10 disabled-accessible hiking trails in WNY

As we approach the peak of summer, we are reminded that there is plenty to do outside to enjoy the warmer months in Buffalo and WNY.

Hiking is the ideal activity to appreciate the essence of the outdoors: fresh air and beautiful scenery. With our readers with disabilities in mind, we’ve compiled a list of hikes that are accessible to all. While our primary mission is to provide an accessible hiking guide for people with disabilities, the requirements translate exceptionally well to those looking for stroller-friendly trails.

Without further ado, here’s your summer guide to the disabled accessible hiking trails in WNY, listed in no particular order.

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1. Tifft Nature Reserve

1200, boulevard Fuhrmann Buffalo, NY 14203 / More information

The Tifft Nature Reserve is home to 264 acres of beautifully restored habitat with five miles of handicapped accessible trails and boardwalks. This naturalistic sanctuary is teeming with diverse wildlife and offers a perfect respite between bustling city life and the peace and quiet of the outdoors. Immerse yourself in nature as you travel through this scenic reserve located just five minutes from Buffalo.


2. Kiwanis Park Trail

940 Oxbow Lane Lewiston, NY 14092 / More information

A path paved with scenic wooded abyss is easily accessible from the eastern end of Kiwanis Park. The Kiwanis Trail is perfect for anyone looking for a peaceful adventure. As you contemplate 13 kilometers of nature filled with radiant trees, abundant wildlife and deep greenery, you will certainly succumb to the charm of the great outdoors!

3. Clarence course

10070 Clarence Pathways Lancaster, NY 14086 / More information

Whether you are encumbered by the woods or the sun of the open meadows, Clarence Pathways is the perfect place to marvel at the beauty of the world around us. This paved trail is wheelchair friendly, anchored in the heart of wildlife, so be prepared to soak up the sounds of nature. Five different trails are available and are 18 miles long, but feel free to choose your own.

4. Niagara Scenic Parkway Trail

Main Street Niagara Falls, NY 14301 / More information

During your trip on the Parkway Scenic Trail, you will venture approximately 3.5 miles along the Niagara River. Expect to see several sites during your adventure, such as several historic buildings, an old growth forest, and picnic areas in De Veaux Woods State Park. It’s the perfect place to stop and have lunch in the shade! Further down the trail you’ll come across Devil’s Hole State Park with scenic lookouts that will leave you speechless.


5. Lancaster Heritage Trail

Walter Winter Drive Lancaster, NY 14086 / More information

The Lancaster Heritage Trail encapsulates the beautiful scenery of the Lancaster countryside. Waves of greenery and the sweet melody of nature will make you succumb to the elements! This paved trail is approximately 4 miles long with plenty of benches for a place to relax. Plus, you’ll find kiosks that provide an insightful history of the trail dating back to the late 1800s.

6. Coastal path

Tonawanda, New York 14223 / More information

A summer breeze gently brushes your face as you turn to your loved one with a smile that will take you for miles. The Shoreline Trail is a hidden gem that presents the perfect scenic trip on Lake Erie. This wheelchair accessible trail runs along the Lake Erie waterfront. It’s paved and stretches for about 21 miles in distance, but as usual, feel free to turn around when it’s most convenient for you.

7. Cheektowaga Historic Rails to Trails

148 Medina Street Cheektowaga, NY 14206 / More information

If you love history and the great outdoors, this trail is for you. Stretching approximately 2.5 miles long, this smooth paved trail is wheelchair accessible and flat. Enter an enchanting forest setting that runs along the active trail line that was used to haul coal from Pennsylvania to New York at the time. This bodes well for history buffs who yearn for adventure!

8. North Buffalo Rails to Trails

520 Kenmore Avenue Buffalo, NY 14216 / More information

North Buffalo Rails to Trails is approximately 0.7 mile long along a paved trail cluttered with tall trees providing cool shade. This trail connects the LaSalle metro station to Shoshone Park; including several amenities such as picnic areas and a playground. Don’t hesitate to take a dip in the pool if you are looking to cool off during your trip! Not only is this trail wheelchair accessible, its relatively short distance bodes well for those looking for a brief adventure.

9. Two Mile Creek Green Trail

Two Mile Creek Road Tonawanda, NY 14150 / More information

This paved trail is wheelchair accessible and stretches just over a mile and a half. Begin your journey at East Park Drive, and as you venture along the creek you will come across Veteran’s Memorial Park, the perfect spot for a picnic! Continue along the trail and you will reach the Erie Canal Riverwalk which serves as the junction between Buffalo and Albany. All in all, this scenic adventure along Two Mile Creek is well worth it.

10. Lehigh Memorial Trail

86 South Long Street Williamsville, NY 14221 / More information

This paved trail runs through the heart of the village of Williamsville. It’s about a mile long round trip, as history unfolds before your eyes at the Williamsville depot. This historic railway depot was built in 1896; An integral part of the Erie Canal which established our city as an important center of industrial commerce. Over a hundred years later, those classic vibes still resonate today and await you to cherish them along this trail. A blast from the past!

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