The Enchanted Mountains are home to many biking adventures. From paved trails through the Park to converted Railways to rougher terrain perfect for mountain biking, bikers of all ages and experiences will find the right one for them. Join in the competition and test your skills and endurance during one of the mountain bike races held on the slopes and trails around Ellicottville. Or simply bike around the Allegheny River Trail, Allegany State Park or the Pat McGee Trail.
Paved Biking Trails
The Allegheny River Trail is 5.6 miles of paved trail that runs along the Allegheny River and crosses over the western end of Olean, New York and through St. Bonaventure University. This one is great for beginners.
Allegany State Park offers miles of paved and unpaved trails to either hike or bike. The paved trail circles the Red House area of the park, while the unpaved trails are scattered throughout the park.
The Pat McGee Trail
Originally a branch of the Erie Railroad line in 1851, this path was converted as a part of the Rails-to-Trails campaign. This trail is ideal for the adventurous beginner or anyone looking for a scenic ride (many animals present) and runs approximately 12.14 miles.
State Bicycle Route 17
Part of the 442 mile, marked bike path going all the way from Wappingers Falls (near Poughkeepsie) to the town of Westfield, crossing almost the entire state! Our portion runs quite parallel to Interstate 86, following route 417. This may be for the more ambitious and it does follow shared highways.
Southern Tier Route
This route crosses several southern counties of New York State, as well as parts of Pennsylvania, Connecticut and New Jersey. It passes through 10 towns and covers 58 miles.
Erie Mohawk Trail
This trail crosses several northern counties of New York State. It starts at the state border in Rensselaer County and exits at the Pennsylvania border in Chautauqua County.
This route runs from Iowa to Maine. It enters our County at the Allegany/Cattaraugus County border, travels 55.3 miles and exits south at the New York State/Pennsylvania border, near Onoville Marina.
Take to the woods on Holiday Valley's Mountain Biking Trails. The 4-5 mile "race loop" starts at the Holiday Valley Training Center and goes to the top of Cindy's. From there it goes across the ridge line of the resort where you can choose to ride the wider and more forgiving cross country trails or skinny winding singletrack to the top of Eagle, Cochran Pond at the top of Morning Star, and into the Tannenbaum area. Signs will direct you. For the adventurous, there are plenty of single track trails off the main route. At Eagle or Tannenbaum you can venture out across the logging roads behind the Valley and on to the 35+ miles of WYMBA trails in the State Forest. It's all pedal power at Holiday Valley...no lift service, and no charge to use the trails. Please remember these common sense rules...wear a helmet, ride with a friend, bring a map and stay off the golf course and Sky High Adventure Park.
Golden Hill State Forest has a well thought out twisty single track that is well maintained and marked. Golden Hill Road is off Rt. 98, 5 miles north of Great Valley's main intersection.
HoliMont has a number of dirt roads for biking during off season.
Mountain bike rentals are available at the Inn at Holiday Valley. Call 716-699-2345.
An excellent guide to mountain biking in the area has been prepared by WNYMBA. Copies are available at the resort and at the Ellicottville Bike and Bean Shop in Ellicottville. Proceeds benefit WNYMBA and their trail building projects. (Try one of Bike & Bean's awesomely delicious burritos while you're there!)