The Shoreline Trail is a continuous multi-use pathway along Lake Erie and the Niagara River, within both Erie and Niagara Counties.
This page presents some portions of the Shoreline Trail:
Other sections of the Shoreline Trail:
Outer Harbor/Industrail HeritageTrail
Connections to regional and state trails:
The Beaches Section
Town of Evans
The Beaches sections of the Shoreline Trail consists of the construction of a multi-use pathway in the Town of Evans and Town of Brant. This is part of a larger effort to form a continuous multi-use pathway along Erie County's Lake Erie and Niagara River coast line.
This area of the County has a wealth of natural, recreational and scenic resources, predominantly running along Evans 13-mile Lake Erie shoreline. Six public parks provide access to Lake Erie including Sturgeon Point Marina, Wendt Beach Park, Bennett Beach, Evans Town Park, Lake Erie Beach and Evangola State Park. Additional assets include Frank Lloyd Wright’s Graycliff Estate, and numerous scenic vistas.
The proposed Evans Multi-use Pathway seeks to connect and expand access to these assets through the introduction of an alternative transportation infrastructure. The pathway will predominantly follow Old Lake Shore Road, a National Scenic Byway and be part of Great Lakes Seaway Trail extending along New York State’s coast line of Lake Erie, Niagara River and Lake Ontario.
To guide this development a concept plan was developed in 2003. Although some details may have changed since the creation of the plan, the overall concept and goal is the same.
Phase III -
Section A - Under Construction Now
Section B - Proposed
Phase I - Completed
Phase 1 is an eight foot wide, off road multiuse pathway extending approximately 1.5 miles from the County’s Wendt Beach Park to Bennett Beach Park, starting at Roat Drive (just south of Wendt Beach Park) parallel to Old Lakeshore Road in the Town of Evans. The trail opened in 2014. It was funded with a combination of federal, state, and county dollars.
Phase II - Under Construction
An 8 foot off road bicycle path will extend from Erie County’s Bennett Beach Park to the Evans Town Park parallel to Old Lakeshore Road in the Town of Evans. This is a distance of 1.5 miles. The project has been designed but construction is on hold pending road infrastructure investigations. The pathway is being funded through a combination of county and federal sources.
Sunset View Section (Bethlehem)
- Monday, October 29, 2018 - County Executive Mark Poloncarz Trail Open! post. Read the Press Release
- Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - County Executive Mark Poloncarz progress post
- Monday, August 20, 2018 - County Executive Mark Poloncarz progress post
- Wednesday, July 25, 2018 - County Executive Mark Poloncarz progress post
- Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - County Executive Mark Poloncarz progress post
- Monday, July 9, 2018 - County Executive Mark Poloncarz progress post
- Thursday, June 28,2018 - County Executive Mark Poloncarz progress post
- Thursday, May 31, 2018 - County Executive Mark Poloncarz breaking ground post
- Friday, February 9, 2018 - Phase 1 to bid
- Tuesday, July 25, 2017 - Erie County acquires 148 acres of the industrial site for redevelopment. Click here for specifics of the site
- Thursday, July 14, 2016 - Public Information Meeting. 4:30pm to 7:00pm, City of Lackawanna Council Chambers, 714 Ridge Rd, Lackawanna, NY.
Last updated: November 21, 2019 9:55am