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Bond Lake Park

Average Rating:    (2.5 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 4

Multi-use (cross-country skiing in winter, hiking, horseback riding, biking other times of year)
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Latitude
43.18105317851413
Longitude
-78.91067504882812
Trail Directions
From Buffalo: I-190 north to Niagara Falls. Continue on to Lewiston. At Lewiston-take Rt. 104 east to Dickersonville Road. Turn right-go up escarpment-turns into Lower Mountain Road-continue east until you see parking lot, ski hill, and sign for Bond Lake Park.
Trail Length
about 9 miles total
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Lewiston
   


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Reviews 1 - 4 (4 Reviews Total)

Review Date
April 21, 2009

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Horace ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
OK place to ride if you live close by. Not a destination trail. The planned MTB trail did not happen. The multi use trails are fair to poor for MTB's. There is not enough MTB use to have made a proper track thru the grass. ATV use on the south side has wrecked the trails away from the lake. North side trails are ok after they dry out about June or so. You can ride down the ski hill and poke around for quite a while without having to come back up. Several different grades to choose for climbing out. County employees hide in the maintenance bldg instead of working.

Recommended Route:
South side- The gravel road around the lake and trails that don't approach the escarpment are good for kids and beginners. The trails don't go around the lake, but the shoulder on Lower Mt Rd is safe for completing the loop.
North side- Dries out in June usually. Several good bomber routes for dropping off the lower escarpment. Less ATV damage than on south side. Take the plunge and poke around for a while.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Not much for MTB's. Joseph Davis SP has a lot of dead flat trails, but not MTB specific. Same deal for Wilson Tuscarora. Best riding in Niagara County is on the roads- great shoulders and low traffic. Not much for hills, except for the escarpment.
Erie Canal Towpath from Lockport is super for kids and touring. MTB's and big road tires work well. Food and drink every five miles at towns. Niagara Falls has good paved trails from the North Grand Island Bridge all the way to Devil's Hole.



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Review Date
May 6, 2007

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: bushwhacker ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Bond Lake has given the local MTB club real access to this park...which means real trails. A work day is scheduled for 5/12/07. Check the Western New York MTB site for more info for Niagara County's first official trail.

Recommended Route:
forward, left, right, up, down...you get the picture.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
nada



Comments
Horace (04/21/2009)
The MTB trail didn't happen. It was partially marked and cut, but Niagara County wanted WNYMBA to administer the trail. Niagara County wouldn't do it, and WNYMBA wouldn't do it. Would have been a really nice trail.
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Review Date
May 28, 2002

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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3.00 of 5, 3.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Anthony , from New York

Summary:
Do not bother checking this trail out. It's not even a mtb trail! It's like a 4 wheeler or something. What a waste of time!! I drove an hour to see this place and I get there and its this crap. Riding at Bonds like is like riding on my side-walk in front of my house. IMBARISSING PLACE TO RIDE!!

Recommended Route:
Follow Tom's directions!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Hunters Creek



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Review Date
November 5, 2000

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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4.00 of 5, 2.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Tom , from Ransomville, N.Y.

Summary:
Bond Lake Park is part of the Niagara County Park system. The trail originally was for cross-country skiing, but now is multi-use. The trail consist of two main parts: the south trail which is on the south side of Lower Mountain Road, and the north trail which is on the north side of Lower Mountain Road. The south trail is about 4 1/2 miles long, and goes through several active orchards, some nice wooded hillside, and around several small lakes. There are several downhill runs of varying degrees of challenge. All are fun. Watch out for ATV runs on some parts of the south trail. (the ATV's are NOT supposed to use the trail) Also, this trail gets fairly heavy use by horse riders, so watch out and be courteous. The north trail goes down the escarpment and around several large meadows with wooded areas. The downhill parts (most of the north trail) are a blast, but the trip back up will test your conditioning. Again, watch for hikers or horseback riders. I would rate these trails better than Sprague Brook, because of the greater variety of terrain, longer length, and super scenery. Check it out if you like a good mix of trail type.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Pendleton (Erie Canal) Trail, Wilson-Tuscarora State Park, Sprague Brook Park (Erie County)



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