Sometimes life can get hectic. The busy schedules, the crowded supermarkets, it can all get a little stressful from time to time. Sometimes it’s nice to just get away from it all for a while. Luckily, western New York is filled with trails where you can take a walk and be separated from all the hustle and bustle of everyday life. You can head out and enjoy the gorgeous views of forests, waterfalls and more! Here are a few of our favorite shorter hikes that WNY has to offer:
Tifft Nature Preserve:
Just minutes from downtown Buffalo, the Tifft Nature Preserve was once a landfill. Amazingly, it has since been turned into a beautiful 264-acre preserve that is perfect for hikers, birdwatchers and even fishermen. Take a walk along the trails and boardwalks to get a unique glimpse of nature along a backdrop of industrial buildings and Lake Erie.
Knox Farm State Park:
Located in East Aurora, Knox Farm State Park has trails that weave in and out of the woods. Formerly the estate of the Knox family, this is a great place to hike, horseback ride or cross-country ski in the wintertime. Best of all, Knox Farm is dog-friendly!
Located at Chestnut Ridge, this short but challenging hike provides some great views and scenery along the hike, but it is most well known for the breathtaking view of the eternal flame. A natural gas leak within a waterfall base, this beautiful naturally fueled flame is one of a kind.