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Bird Island Pier, NY

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Distance Round Trip 3 miles
Trailhead Elevation 569 feet
Elevation Gain 9 feet
Accumulated Gain 21 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 1 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 3.11
 Interest Historic
 Backpack No
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50  2022-09-12 Mike_W
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Seasons   Spring to Autumn
Sun  7:24am - 5:36pm
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by Mike_W

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Bird Island pier is a concrete pier that starts from just South of Broderick Park in Buffalo, NY, and continues South for approximately 1.4 miles, roughly following the shoreline. From the pier, there are nice views of the Buffalo waterfront, Canada, various marinas and bridges, and even a wrecked barge that has been there for many decades. It is necessary to cross an old historic drawbridge to get to the pier.

Park at the South end of Broderick Park and walk South to the start of the pier. There are guard rails on both sides and the pier is usually several feet above the water level. You will see views of the Peace bridge to your South which leads across to Canada. The pier continues under the Peace bridge and far beyond it. Along the walk, depending on the time of the year, you will likely see seagulls and ducks.

Canada is to the West. The Buffalo waterfront is to the East, and to the far South is the massive Lake Erie, which is one of the Great Lakes. Keep walking South and you will reach the peace bridge in roughly 0.5 miles. The end of the pier is about 1.4 miles from Broderick Park and has a fence barrier around it. It's recommended to turn around at the fence barrier and walk back the way you came.

Beyond the fence barrier, there's a concrete wall that continues past the end of the pier that appears to be only about 1 to 1.5 feet wide. On a dry non-windy day when the water is calm, it may be possible to walk part of this wall, but be warned. The water may be deep on either side of the wall and the currents in this area can sometimes be rough. I have walked part of this wall in the past but turned around because there are areas that appear crumbling, eroded, and/or wet. Proceed at your own risk!

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2022-09-12 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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    From Niagara Falls and points North, take I-190 South to Exit 14 (Ontario Street / Niagara Street). Turn right onto Niagara Street. Continue for 1.1 miles and turn right to stay onto Niagara Street. Continue for 1.0 miles and turn right on Robert Rich Way, then continue at (**) below.

    From Buffalo and points South, take I-190 North to Exit 9 toward Niagara Street. After exiting just keep straight. You will be on Sheridan Terrace, Busti Ave, and eventually Niagara Street, all going in the same direction. Roughly 0.7 miles after exiting the highway, turn left on Robert Rich Way, then continue at (**) below.

    (**) Continue for 0.1 miles and cross the Black Rock Canal Drawbridge. If you are lucky (or unlucky depending on your perspective), you may see the drawbridge raise up to let a boat by. There are few of these drawbridges left in the United States as far as I'm aware. Once across the bridge, turn left and continue to a parking area.
    page created by Mike_W on Sep 12 2022 2:32 pm

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