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Westside Overland Trail

Average Rating:    (3.8 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 5

a hiking trail, that runs from ATV path to narrow single track, and runs thru some fun evergreen forest (if you take the southern path from the parking lot). There are even a couple of "lean-to's" for overnight stays. The trail is maintained by the county, and it posts things that are not allowed on it, and bikes are not on the list!
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Latitude
42.23728734586444
Longitude
-79.52642440795898
Trail Directions
Rt. 430 between Mayville and Sherman. Look for a trailhead/parking lot. Trail cross's 430, you can head north towards Chautauqua gorge, or south towards the PA/NY state line.
Trail Length
20 + miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Chautauqua County
   


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Reviews 1 - 5 (5 Reviews Total)

Review Date
November 22, 2009

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Bodie6 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
The Westside Overland trail offers any cross-country rider plenty of excitement and challenges. While it is not as challenging as Eville, there are plenty of roots and rocks to mix things up. In my opinion, the fun-factor on the Westside trail surpasses that of Eville. Although there isn't as much singletrack, there are plenty of spots where you can get some good air. Plus, the mogul hills are really fun. Some of the downhills are quite fast, and the uphill climbs keep the blood pumping without making you keel over. What makes this trail stand out, however, is the gorgeous scenery and excellent camp sites. If you like verdure ferns, the smell of pine mingling in the air, winding streams with boulders, and mossy logs everywhere you look, then this is the trail for you.

Recommended Route:
There are two routes that I recommend. The first starts at Point A (by the Chautauqua Gorge) and runs down to Point G (at Titus Road). Once you reach Titus Road, take a right, go straight through 430, and take a right onto the Rails to Trails. The rails to trails will basically take you back up to point A. It's a nice smooth ride, and it offers some great scenery. Chautauqua Gorge offers some beautiful scenery as well, and it has some nice campsites for those who are spending the night. The place is relatively quiet, and if you don't feel like spending the whole time biking, then there are plenty of trails that you can hike down to the water. Gorgeous area.

The second starts at Point M and runs down to Point S (the end). This route is more challenging, and it is more beautiful than the first route (if that's possible). The closer you get to Point S, the more it seems like you entered some enchanted forest. The experience is one that you will truly remember. Once you get to Point S, you can turn around and go back to Point M. The lean-to has fresh water, and it's a nice place to take a break. Unfortunately, Point H to Point K is not much fun.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Rails to Trails and the Eastside Overland Trail.



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Review Date
July 21, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: nytro ,  Weekend Warrior , from Cleveland, Ohio

Summary:
I have riden south of 430 many times, so this year I rode north of 430 to the end of the trail at the parking area for the Chautauqua gorge. Heading north is a shorter ride, but a more challanging ride! The trail is more rolling heading this way. I ended up having to walk up a few hills, due to being out of biking shape this summer, but I still enjoyed it. The trail was a little wet, with the wettest part being in an open field area that you pass through.

Recommended Route:
Park at the trail head parking lot on rt. 430, midway between Mayville and Sherman, and cross 430 and stay on the trail, you'll see plenty of no tresspassing signs to make sure you stay on the trail.



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Review Date
May 4, 2003

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Scott , from Erie, PA

Summary:
This trail is not a loop, rather an out and back. It starts between Sherman and Mayville NY and ends up in Panama NY. You will ride everything from single track, fire roads, farmers fields, deep rutted pine forests, etc. The state of New York is to be commended for allowing such a diverse trail to exist. There are areas where you will enter private property, and must climb a small wooden ladder to get over barb wire fences. This is legal, and has been arranged through negotiations betweeen the trail builders and land owners. As of the last full week of April, the trail was very wet in spots, especially nearing the end of the trail, approximately 8 miles from Panama NY.

Recommended Route:
Start at trail head at Route 430 parking lot between Sherman and Mayville

Other recommended trails in the same area:
All of the riding available in Elicottville, NY, near Holliday Valley Ski resort.



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Review Date
October 2, 2002

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Jeremy , from Jamestown, NY

Summary:
The trail, now known as the Fred J. Cusimano Westside Overland Trail, isn't very technical but there are enough ups and downs to keep you entertained (and breathing hard).

Recommended Route:
The ride north from the Rt. 430 parking lot is too short (and boring). Go south for a fast and scenic riding.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
On the other side of the county there is the Eastside Overland Trail. I don't like it as much, but it is slightly longer (I think 26 miles) and worth checking out.



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Review Date
November 9, 2001

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Nytro , from Parma, Ohio

Summary:
The trail isn't overly challanging, but you will find a few nice down hills, with the accompaning longer up hills that always seem to follow. Most of the water crossings have wood bridges. I have only riden the trail from Mayville to Sherman, but I hope to go to the state line next summer (while there for vacation). You will also find a little lake/big pond near Sherman which provides a nice place to catch your breath after a nice long downhill on some doubletrack (with some nice air oppertunities in between the doubletrack). The area with the evergreen forest is about 1 mile from the parking area towards Sherman. This area has alot of tree roots in it, and the trail is hard to follow in there, so watch for the "trail blazes" on the trees. After you leave the forest area you head downhill on some nice "open" singletrack which leads to a short step hill with a lot of rocks, roots, and ruts. From there the ride gets fun.

Recommended Route:
Take rt. 430 approx. 3-5 miles west of Mayville to the trailhead/parking lot. Cross 430 for the northern part, or hit the trail at the east end of the parking area (this will take you towards the town of Sherman).

Other recommended trails in the same area:
I don't know of any others in the area, but would like any recommendations!



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