Saturday, October 18, 2014
2600-2772 S Creek Rd, Hamburg, NY
Meet at the large DEC parking lot at the end of South Creek road – please carefully review the Google map for directions for finding South Creek road as it is easy to miss if you are not familiar with the area.
This is an easy hike with spectacular views of the creek ravine. The first few tenths of a mile is along an old paved sidewalk, but after that you are in the woods.
Excerpts from the WNYTrail.com guide:
18 mile Creek Park is an Erie County conservation parks. The hike from the parking lot to the end of the trail and back is about 5 miles of easy hiking with a few short elevation gains and losses, and spectacular views of the creek. The first short portion is on an old paved sidewalk that is unimpressive, but in a few tenths of a mile you’ll be in the woods high above the creek.
A parking lot is located at the end of South Creek Road in the Town of Hamburg. The parking lot also serves as a New York State Department of Environmental Conservation public access site for fishing in 18-Mile Creek.
The main trail (about 5 miles round trip) runs from the parking lot alongside the south side of the north branch of 18-mile creek until it meets the south branch of 18-Mile creek, after which the main trail runs along the north side of the south branch until it reaches the southeast corner of the park. At that point there is loop trail through the pine forest. There are also several spur trails off of the main trail, the most popular one starting at about the one-quarter mile mark that will take you down to the edge of the creek.