, including the walk…

Amherst State Park Hiking Maps and Trails

Amherst State Park is an irregular shaped 77+ acre conservation park in the Town of Amherst. The Park extends from Glen Drive to Sheridan Drive. The main entrance is at 508 Mill Street. There are also unmarked access points on Reist Street, Glen Ave, and Sheridan Drive. Amherst State Park is a good place to…

Erie County Bureau of Forestry Trails

The Erie County Bureau of Forestry Park is a 3,400 acre forest located at Genesee Road and Warner Gulf Road in Sardinia, New York.  It is managed by the Erie County Division of Forestry. You can view an interactive Google map of the trails by clicking HERE It provides year round recreation for hiking, snowshoeing,…

Boston County Forest offers hiking and xcountry skiing

NOTE – THERE IS AN UPDATED GUIDE HERE: Boston County Forest Summer Hiking Guide Boston Forest County Park is an Erie County conservation area located in the Town of Boston, New York. It consist of 710 acres of mostly forest lands bordered on the north by Rice Road, the east by Zimmerman Road, the south…

Eternal Flame Falls – Chestnut Ridge Park, Orchard Park, NY

The so-called “eternal flame falls” is a waterfalls of Shale Creek in the southeast corner of Chestnut Ridge Park in an area known as the Shale Creek Preserve. A grotto on the right side of the falls (as you are facing it) has several fissures through which methane gas escapes. There are lots of fissures…