City of Buffalo

Shoreline Trail

City of Buffalo
  • 8 miles
  • 3 to 4 hours
  • 1 hour
  • Dog-friendly
  • Paved

Trail Overview

This 8-mile Empire State Trail section starts at Buffalo Harbor State Park on the shore of Lake Erie, where there is ample free parking, visitor services, and a formal “Gateway” marking the beginning/end of the Empire State Trail. From the state park, the route follows the Shoreline Trail north through downtown Buffalo, passing through the harbor area, Canalside, and several city parks. Five of the 8 miles are paved off-road path, dedicated to walkers and bicyclists only. However, several sections are designated on the shoulders of public roadways. Street parking and visitor services are available in Buffalo at many locations a short distance off the trail. The northern 2.5 miles of this section follows Niagara Street, which is appropriate for experienced bicyclists comfortable riding next to vehicle traffic.

Cycling Directions

Cue sheets provide step by step navigation instructions for cycling the trail in both directions.

EC01-EC02_West-East Download EC02-EC01_East-West Download
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Buffalo-Exchange Street