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.
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