Beaver Island Park to Nike Base trails, NY • Hike
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Beaver Island Park to Nike Base trails, NY

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Distance One Way 5 miles
Trailhead Elevation 583 feet
Elevation Gain -9 feet
Accumulated Gain 43 feet
Avg Time One Way 1.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 5.14
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7  2022-09-18 Mike_W
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Location Tucson, AZ
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walking the US/Canada border
by Mike_W

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This walk starts on the South end of Grand Island, New York, near Beaver Island State Park and follows the West River paved trail which used to be West River road a few years ago. It was decided to convert this road/highway into a walking path and bike path in 2018. This path continues all of the way to the North end of the island, on its West side, and connects with other trails on Grand Island.

The Niagara river flows North from Lake Erie to Lake Ontario and also serves as the border between the United States and Canada. Grand Island is situated on the river and on the US side. About 3 miles downstream from Grand Island is Niagara Falls. The currents can get pretty strong on the North end of the island.

If you parked in the small lot near West Oakfield Road, you will walk North until you reach a paved path that can be used for walking and biking. Turn left and follow this path along the river.

Going North, the walking path is on the left side, and the 2-way bike path is on the right side. There are some docks along the river which are all on private property to my knowledge. Across the river is Canada.

Follow this path North for approximately 5 miles. Cross West River road and look for an entrance into the woods which marks the start of the Nike Base trails which also connect to the Margery Gallogly Nature Sanctuary. For a shorter walk, turn around at any point and walk back to where you parked.

If you parked at the West River Overlook, you can walk the path North about 1,000 feet until you see a paved path leading East toward West river road. Cross West River road and look for an entrance into the woods which marks the start of the trails mentioned above.

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2022-09-18 Mike_W

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    To hike
    From the Buffalo area, take I-190 North onto Grand Island. There's an EZ Pass toll here which can be paid online also. Once on Grand Island, take exit 18B toward Beaver Island/State Park. Continue at (**).

    From the Niagara Falls area or Canada take I-190 North onto Grand Island. There's an EZ Pass toll here which can be paid online also. After roughly 4.5 miles, take exit 18 toward Beaver Island/State Park. Continue at (**).

    (**) Follow the Beaver Island parkway 2.7 miles to a circle. Once at the circle, stay right and merge onto West River Parkway. Continue for 0.5 miles and turn Left on W Oakfield Road. Continue for 200 feet and there should be a parking lot to the right. If this lot is full, turn back the way you came and drive North 300 feet and you will reach East Oakfield Road. Turn left, continue for 0.6 miles and this road will become West river road. Continue another 4 miles on West river road and follow the signs to West river overlook and park in this lot.
    page created by Mike_W on Sep 18 2022 6:16 pm

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