Hike the Erie County Forest

In the southwest corner of Erie County, is the 3100 acre Erie County Forest Preserve. It is tucked away in the rising highlands that pitch down steeply southward to the east-flowing Cattaraugus Creek. Deep gullies have been cut into the hill slope.

The deep ravines in the forest are the work of two south-flowing streams, Hyler Creek in the forest's western section, and Dresser Creek in the eastern section. The gullies range in depth from 150 to 200 feet. Where the Hyler Creek gully narrows, it takes on the appearance of a gorge.

Two footpaths, the Silent Woods trail and the Scarbuck Trail, run in elongated loops almost the entire length of the county forest. They are also a part of the Conservation Trail.

We will meet in the main parking lot where the warming hut and restroom facilities are. We will be hiking the Scarbuck Trail (1.75 mile loop), the Scarbuck Extention Trail (1.25 mile loop) and the Silent Woods Trail (1.75 mile loop). Hike will be at a moderate to fast pace. Please wear appropriate footwear.

Both the Scarbuck and Silent Woods trail are accessible from Genesee Rd, midway between NY 16 on the east and NY 240 on the west.

Total Distance:  4.75 miles

Difficulty of terrain: Easy, with a few steep pitches

Leashed dogs are welcome.

Please forward the Liability Waiver to [masked]

http://www.buffalohikingclub.com/files/ReleaseOfLiability.pdf




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  • Beth L.

    Awesome hike again and another great group of people. I've learned so many new things, met so many new people & having so much fun in just 3 weeks!!! Hmm.. We forgot to sing... LOL...

    November 18, 2013

  • Karen P (Twin 2.

    This was a beautiful fall hike! We had temperatures in the 50's, and not a drop of rain. Small groups split off and went different directions on the trails, and we met up in the middle...it seemed to be the order of the day. :) It was nice hiking with old and new members. We even saw a deer....thankfully, nobody was shooting at it!
    Thanks, Susan, for organizing this hike!

    2 · November 17, 2013

    • Michael M

      I got that memo and respectfully decided not to bring my testosterone to the estrogen crew :-)

      November 18, 2013

    • Mary Ann G

      speaking of wimping out, i apologize that my dog held up the hike

      November 18, 2013

  • Becky R.

    Just wanted to thank all the hikers that were at Erie County Forestry today. It was my first encounter with the group and I enjoyed not only the hike but also the people. Thank you for making me feel welcome!

    2 · November 17, 2013

    • Karen P (Twin 2.

      I'm so glad to have met you, and I look forward to seeing you again soon!

      November 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    No rain, lots of mud, mild temps, old friends, new friends, estrogen flying...great day with the girls!!! I love hiking this park and had the best time with everyone today!

    3 · November 17, 2013

  • Chera T.

    Had a great time meeting a great group of hikers. Thanks to everyone who made this newbie feel welcome. See you again soon.

    3 · November 17, 2013

    • Karen P (Twin 2.

      It was a pleasure meeting you, and I hope to hike with you again soon!

      November 17, 2013

  • Mary Ann G

    sorry everyone...Abby slowed me down. I think that wet/cold mud was a bit much for her little stubby legs. It was so nice meeting some of you "newbies" hope to see all of you again.

    1 · November 17, 2013

  • Nancy W.

    Just want to make sure that you know I won't be there today!

    November 17, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sorry you weren't able to make the hike Nancy. We'll see you on another one soon!

      November 17, 2013

  • Mo H.

    It turned out to be a great day for a hike! Met some new people and some other BOM friends. Great day to be out in nature, got to see a few deer. It was wonderful to meet everyone and I look forward to another hike in the future.

    3 · November 17, 2013

  • Kenneth K.

    Becky's hike got canceled, bo ho ho:(

    November 16, 2013

    • Kenneth K.

      I would love to but your hike is full. I jumped the wrong way, oh we'll

      November 16, 2013

    • Beth L.

      People are dropping off Ken......

      November 17, 2013

  • mike D.

    Everybody on waitlist can move up. It will be a fun hike

    November 17, 2013

  • mike D.

    Sorry need to rest up feeling under rested today

    November 17, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sorry you're not feeling well Mike...too much hiking yesterday? Get well. See you soon!

      November 17, 2013

  • Nancy W.

    Gonna back out on this one and allow someone else to go. Next time...

    November 16, 2013

  • Michael M

    Some family issues popped up today, so wanted to free my spot up for someone on the waiting list. I hope you all have a great hike and get some great pictures.

    November 16, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks Michael...hope to see you soon.

      November 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Forecast for tomorrow, light rain and showers. Hike is still on.

    1 · November 16, 2013

  • Laurie G.

    Hello one other thing to think about is that shot gun deer hunting started today Nov.16th. Usually not a good time to be out here in the woods. Just a thought, if you go be sure to wear bright colors.

    November 16, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hikers and hunters can co-exist in the same enviroment.

      2 · November 16, 2013

  • Cecelia S.

    Not attending, but yes deer/bear season starts today ( other seasons were already open); this means deer slugs will be flying instead of buckshot. I always wear hunter orange when hiking in the Fall, especially on your head!

    November 16, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Good idea.

      1 · November 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looks like the weather isn't going to be cooperating for the hike. As per weather.com, there will be a 60% chance of rain, with possible thunderstorms and wind. I will keep my eye on the weather, as you know, it can change. I myself don't mind hiking in the rain, but if the thunderstorms and wind are severe enough, I will reschedule the hike. Sorry.

    2 · November 15, 2013

    • Karen P (Twin 2.

      You don't have to apologize on behalf of the weather. I'm pretty sure that is out of your control. :)

      2 · November 16, 2013

    • Mary Ann G

      I dont know karen, I think she should have ordered better weather LOL

      1 · November 16, 2013

  • Kenneth K.

    Becky may be doing a 14 mile hike this day with a smaller group that I enjoy May enjoy more than a large group. Thus I need to withdrawal from this hike

    November 13, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hopefully we'll see you soon Ken. Have fun on Rebecca's hike.

      November 13, 2013

  • Beth L.

    Any idea of the approximate length of the hike? I am in the process of scheduling an afternoon appointment & trying to ball park a time frame. Thanks..

    November 12, 2013

    • Beth L.

      Game on. bring your singing voices..

      1 · November 13, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      They'll be there!

      November 13, 2013

  • Becky R.

    Looking forward to hiking and learning.

    November 13, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Glad you'll be able to make the hike Becky. Looking forward to meeting you.

      November 13, 2013

  • Barbie L

    Susan Please bring an extra liability form for me too the morning of hike. I have issues with my computer (it's me). THANKS.

    November 6, 2013

    • Barbie L

      Mo..yes I work on Veterans Day...call me[masked]-5025..thanks

      November 7, 2013

    • Barbie L

      TO carline Bates....Thank you for your service!

      November 7, 2013

  • Barbie L

    Yes I work on all holidays. Call me. [masked]

    November 7, 2013

  • Barbie L

    Anyone in Amherst/Wmsvl want to drive with me?

    November 6, 2013

    • Mo H.

      Barbie,

      November 6, 2013

    • Mo H.

      If you want to meet, I know where it is

      November 6, 2013

  • Mo H.

    I will fill out the waiver and return prior to the hike. Looking forward to it-did some of this park with the Walking Group, but want a bit longer hike and pace :)

    November 6, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      If you have any issues in forwarding the liability form to my email, I will have extra blank one with me the morning of the hike.

      November 6, 2013

  • Cecelia S.

    Looks good but prefer a slower pace

    1 · November 5, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Cecelia, you may want to check out the hikes/bushwhacks that Gary leads. His hikes are at a slower pace, alot of exploring. That's the great thing about this group, different hikes for different comfort zones, skill levels, etc. A little bit of everything. Hope to see you soon on a hike!

      1 · November 6, 2013

    • Cecelia S.

      Susan, thanks for the info. Going slower now due to OA & dog! Slower but just as far!

      1 · November 6, 2013

  • Jaigh

    Not sure yet if this date will work for me, so I won't even go on a waiting list yet. But, I do like hiking in Erie County Forest. If the date works out I'll add my name.

    November 5, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      It's one of my favorite places to hike. I never get tired of it. Hopefully we'll be able to see you there.

      November 6, 2013

  • Mary Ann G

    Susan, def want to go. Busy with my mom yesterday so I didn't get a chance to sign up! Bringing Abby! I know Casey can do this.

    November 6, 2013

    • Mary Ann G

      just put myself on

      November 6, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'm not sure if I'm going to bring Casey or not. He just seems to poop out too much after about 2 miles. But do bring Abby Sawyer. You want to car pool?

      November 6, 2013

  • Barbie L

    This sounds good. not too early, not too late.

    November 5, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I think the hardest part of an early hike, is trying to get out of bed.

      November 5, 2013

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