October 18, 2009
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Reviewed by: Bodie6
Cross Country Rider
The Eastside Overland Trail begins near the town of Charlotte and ends in Gerry. Here's a map: http://www.co.chautauqua.ny.us/parks/images/Cardot%20Trail%20Map%20001.jpg
It is a 19 mile cross-country trail that has some moments that are a bit technical (i.e., tree roots, rocks, some steep declines, etc.). The first three miles of the trail are cross-country, and there is a steep incline from point B to point C. There is a nice pond and a lean-to at point D, and it has an old-fashioned water pump that provides some cold and tasty water. As a side note, Park Road, which begins at Point A, offers a nice little side route for those who are curious. It runs along Canadaway Creek and offers some nice views (especially during the fall months). If you make it to the end of Park Road, you take a left onto Ball Road, go up an incline, and to the left you'll see an area where you can enter the woods. If you follow the switch-back down the gully, you will come to the bed of the Canadaway Creek. Follow the creek bed for a half mile, and you'll come to Arkwright Falls. Simply Gorgeous.
Points I through O are located in the woods, and it is within this section that the trail becomes a bit more technical. The scenery is very nice, and the trail is well marked. There are many streams and brooks that criss-cross the length of the trail, but there are bridges that permit easy crossing. In fact, Chatauqua County does an excellent job of maintaining the trails, and every time I go on the Eastside trail, I have an awesome ride. Points O to R are on the road, and if you plan to take this route be forewarned: the climb up Chautauqua Road is quite difficult.
Point R begins by descending down into a gorgeous gully, and there are plenty of roots and rocks that can make the ride a bit challenging. I believe there are about six bridges from point R to V, and recently a single-track has been marked out around point U. The single tracks offer some new adventures if you have the time to go exploring.
Personally, I enjoy starting at Point I and biking to Point O. I only suggest this because it is close enough to my apartment to make the trip relatively short. This section of the trail offers plenty of excitement, and there are many snowmobile trails that you can take if you want something a bit different. It would be nice if there was a lean-to somewhere in this area, but beggars can't be choosers. Point R through V is the more difficult section, and I push my Specialized Rockhopper to the limit nearly every time I've been there. Overall, the Eastside Overland trail is a fun, scenic, and, at times, challenging trail that will put a smile on your face and keep it there until you leave. I'm giving it a four out of five because of the road sections. However, there have been many rides when the trail has been better than perfect.
Other recommended trails in the same area:
Westside Overland Trail and the Rails to Trails. Also, there are some great trails located at the SUNY Fredonia College Lodge.