State Parks recently acquired the 12.1-mile, multi-use Pat McGee Trail in Cattaraugus County, which supports links to Allegany State Park in New York State and Allegany National Forest in Pennsylvania.
Covered under the State Environmental Protection Fund, the acquisition covers 192 acres that were once a former Erie-Lackawanna Railroad bed.
Connecting the city of Salamanca and the village of Cattaraugus, the Pat McGee Trail has connections with the current Finger Lakes Trail and the North Country Trail that link to the nearby State Park and National Forest. Named for former State Sen. Pat McGee, the trail contains six former rail bridges and is popular for bicycling, hiking, snowmobiling, and horseback riding.
The acquisition protects the property from potential commercial development.
More information is available online.
Photo of Pat McGee Trail provided.