Pat McGee Trail

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View to the Pat McGee Trail head in Little Valley

You can hike, bike, ride a snowmobile or ride horse on the Pat McGee Trail. This mile multi-purpose 12.2 trail will grow to be a county-wide system but at this time it connects 7 municipalities together (the Village of Cattaraugus to the City of Salamanca).

Be Safe, Walk with a Friend sign
Interpretive Stop 1 sign along the Pat McGee Trail
Picnic Shelter at the trail head to the Pat McGee Trail in Little Valley

On the trail, you can enjoy quiet contact with nature on the Pat McGee trail. It offers woodlands, wetlands, and green-space that is home to a wide variety of animals, birds, and vegetation. The trail has six bridges that cross several streams. The longest bridge is over 100 feet in length. Signage along the way explains geology of the area, historic areas, conservation projects, and wildlife.

There are five trailheads. The major trailhead, with a small community park consisting of a picnic shelter and two gazebos, is located in the Village of Little Valley. This trailhead is approximately halfway between Allegany State Park and Zoar Valley. The only section of the trail that is paved is from this trailhead south to the Little Valley Community Recreational Park. The rest of the trail is composed of an aggregate over the original rail-bed.

The bio-diversity of the trail has been identified, having:

  • 9 unique eco-systems
  • 41 mammal species
  • 150 species of birds
  • 174 species of plants, and trees.
  • There are 10 different geological phenomena along the trail including a continental divide.
  • Because the trail runs down the spine of the county, numerous horse and snowmobile trails intersect and loop off the trail (the trail is corridor #1A on the NYS Snowmobile network). The North Country National Scenic Trail, Bi-Centennial Bike Trail and the Finger Lakes Trail all cross the Pat McGee Trail.
  • Interpretive educational signs were placed along the trail.

Downloads

Download the Pat McGee Trail map

Activities Downloads

The Pat McGee Trail is great for the following activities:

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Top 10 site for Steelhead Fishing

Cattaraugus Creek has been listed in the top 10 sites for Steelhead Fishing (rainbow trout fishing) by 2 outdoor magazines. Steelhead Trout AKA Rainbow trout are very similar to Salmon in both taste and habits. Unlike other areas of the United States, our native Rainbow trout (Steelhead Trout) spend a majority of time in Lake Erie a freshwater lake and spawn in the Cattaraugus Creek and other tributaries.

The following is from the New York State Dept. of Environmental Conservation's article "Steelhead Fishing in Lake Erie Tributaries"

Lake Erie's tributary streams, both big and small, receive an annual run of migratory rainbow trout called "steelhead." From October through April, thousands of steelhead ascend New York's Lake Erie tributaries on their mission to spawn. Excellent fishing opportunities await any angler who wishes to try their hand at steelhead fishing. Between the acrobatic leaps, long drag-screaming runs and rod quaking head shakes, the fight of an early run steelhead is a truly exhilarating experience.

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