Buckhorn State Park, NY • Hike

Buckhorn State Park, NY

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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
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Distance Loop 4.9 miles
Trailhead Elevation 568 feet
Elevation Gain 11 feet
Accumulated Gain 46 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 1.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 5.13
Interest Perennial Creek
Backpack Possible - Not Popular
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38  2022-09-09 Mike_W
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Age 50 Male Gender
Location Tucson, AZ
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Seasons   Spring to Autumn
Sun  6:57am - 5:02pm
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under the bridge, through the woods, and along a peninsula
by Mike_W

This hike starts on the North end of Grand Island along the Niagara river, follows the river, and goes out to a peninsula that extends part way out to the Niagara river. The currents are very strong in this area as Niagara falls is only about 3 miles downstream.

The currents are very strong here and it would not be a good idea to swim anywhere along this trail. There are a few signs and warnings that indicate this. Niagara falls is only about 3 miles downstream.

From the parking area, walk West and follow a wide trail going into the forest. After about 0.2 miles you will see a clearing and have a better view of the Niagara River to your right. After about 0.5 miles you will walk across a bridge that crosses a stream. This is a popular fishing area.

Continue on the trail and after 1.2 miles you will reach the North Grand Island bridge. Walk under the bridge and the trail will curve a bit to the left. Shortly, you'll see a junction. Take the right branch which goes to the West. Follow this trail until you have traveled roughly 1.9 miles. You will see a small short trail that goes straight to the water, with a clearing. There is a metal mailbox here in a tree that contains a registry. If you instead turn to the right, you can continue for 1/4 mile further or less to the end of the peninsula.

From this point, looking West you can see the mist of Niagara Falls, looking North across the water is the city of Niagara Falls, looking East you will see the Grand Island bridge that goes North to Niagara Falls. To return, take the trail back the entire way that you came, or for a nice loop, pass the Grand Island bridge on the way back and stay to your right. The path follows the highway for almost 1/2 mile and then there is a trail heading East to a parking area. This is another possible place to park. Keep following the trail and you will reach a road. Walk the shoulder of the road back to where you parked to complete the loop. About 1/4 from the endpoint, there's another parking area on the North side of East West Park Road (also known as River Road).

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2022-09-09 Mike_W
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    Paved - Car Okay

    To hike
    From Buffalo, Grand Island, and all points South, take I-190 North and take Exit 20 (Long road). Take a left on Grand Island Blvd (Route 324), continue 500 feet to Long Road, turn right and continue for 1.1 miles. Make a left on Baseline road and take that North for 0.7 miles. Make a left on East river road and take that for 0.1 miles. Turn right and look for a small parking area next to a trailhead.

    From Niagara Falls, Canada, and all points North, take I-190 South onto Grand Island. Take Exit 20 B (Long road). Continue East for 1.1 miles on Long Road. Make a left on Baseline road and take that North for 0.7 miles. Make a left on East river road and take that for 0.1 miles. Turn right and look for a small parking area next to a trailhead.
    page created by Mike_W on Sep 09 2022 8:19 pm

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