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Ultimate Guide to Snowshoeing in WNY

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Have you ever tried snowshoeing? It may not be the number one activity that comes to mind when a fresh snowfall hits WNY, but it’s a great way to get out of the house and enjoy the Buffalo winter weather. 

Our region is home to plenty of fantastic places to go snowshoeing, so next time you have the chance, grab some snowshoes and get to it! Here is a list of snowshoeing spots around Buffalo and Western New York:

Did we miss one? Email us at editorial@old.stepoutbuffalo.com!

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Akron Falls Park

44 Parkview Dr, Akron, NY 14001 / WEBSITE

Good for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, sledding and ice skating. This park offers parking and multiple sledding hills. Open 10am – dusk.

According to snowshoemag.com, “The main trail in Akron Falls County Park is a short, approx 2 km trail that follows right along Murder Creek and is fairly easy hike. As you follow the creek, the trail eventually reaches a waterfall, with many ravines and cliffs to explore along the way. Murder Creek has its own fascinating, but tragic love story. Areas of the hike are on privately owned land and caution should be taken though along the cliffs and waterfalls.

All trails are ungroomed in Akron Falls County Park. There are many shelters, bathrooms, and buildings, such as Cummings Lodge located next to the creek, which you can use to relax and warm up in. Parking is available next to any of the shelters or buildings.”

 

Beaver Island State Park

2136 West Oakfield Road, Grand Island, NY 14072 / WEBSITE

Good for sledding, snowshoeing and snowmobiling. Open from dawn to dusk.

 

Beaver Meadow Audubon Center

1610 Welch Road, North Java, NY 14113 / WEBSITE

Beaver Meadow is a 324-acre nature preserve in North Java, NY. It features beaver meadow with its associated ponds, glacial kettle ponds, wetlands with a boardwalk trail, wooded uplands, meadows, a hawk watch, an arboretum, and eight miles of marked and groomed trails perfect for snowshoeing.

 

Bond Lake Park

2571 Lower Mountain Rd. Ransomville, NY 14131 / WEBSITE

During the winter months the park offers a number of activities that are not available anywhere else in Niagara County. In addition to snowshoeing, visitors enjoy a well maintained and staffed sledding hill, weather permitting. The park also provides a large ice skating rink for family oriented skating as well as a smaller rink used exclusively for hockey. There are 13 miles of cross-country skiing trails that are groomed and cared for by staff. Restroom facilities are available. The Warming House is open to the public when not rented for a private function. Visitors are permitted to bring picnic style lunches.  No equipment rental is provided for any on site activities.  Sledding Hill conditions are recorded daily and can be accessed by calling (716) 731-3256.

 

Boston Forest

Boston, NY / WEBSITE

Boston Forest is a 701-acre undeveloped park that is bounded by Rice Road to the north, Feddick Road to the west and south and Zimmerman Road to the east. Winter sports enthusiasts and families can spice up the cold winter months with snow activities including snow shoeing, snowmobiling (on approved trails) and hiking.

According to snowshoemag.com, “It has many hiking and snowshoeing trails, which are good for beginners. The main trail starts on flat ground and then heads up a hill, and flattens alongside of Rice Hill Road. Along the trail, you’ll pass over creeks and through thick forests. There are no buildings in this park, shelters or bathrooms. The only parking area is on the side of the road. All trails are ungroomed.”

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Main Park: North and South sides of Genesee Rd, 5 miles East of Rt. 219 and 4 miles West of Rt. 16 | East Concord, NY / WEBSITE

A network of several miles of marked and unmarked trails traverse the property. These include the Scarbuck Trail, Silent Woods Trail Loop and portions of the Conservation Trail- which is part of the Finger Lakes Trail System. These trails may be used for hiking, snowshoeing and ungroomed cross-country skiing. Terrain varies from gentle to steep. There’s also a series of trails are specially designed for equestrian use and snowmobiling.

 

Chestnut Ridge Park

6121 Chestnut Ridge Rd, Orchard Park, NY 14127 / WEBSITE

Offers an extra large hill for sledding, tobogganing (closed for 2020 season), snowboarding, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling.

In this park, all trails are ungroomed. There are many shelters, bathrooms, and buildings you can use to relax and warm up in. Specifically in the Casino Building, there is a fireplace, food stand, and coffee shop (availability may vary due to COVID), which is an optimal place to break from the cold. Parking is available at any of the shelters or buildings.

 

Como Lake Park

2220 Como Park Blvd, Lancaster, NY 14086 / WEBSITE

Como Lake Park is the perfect place for family winter fun. Two ice skating rinks free to the public (weather-permitting, open 12:00PM- 8:00PM) and sledding hills, as well as cross-country ski trails (not groomed) and snowshoeing provide enjoyable outdoor winter activities. The Casino offers a comfortable setting to keep fingers and toes warm after enjoying the winter wonderland (availability may vary due to COVID). For weekday winter sports/ activities updates, please call 858-8513.

According to snowshoemag.com, “The trails are flat and easy to hike on, and you can hike to the man-made waterfall, lighthouse, and pond. One trail crosses the north and south island by two bridges that span Cayuga Creek, which flows through the park. There is also a Boy Scout nature trail in the park near the Boy Scout Area, that is a connector for other trails. Some additional trail options include a trail in the front of the park near William, and a trail that runs along Lake Ave and Como Park Blvd on the outside of the park. Check out the map of Como Lake Park for more details.

All trails in this park are ungroomed, but there are many shelters, bathrooms, and buildings you can use to relax and warm up in, such as the casino building near the ice skating pond, and Lancaster place. The casino building actually has a fireplace you can sit near too. Parking is available at any of the shelters or buildings.”

 

Eighteen Mile Creek Park

Hamburg / WEBSITE

Winter sports enthusiasts and families can spice up the cold winter months with snow activities including snow shoeing and hiking.

According to snowshoemag.com, “There are many interesting trails over two distinctive areas, the North Branch and the South Branch. Most of the trails are flat and run along Eighteen Mile Creek. The 60 foot deep gorge cut by the creek however, is a view to behold.

There are varying options for trails, a few of which start at the top of the ridge and go around the top, and other trails that go down into the gorge. These trails are easy and traveled moderately by both snowshoers and hikers. There are no buildings in this park, shelters or bathrooms so being prepared for this is essential.”

 

Ellicott Creek Park

1 Ellicott Creek Drive, Tonawanda, NY 14150 / WEBSITE

Sled hill, cross-country skiing (not groomed), and snowshoeing at Ellicott Creek Park. Winter sports are available from 7:00 AM until dusk. For weekday winter sports/ activities updates, please call 858-8513.

According to snowshoemag.com, it’s a “mostly flat, wide open park that is great for beginner snowshoers. The park has three sections total, one main section and two smaller sections in the north part of the park. In the main section, there is a trail that runs along the outside of the park in a small wooded area. If your dog wants some time to explore too, there is a dog park on the island. As an alternative to snowshoeing, the park has a paved biking trail that has many shelters and buildings along it.

All trails in Ellicott Creek park are ungroomed. There are many shelters, bathrooms, and buildings you can use to relax and warm up in. The casino building offers a fireplace, or you can rest in the Friendship building. Parking is available at any of the shelters or buildings in the park.”

 

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Elma Meadows Golf Course and Park

1711 Girdle Rd, Elma, NY 14059 / WEBSITE

Hills and valleys available for sledding, snowboarding, tubing, and groomed cross-country trails (can also be used for snowshoeing). The sled hill is open 10:00AM- Dusk. XC skiing is open 9:00AM- Dusk. For weekday winter sports/ activities updates, call 858-8513.

According to snowshoemag.com, “On the golf course, there are 2 groomed cross-country ski trail loops that total 8k/4.9 miles. These trails connect with the other trails and access roads in the park and on the golf course. The park is very hilly and wide open so make sure you dress warmly because the wind whips across the golf course.”

 

Emery Park

2084 Emery Road, South Wales, NY 14139 / WEBSITE

Good for downhill skiing or snowshoeing through the trails. Snowmobile trails are marked. Magic Carpet for downhill skiing and snowboarding is open Wednesday-Friday 3:00PM – 7:00PM and Saturday/Sunday/Holidays 10:00AM – 7:00PM WHEN CONDITIONS ALLOW. For winter sports/ activities updates, please check the Winter Sports page daily.

According to snowshoemag.com, “The cross-country ski trail, which can also be used for snowshoeing, is a two-mile trail that starts at the top of the downhill ski slope to the left of the tow rope building. The trail continues down across a bridge over a waterfall and the stream, along to the baseball field. As you continue along, the trail goes into the woods and follows the tree line to the edge of the west end of the park. You will eventually go downhill to the edge of the park on the north end, and then will travel back up the hill over towards the downhill ski slope. The entire trail is a loop so you will finish where you started.”

 

Fort Niagara State Park

Route 18F Youngstown, NY 14174 / WEBSITE

In winter, visitors can cross-country ski, snowshoe, and sled. The park is adjacent to Old Fort Niagara State Historic Site.

 

Franklin Golf Park

The Towns of Eden and North Collins / WEBSITE

Formerly known as Larkin Woods, its a 631-acre undeveloped park that is bounded by Sandrock Road to the north, Larkin Road to the east and School Street to the south. The park is primarily a wooded area with creeks, ravines, waterfalls and ledge outcroppings. There is a parking area on Larkin Road, just before the North Collins Town Line.

Winter sports enthusiasts and families can spice up the cold winter months with snow activities including snow shoeing and hiking.

 

Grover Cleveland Golf Course

3781 Main Street, Amherst, NY 14226 / WEBSITE

Snowshoeing, as well as ungroomed cross-country skiing, is available on the grounds when conditions allow.

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Knox Farm State Park

437 Buffalo Road, East Aurora, NY 14052 / WEBSITE

In addition to their dog park, Knox Farm offers cross country skiing and snowshoeing.

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Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve

93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY 14043 / WEBSITE

Reinstein Woods is an excellent place to cross country-ski and snowshoe. There are about three and a half miles of gentle trails for you explore daily from sunrise to sunset. Note: during non-COVID times they offer snowshoe rentals of all sizes.)

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Reservoir State Park

5777 Witmer Road, Niagara Falls, NY 14304 / WEBSITE

Winter visitors come to sled and cross-country ski. Snowshoeing is also allowed. Part of the park is an overlook for the Robert Moses Power Plant Reservoir.

 

Sergeant Mark A. Rademacher Memorial Park/Hunters Creek

Hamlet of South Wales, 2 miles north of Emery Park on Hunters Creek Road / WEBSITE

Winter sports enthusiasts and families can spice up the cold winter months with snow activities including snow shoeing, cross county skiing (ungroomed) and hiking.

 

Sprague Brook

9674 Foote Rd, Glenwood, NY 14069 / WEBSITE

Cross-country skiing and snowshoe trekking are available daily from 7:00AM- dusk, and sledding is available daily 10:00AM- dusk. There are also designated snowmobile trails. For winter sports/ activities updates, please call 858-8513.

 

Tifft Nature Preserve

1200 Fuhrmann Boulevard, Buffalo, NY 14203 / WEBSITE

The preserve is open year-round for hiking on the trails. In the winter snowshoeing is offered with snowshoe rentals.

 

Did we miss one? Email us at editorial@old.stepoutbuffalo.com!

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Emily is co-founder and Director of Storytelling at Step Out Buffalo. Her favorite things to do are eat, travel, and think up business ideas. Emily is originally from Hamburg, NY and her out of town friends will tell you that she loves to talk about Buffalo any chance she gets.

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