Red Jacket Riverfront 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


There was a point in Buffalo’s history when the city was one of the largest and most powerful industrial centers in all the country, and the Buffalo River was at the epicenter of this industrial might. Ships once traveled up and down the river, servicing the numerous grain elevators, steel mills and other factories. It now seems hard to believe that heavy industry once dominated this urban river-scape, and all three sites were formerly utilized for industrial related uses. Although some industry does still exist and some ships do pass through, it is a fraction of its former use, and now fish, wildlife and vegetation have come back to reclaim their historical homes.

The area around the park site is former industrial lands and still shows signs of this former use. Urban neighborhoods that once were vibrant with factory workers living in the shadows of their employers, are now much less vibrant and many are in need of revitalization.

The Smith Street site is only a couple blocks south of busy South Park Avenue, and is easily accessible from the I-190 (Smith Street exit), yet is the most remote of the Buffalo River Parks. It is hidden from any major views by the former railroad berm (the rail bridge abutments are still visible), and is situated between two very active railroad lines.


These are some before and after photos of Red Jacket Riverfront Natural Park restoration showcasing the progress:

Red Jacket 2013-2015


Red Jacket Riverfront park before picture  Red Jacket view of bridge before picture  Red Jacket view of concrete central before picture


 Red Jacket 2017



Fall foliage at red jacket park  kayakers on water at red jacket park  view of water clean up at red jacket



Park Information

Foot of Smith Street| Buffalo, NY


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Modified: July 11, 2019 12:12pm


Frequently Requested Pages


Phone: (716) 858-8355

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