To acquire, develop and maintain multi-purpose recreational trails on or near abandoned railroad corridors for public use.


Our vision is to develop and connect a network of safe and accessible trails for all Chautauqua County families and visitors to the area.

Core Values

Our core values are connecting with nature, promoting healthy lifestyles, conservation and preservation in a family-friendly environment.

The reasons that Rails to Trails exists is to provide:

1).  A safe relaxing place to observe and learn about nature.

2).  A safe place to obtain healthy outdoor exercise; from walking to running to bicycling to riding horses.

3).  A destination for people from out of the area to come to in order to obtain the benefits of the trails and in the process buy food and shelter, gasoline, etc.; thereby benefitting the local economy.

4). A place where people can commune with the rich 150 year old railroad history of this county.

5). For future use of the railroad corridor.  Should a new means of transportation get invented, the old corridor could be available for a new use.

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