The Pat McGee Trail
The Pat McGee Trail is the
first phase (12.14 miles of abandoned rail bed) to create a
multi-use trail from Allegany State Park to Gowanda and Zoar
Valley. The second phase has already commenced with the extension
of this trail system to the edge of the Village of
Cattaraugus. As the railroad discontinues use
of contiguous routes. The construction of the trailhead
parks within the downtown areas of villages along the trail.
To date the CLDC and
community volunteers have accomplished
- Obtained fee simple
ownership of 12.14 miles of rail bed.
- Applied for and awarded two grants (NYS Parks and
Recreation for a Trailhead in the Village of Little Valley
and TEA-21 NYS DOT grant for development of the trail.)
- Raised over $2,000,000 in
grants, private funds, donations and in-kind services.
- Designed, rebuilt, re-decked
660 feet of bridges, graded and landscaped the trail.
Five Parking Areas
feet of drainage pipe
feet of ditch cleaning
square feet of wood bridge decking
feet of hand railing
tons of riprap
tons of crushed gravel
square feet of signage
of 27,000 tons of earthwork was completed
Along the Trail:
of the interesting sights along the trail include: rock
formations, eco-communities, wildlife (150 species of birds, 41
species of mammals, 170 species of trees and plants), vistas and
30th, 2001 County Chronicle - Former Railroad
Station Site in Little Valley has New Use.
6th, 2000 County Chronicle - S.T.A.R.T.
announces winner of contest, future plans of the
1st, 2000 Special-E-Fects - Wheelbarrow of
Booze - Cattaraugus Resident Winner of Southern Tier
Association for Rails-to-Trails Wheelbarrow of Booze
14th, 2000 The Salamanca Press - CLDC honored
for innovation in Iroquois Recreation Trail plans.
22nd, 2000 The Salamanca Press -
Balloon launch signals 'S.T.A.R.T.' of rails-to-trails
project in LV. By Laura Howard
21st, 2000 The Post-Journal - Residents
Celebrate Opening of Recreational Trail. By Sharon
22, 2000 County Chronicle - Recreational
Trail receives $1.5 million grant.
21, 2000 Special-E-Fects - Rails to Trails
Receives Grant Money.
19, 2000 The Times Herald - State Funding
drives Rails to Trails project full steam ahead. By
19, 2000 The Salamanca Press -
S.T.A.R.T. receives $1.5M for rails-to-trails project.
By Laura Howard
15, 2000 The Post-Journal - State OKs Money for
Trail. By Sharon Turano
17th, 2000 The Post-Journal -
Rail Line Sale is Approved by Cattaraugus IDA. By
26, 2000 County Chronicle - Southern
Tier Association for Rails-to-Trails and CLDC to Receive
NYS Recreational Trails Grant.
25, 2000 Special-E-Fects - NYS
Recreational Trails Grant to be Awarded.
18-20, 2000 The Salamanca Press -
S.T.A.R.T. to receive grant funds for trailhead.
23rd, 2000 Olean Times Herald - State
grant to fund recreation area near Little Valley trail.
By Rick Jozwiak
18, 2000 The Buffalo News - START
announces grant for trailhead. By Kathy Kellogg
28, 1999 The Post- Journal - Cattaraugus
Rails-to-Trails Application Clears Hurdle By the
29th, 1999 The Times Herald - Funding
process for trail clears another hurdle. By Rick
15, 1999 The Times Herald - Trail
officials seek $1.2 million grant. By Rick
10, 1999 County Chronicle -
S.T.A.R.T. Submits Grant Application.
9, 1999 The Salamanca Press - START
seeks $1.3 million for recreation trail. By
9, 1999 Special-E-Fects -Rails-to-Trails
; A project of Great Magnitude Sure to Benefit
Ski and Entertainment Guide - Year-round trail
from abandoned rail in the works.