Seneca Bluffs Natural Habitat Park

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Park Features


There are great outdoor activities to experience in all seasons.

  • Summer
    We can experience nature by hiking through the trails, photographing the animal kingdom or even taking out the fishing pole.
  • Winter:
    We can experience nature by snowshoeing through the hiking trails.

Park Facilities


The Seneca Bluffs Natural Habitat Park consists of approximately 15 acres of riparian floodplain located in a heavily urbanized area along the Buffalo River. Historically, the site had mixed use including farming.

Seneca Bluffs was identified in 1994 as one of five unique and critical habitat areas in need of protection. The site provides habitat for a wide variety of flora and fauna, and is part of a larger wildlife corridor along the river. Seneca Bluffs is also to become part of the future Buffalo River Greenway Trail. Seneca Bluffs also is less than 2 miles from Tifft Nature Preserve and is located within the Great Lakes migratory bird flyway.

Habitat types include a floodplain island, seasonally flooded wetland, forested floodplain, upland meadow, and 2500 linear feet of shoreline. A large diversity of migratory birds, wading birds, and waterfowl make use of the site. Problems include the domination of ~85% of the site by invasive and non-native plants and areas of the shoreline are actively eroding.

Initial habitat restoration activities were completed by Erie County DEP in 2004 which consisted of: debris removal and site re-grading, installation of a native warm season grass meadow, upland riparian, seasonal aquatic depression, and installation of a gravel trail and a parking area.

Information is courtesy of Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper (

Park Information

Near the Seneca Street Bridge, between Elk Street and Avon Place| Buffalo, NY


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Modified: June 24, 2016 4:19pm


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Phone: (716) 858-8355

Erie County Parks, Recreation & Forestry
Edward A. Rath County Office Building
95 Franklin Street, Rm 1260
Buffalo, New York 14202