Map of the Chautauqua Rails to Trails


Chautauqua Rails to Trails

Chautauqua Rails to Trails New York map area

Chautauqua Rails to Trails


20 miles


unpaved - natural, compacted stone


Sherman, Mayville Brockton


rail trail, woodlands, wetlands, Chautauqua Lake


Erie to Pittsburgh Trail

Erie, PA

Regional Trails

The Chautauqua Rails to Trails is a collection of unpaved pathways located between Sherman and Brocton in Western New York State. The trails are located along an abandoned railroad corridor that wanders through this beautiful portion of the state. The trails travel though thick hardwood forests, past wetlands and rural communities.

The separate trail sections total 20 miles with a route of 28.6 miles.The longest mostly continuous section is around 13 miles long, with a short gap in Mayville.

A section of the trail system goes though Mayville on the north end of Chautauqua Lake where there is an historic railroad depot.  There are also numerous creek crossings and a good chance of encountering local wildlife.

The Chautauqua Rails to Trails is one section of the Erie to Pittsburgh Trail system that is a collection of recreational trails and designated roadways. The route of the Erie To Pittsburgh Trail travels mostly through Pennsylvania and extends from Lake Erie to Downtown Pittsburgh.


The Chautauqua Rails to Trails are not paved and have a natural surface for much of the route with some improved sections of compacted crushed stone. The trails are suitable for mountain bikes, hiking and running.

There are a few gaps in the route where trail users will need to use local roads to reach the next section.


The Chautauqua Rails to Trails go past the following communities: Sherman, Mayville and Brocton.

End Points

There are several separate sections of the Chautauqua Rails to Trails with connections along local roads.

The southwest end of the entire trail system is located along Franklin Street to the south of Main Street in Sherman. The section of the trail within Sherman is about a mile long and ends at County Road 302 near Kendrick Street.

The trail starts up again at Titus Road to the east of Kendrick Road to the north of Sherman. This 4.3 mile long section ends at Summerdale Road to the south of Hannum Road.

The trail picks up again along Hannum Road near Bentley road to the west of Mayville. There is a short gap in the trail at the north end of Lake Chautauqua. This section ends at a point to the northeast of Thayer Road and south of Ellicott Road.

Another mile long stretch of the trail is located on the south side of Brocton. The northeast end is located at the end of School Street and the trail extends to Webster Road.


Following are links to official off-site resources to find out more details about the Chautauqua Rails to Trails in Western New York.