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Queen City Bucket List: Ellicott Creek bike trail

Erin cycles to one of Buffalo's many bike paths as part of her summer bucket list

blog by Erin Daetsch  • 

Earlier this summer I hit the outdoors and ventured out to Orchard Park to hike the Eternal Flame trail with my mother. It was so great I thought I would bring her along on yet another one of my adventures, this time adding my dad into the mix. Talk about family bonding.

Buffalo is no stranger to biking, especially during the summer. Just look at all the bike lanes that have been added to our streets over the past couple years. And if you are a resident of the Northtowns, you have the pleasure of living close to multiple bike paths, including Ellicott Creek Trail.

Instead of piling the bikes in the car and driving over, we decided to do it the old fashioned way and ride the entire way from our house to the bike path. I was told this would add about three miles to the journey. I quickly realized that parents lie and the additional three miles was in reality eight. Funny how things turn out.

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We started our journey at the beginning of the bike path just off of North Forest, north of Maple Road. We then followed the trail to the five-mile mark, at which point we were ready to turn around and peddle home. If only we had pushed ourselves a little further, we would have been led to the Niagara River. Yet, considering my Saturday afternoons typically involve lounging by the pool, I was more than satisfied with my 18-mile journey.


There is no need to be a young Lance Armstrong to lay your tracks on the bike path. This is an activity that can be enjoyed by all, even the little tikes who like to hang out and toss back a few Hi-C pouches in the backseat of the bike trailer.

For those of you who haven’t looked at a calendar, today marks the first day of August. Summer is quickly flying by and before you know it you will be seeing more school buses on the road than bicycles.

Now is the time to put as many miles on those tires as you can. There are several bike paths throughout the Queen City, including Outer Harbor/Tifft Street, Riverwalk, Erie Canal and Clarence.

On top of that, Buffalo is also home to the Midnight Bike Ride, which gathers at midnight every Sunday at the corner of College and Allen. It gives you the perfect opportunity to grab a Southern Tier at Allen Street Hardware before embarking on a late-night adventure of biking and shenanigans.

TAGGED: biking, ellicott creek, erin daetsch, queen city bucket list

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