Popular trails in Western New York:
*Niagara Gorge Trail System. Includes the Lewiston Branch Gorge Trial, Devils Hole, Whirlpool and the Upper Great Gorge Rim Trail. For information, contact The New York State office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation (www.nysparks.com, 745-7848) or the Niagara Gorge Trailhead Center (278-0820).
*Erie County Parks. Popular hiking trails include Chestnut Ridge, Emery Park, Hunters Creek and Sprague Brook. Some of the best trail maps of these parks can be found through The Buffalo Orienteering Club (www.buffalo-orienteering.org).
*Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge. Locally known as "The Alabama Swamps" this park run by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service offers plenty of trails, most of which are relatively flat. Because of the terrain is simple and the length of the trails under two miles, it's a great place for families. (www.fws.gov/northeast/iroquois)
*Zoar Valley. Officially a multiple use area under the control of the New York State DEC the park is known for amazing scenery, deep gorges, cliffs and waterfalls. (www.dec.ny.gov/lands/36931.html)
*AlleganyState Park. There are over 135 miles of marked trails in Allegany State Park ranging from self-guided nature walks to a challenging 18-mile trail that is part of the Finger Lakes Trail. (http://nysparks.state.ny.us/parks/158)