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Pat McGee Trail: South of Little Valley and North of Salamanca, NY

The Enchanted Mountains are home to many biking adventures. From paved trails through the Park to converted Railways to rougher terrain perfect for mountain biking. Bikers of all ages and experiences will find the right trail for them right here!  Join in the competition and test your skills and endurance during one of the mountain bike races held on the slopes and trails around Ellicottville.  Or simply bike around the Allegheny River Trail, Allegany State Park or the Pat McGee Trail.

Paved Biking Trails

The Allegheny River Trail is 6.2 miles of paved trail that runs along the Allegheny River and crosses over the western end of Olean, New York and through St. Bonaventure University.  This one is great for beginners and/or a nice family ride. There are many benches to sit, kick up your feet and watch the river flow by.

Bicyclists on the Allegheny River Valley Trail

Download the Allegheny River Valley Trail Map

Rent adult bikes (helmets included) at Twist & Shake, located right on the Allegheny River Valley Trail!  Cost is $6.50/hour/bike.  Phone number is (716) 373-0806.  Read more about the Twist & Shake here. 

Allegany State Park offers miles of paved and unpaved trails to either hike or bike. The paved trail circles the Red House area of the park, while the unpaved trails are scattered throughout the park.

Ladies riding bicycles on paved bike trail at Allegany State Park

Downloads the Allegany State Park Visitors' Map

The Pat McGee Trail

Originally a branch of the Erie Railroad line in 1851, this path was converted as a part of the Rails-to-Trails campaign.  This trail is ideal for the adventurous beginner or anyone looking for a scenic ride (many animals present) and runs approximately 12.14 miles.

Pat McGee Trail-Eyes in the Sky Productions

Download the McGee Trail Map

Road Cycling

Holiday Valley Resort has created some fun cycling routes.

State Bicycle Route 17

Part of the 442 mile, marked bike path going all the way from Wappingers Falls (near Poughkeepsie) to the town of Westfield, crossing almost the entire state!  Our portion runs quite parallel to Interstate 86, following route 417.  This may be for the more ambitious and it does follow shared highways.

Download from the NYS Dept. of Transportation

Southern Tier Route

This route crosses several southern counties of New York State, as well as parts of Pennsylvania, Connecticut and New Jersey. It passes through 10 towns and covers 58 miles.

Erie Mohawk Trail

This trail crosses several northern counties of New York State. It starts at the state border in Rensselaer County and exits at the Pennsylvania border in Chautauqua County.

Bikecentennial Route

This route runs from Iowa to Maine. It enters our County at the Allegany/Cattaraugus County border, travels 55.3 miles and exits south at the New York State/Pennsylvania border, near Onoville Marina.

Bike Rentals

Bikes can by rented by the Allegheny River Valley Trail at the Twist & Shake, located right on the Allegheny River Valley Trail (On Constitution Ave)!  Cost is $6.50/hour/bike.  Phone number is (716) 373-0806.  Read more about the Twist & Shake here.  Rent adult bikes (helmets included).  

Bike Rentals are available during the summer season at Allegany State Park in the Red House Area side, down by the boat rentals.  They (along with SUP, kayaks, paddleboats, etc) can be rented out as the weather permits from April through middle of Oct and cost is $8.95 for the first hour, $8 for additional hours.  There are different sizes for the whole family and Mountain Bikes are available to try out at the Art Roscoe Trail Area (Summit area). Call 716-354-9282. 

Mountain bike rentals are available at the Tamarack Club of Holiday Valley Resort. $25 for up to 4 hours or $35 for more than 4 hours. Plus tax. The Mountain bikes are Felt 980's with hydraulic disc brakes. Cruiser bikes are available at the Inn at Holiday Valley for the same rates. Call (716) 699-2345.

Mountain Biking

Take to the woods on Holiday Valley's Mountain Biking Trails. The 4-5 mile "race loop" starts at the Holiday Valley Training Center and goes to the top of Cindy's. From there it goes across the ridge line of the resort where you can choose to ride the wider and more forgiving cross country trails or skinny winding singletrack to the top of Eagle, Cochran Pond at the top of Morning Star, and into the Tannenbaum area.  Signs will direct you.  For the adventurous, there are plenty of single track trails off the main route. At Eagle or Tannenbaum you can venture out across the logging roads behind the Valley and on to the 35+ miles of WYMBA trails in the State Forest.  It's all pedal power at Holiday lift service, and no charge to use the trails. Please remember these common sense rules...wear a helmet, ride with a friend, bring a map and stay off the golf course and Sky High Adventure Park.

Golden Hill State Forest has a well thought out twisty single track that is well maintained and marked.  Golden Hill Road is off Rt. 98, 5 miles north of Great Valley's main intersection. 

HoliMont has a number of dirt roads for biking during off season.

Map for Mountain Biking in Ellicottville

An excellent guide to mountain biking in the area has been prepared by WNYMBA. Copies are available at the resort and at the Bike and Bean Shop in Ellicottville. Proceeds benefit WNYMBA and their trail building projects.  (Try one of Bike & Bean's awesomely delicious burritos while you're there!)

Ellicottville Bike and Bean Shop. 11 Martha St., Ellicottville, 716-699-BIKE.

Western New York Mountain Biking Association

View the Mountain Bike page.

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