Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Buffalo, NY
Bikes: 2012 Surly LHT, 1995 GT Outpost Trail
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A little late to the discussion, but as for paths I've got to add:
* Lancaster Heritage path. This is 4 miles from the center of Lancaster to the border in Alden. It's a little short but it's nice. I use it for transportation purposes more than leisure purposes now. It ends relatively close to my favorite bike shop, Toms Pro Bike, too.
* Clarence/Newstead path. This is a 2-pronged path going through Clarence and Newstead. It crosses Main Street at Salt, where there's a nice parking lot, which is where I normally started. The Newstead prong ends in Akron at Cedar St (I can't find any parking out there though). The South prong ends at Wherle near Harris Hill. The North prong ends at Transit across from Grovers (Best burgers in Buffalo!). There's about 17 miles of path if you follow all 3 prongs, which ends up being a nice 35 mile ride if you do the entire thing in one sitting. The North prong can be a bit busy on weekends as it goes through the heart of Suburban Clarence, however. The Newstead branch is the least busy of the 3.
* Pendleton path. Just discovered this the other day. It's 3.5 miles long, starting at Lockport Road near Campbell, stays roughly parallel to Campbell and ends at Meyer near Campbell. Considering that Campbell road is really nice for cycling on anyway, I tend to prefer the road rather than the path, but if you prefer paths, this one is good.
* Amherst Canal Path. This is at the very north end of Amherst. I used to ride this as a kid sometimes. It starts at the very north end of Sweet Home Road and goes Northeast for 6 miles to end at New Road at the border with Pendleton. It shares the road in parts, so it's not a totally closed-access route. They also have some annoying metal bars that artificially narrow the path in some parts as well, presumably to deter ATV's and snowmobiles, so you've got to be careful about not running into opposing cycle traffic in those spots. I visited it for the first time in years a few weeks back and part of the end near New Road is closed due to collapsing into the canal, unfortunately, but otherwise a good route.