North Tonawanda Youth Center

WNY Hiking and Walking Trails

Take a hike!!

WNY has so many offerings for you and your family when it comes to getting outside and moving. 

I'll be reviewing various hiking and walking trails weekly to allow you to make an educated decision on what will be right for you, 

If you have any questions about any specific park or trail, please email me and I will do my best to get you the answers you seek.


WNY Hiking Project

This will give you great comprehensive view of various hikes and walk available to you throughout WNY. 

Outside Chronicles

Facebook page that offers great tips to local hikes including up to the minute info on trail conditions and closings. 

WNY Hiking Challenge

Sign up with your family and friends to challenge yourself to get out there to hike some of the local trails. Complete the challenge and get yourself a cool patch and sticker to show off your accomplishment to your friends. 

If you have any questions regarding any of the trails we review, please do not hesitate to email us and we'll do our best to get you the answer you seek. 

Michelle's Video Reviews

  • Artpark Review - Earl W. Brydges State Park

Earl W. Brydges trail map

Niagara Gorge Trail Map

Trail Notes:

  • 20 minute drive from North Tonawanada (Directions)
  • Beautiful views of the Niagara River and the Queenston Bridge
  • Easy to moderate hike. Stair climb can be avoided by backtracking
  • May not be suitable for children under 5
  • Dogs permitted on leash
  • Pic-nic benches available


  • Lockport Nature Trail Review 

John B. Austin Nature Trail info

Trail Notes:

  • 25 Minute drive from North Tonawanda (Directions)
  • Easy hike (walk) suitable for ALL AGES from tikes to seniors
  • Historic Trees located in the park
  • Dogs allowed off leash
  • Open from dawn 'til dusk
  • Free entry
  • Benches available for resting and taking in the scenery

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  • Buckhorn State Park Review

Buckhorn Island State Park Trail Map

Trail Notes:

15 Minute drive from North Tonawanda (Directions)

• Open from dawn 'til dusk

• Free entry
• Dogs are allowed
• Safe and appropriate for all ages and skill levels
• No bathroom facilities
• 2-mile walk to the peninsula for some great views


  • Royaltine Ravine Review

Royaltine Ravine Trail Map

Royaltine Ravine Info

Trail Notes:

  • 30-minute drive from North Tonawanda (Directions)
  • Open from 7am until 9pm
  • Dogs are allowed on leash
  • Bathroom facilities are located near the parking area
  • Trail is between 2 to 3 mile out and back hike.
  • Appropriate for ages 5 and up. There are some tripping hazards and

you'll want to keep the younger ones close to you when hiking close to the ravine's edge.

  • There are spaces to have lunch outside of the wooded trail area

2 thumbs up. A great destination for you and the family.

Located Nearby:

Lake Effect Ice Cream


  • Reinstein Woods Review

Reinstein Woods Trail Map

Reinstein Woods Info

Trail Notes:

  • Located 25 minutes from North Tonawanda in Depew (Directions)
  • Open from dawn to dusk
  • Free Entry
  • Dogs and Bicycles PROHIBITED
  • Appropriate for ALL AGES
  • Bathroom facilities currently closed
  • Multiple Trails throughout the park
  • The outer loop of the park is a 2.8-mile trail

2 very enthusiastic thumbs up!

Located Nearby:

Green Acres Ice Cream


  • 18 Mile Creek County Park Review

18 Mile Creek County Park Trail Map

Buffalo News article

Trail Notes:

  • 45-minute drive from North Tonawanda in Hamburg (Directions)
  • Open from dawn to dusk
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • No bathroom facilities
  • Limited parking spots at the trailhead so be careful as I've heard the town has been ticketing cars that aren't in actual spots
  • While it is a mostly easy hike, there are some strenuous climbs and some tripping hazards so I'm saying it may not be appropriate for children under 7. But this depends on your skill level and comfort. If you're a beginner, please, just take caution. I'm stressing the importance of proper footwear due to some click areas.
  • Various trails allow for adjustment to the miles you'd like to hike.

  • 2 thumbs up for the beautiful views and lovely soundtrack.

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