Westside Overland Trail - Trail, Chautauqua County, York

Westside Overland Trail - Trail, Chautauqua County, York

DESCRIPTION

a hiking trail, that runs from ATV path to narrow single track, and runs thru some fun evergreen forest (if you take the southern path from the parking lot). There are even a couple of "lean-to's" for overnight stays. The trail is maintained by the county, and it posts things that are not allowed on it, and bikes are not on the list!

USER REVIEWS

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[Aug 10, 2015]
awkinney
Cross Country Rider

This is a 24 mile trail that extends from the Brokenstraw state forest to the Chautauqua gorge, (or vice versa). Maps can be found here http://www.co.chautauqua.ny.us/732/Fred-J-Cusimano-Westside-Overland-Trail. Its not overly technical though there are some steep 30% + grade descents and ascents, some gnarly root gardens, and some very old very shaky bridges. If you can get someone to drop you off the trail is a fantastic cross country route. The lean-to in the mt pleasant state forest has a water pump, which I sure hope is potable because I have filled up there many times. ******There is a section of trail that is currently closed!!***** This is around section 'I' on the trail map near the 86 under pass, normally (heading northward) the trail crossed bates rd, continues along side a field, runs parallel to 86 then cross under the freeway via wait corners. With the closure you need to continue along bates road and turn right(north) on wait corners and look for the trail sign north of 86. If you are heading south you exit the trail onto wait corners road, turn left, continue to bates road, turn left and continue (uphill) until you see the continuation trail on your right leading into a big field. Also one time heading south through the Mt Pleasant state forest I had to abandon because the trail was too swampy (like up past my knees in muck)

Similar Products Used:

Earl Cadot Eastland Overaland trail
Harris Hill Extension

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4
VALUE
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3
[May 17, 2015]
Richard
Weekend Warrior

Really nice trail, hills that were challenging, downhills that are fun and some flat spots as well. Pretty muddy today but still very good. You do have to get on the road at times but a great ride. Will go back.

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3
VALUE
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4
[Nov 22, 2009]
Bodie6
Cross Country Rider

The Westside Overland trail offers any cross-country rider plenty of excitement and challenges. While it is not as challenging as Eville, there are plenty of roots and rocks to mix things up. In my opinion, the fun-factor on the Westside trail surpasses that of Eville. Although there isn't as much singletrack, there are plenty of spots where you can get some good air. Plus, the mogul hills are really fun. Some of the downhills are quite fast, and the uphill climbs keep the blood pumping without making you keel over. What makes this trail stand out, however, is the gorgeous scenery and excellent camp sites. If you like verdure ferns, the smell of pine mingling in the air, winding streams with boulders, and mossy logs everywhere you look, then this is the trail for you.

Customer Service

There are two routes that I recommend. The first starts at Point A (by the Chautauqua Gorge) and runs down to Point G (at Titus Road). Once you reach Titus Road, take a right, go straight through 430, and take a right onto the Rails to Trails. The rails to trails will basically take you back up to point A. It's a nice smooth ride, and it offers some great scenery. Chautauqua Gorge offers some beautiful scenery as well, and it has some nice campsites for those who are spending the night. The place is relatively quiet, and if you don't feel like spending the whole time biking, then there are plenty of trails that you can hike down to the water. Gorgeous area.

The second starts at Point M and runs down to Point S (the end). This route is more challenging, and it is more beautiful than the first route (if that's possible). The closer you get to Point S, the more it seems like you entered some enchanted forest. The experience is one that you will truly remember. Once you get to Point S, you can turn around and go back to Point M. The lean-to has fresh water, and it's a nice place to take a break. Unfortunately, Point H to Point K is not much fun.

Similar Products Used:

Rails to Trails and the Eastside Overland Trail.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Feb 25, 2008]
Not The Kook, from Cleveland
Cross Country Rider

This trail is an excellent trail for beginner, intermediate to advanced (distance) riders. The trail is well maintained with improvements like bridges and gravel in the areas to fix water issues. It is nearly impossible to get lost, and maps are available at various check in kiosks along the trail. The intire length is over 20 miles. The trail intersects a railtrail at runs from Sherman ny, thru Mayville and beyond. Camping sites are available along the way, with well water pumps that don't taste too bad. A very wide variety of terain is encountered along the entire route. Not very busy, rarely seeing other bikes while out.

Customer Service

I like the southern parts of this trail the most, the middle (north and south of Sherman) are mostly farm fields, the north end takes you up to the Chautauqua Gourge which is worth checking out. (hike down to it)

Similar Products Used:

Ellicotteville/Salamanca

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RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jul 21, 2003]
nytro
Weekend Warrior

I have riden south of 430 many times, so this year I rode north of 430 to the end of the trail at the parking area for the Chautauqua gorge. Heading north is a shorter ride, but a more challanging ride! The trail is more rolling heading this way. I ended up having to walk up a few hills, due to being out of biking shape this summer, but I still enjoyed it. The trail was a little wet, with the wettest part being in an open field area that you pass through.

Customer Service

Park at the trail head parking lot on rt. 430, midway between Mayville and Sherman, and cross 430 and stay on the trail, you'll see plenty of no tresspassing signs to make sure you stay on the trail.

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RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
2
[Nov 09, 2001]
Nytro

The trail isn't overly challanging, but you will find a few nice down hills, with the accompaning longer up hills that always seem to follow. Most of the water crossings have wood bridges. I have only riden the trail from Mayville to Sherman, but I hope to go to the state line next summer (while there for vacation). You will also find a little lake/big pond near Sherman which provides a nice place to catch your breath after a nice long downhill on some doubletrack (with some nice air oppertunities in between the doubletrack). The area with the evergreen forest is about 1 mile from the parking area towards Sherman. This area has alot of tree roots in it, and the trail is hard to follow in there, so watch for the "trail blazes" on the trees. After you leave the forest area you head downhill on some nice "open" singletrack which leads to a short step hill with a lot of rocks, roots, and ruts. From there the ride gets fun.

Customer Service

Take rt. 430 approx. 3-5 miles west of Mayville to the trailhead/parking lot. Cross 430 for the northern part, or hit the trail at the east end of the parking area (this will take you towards the town of Sherman).

Similar Products Used:

I don't know of any others in the area, but would like any recommendations!

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3
VALUE
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[Oct 02, 2002]
Jeremy

The trail, now known as the Fred J. Cusimano Westside Overland Trail, isn't very technical but there are enough ups and downs to keep you entertained (and breathing hard).

Customer Service

The ride north from the Rt. 430 parking lot is too short (and boring). Go south for a fast and scenic riding.

Similar Products Used:

On the other side of the county there is the Eastside Overland Trail. I don't like it as much, but it is slightly longer (I think 26 miles) and worth checking out.

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4
VALUE
RATING
[May 04, 2003]
Scott

This trail is not a loop, rather an out and back. It starts between Sherman and Mayville NY and ends up in Panama NY. You will ride everything from single track, fire roads, farmers fields, deep rutted pine forests, etc. The state of New York is to be commended for allowing such a diverse trail to exist. There are areas where you will enter private property, and must climb a small wooden ladder to get over barb wire fences. This is legal, and has been arranged through negotiations betweeen the trail builders and land owners. As of the last full week of April, the trail was very wet in spots, especially nearing the end of the trail, approximately 8 miles from Panama NY.

Customer Service

Start at trail head at Route 430 parking lot between Sherman and Mayville

Similar Products Used:

All of the riding available in Elicottville, NY, near Holliday Valley Ski resort.

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3
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