Amherst Peanut Line Trail

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The Amherst Peanut Line Trail is 5.2 miles point to point (10.4 miles out and back) with elevation gain of a mere 33 feet. It coincides with a portion of the Conservation Trail. There is a convenient parking lot at 79 Dodge Rd, on the Ellicott Creek Trailway (AKA Amherst Bike Path).

Trail Surface

The trail is mostly uneven grass and the drainage after rain is not great. There are several street crossings with guardrails that have to be climbed over.

Guardrails

There is a large ditch on the east side of John James Audubon Parkway that must be jumped, waded, or navigated around. If you decide to navigate around, go north to cross at Dodge Rd. It’s not far.

Depending on recent rainfall, the creek between E Pinelake Dr and Youngs Rd may be uncrossable. In that case, detour around it via E Pinelake Dr, Pino Verde Ln, and Youngs Rd.

Creek

Please consider carefully whether this trail surface is adequate for your activity.

Restrooms

There are no public restrooms at the trailheads or along the trail.

Points of Interest

Points of interest on the trail include Williamsville North High School soccer and track fields and popular Paradise Park.

History

John G. Sheret writes in the Spring-Summer 2007 edition of “The Crooked Lake Review:”

January 1, 1853, proved to be an exciting day for the residents of Honeoye Falls when the first train of the newly built Canandaigua to Batavia Railroad arrived in the village. Large crowds turned out for the event and everyone was offered a free ride to Batavia and back.

By July 1st of that year the railroad was extended to Niagara Falls, and on July 28th, the first passenger train, operated as an excursion train, ran over the completed road. Historical accounts differ on whether the line was acquired by the New York Central Railroad in 1855 or 1857. In any event it became known as the “Peanut Line” after Dean Richmond, a company vice-president, referred to the acquisition as “only a peanut of a line.” The official New York Central designation for the line was the “Batavia Branch.”

Hiking Solo (and Running, etc.)

Suppose you can do the whole point-to-point trail distance but not the out and back. If you don’t have multiple cars to stage at trailhead start and end, consider using Uber or Lyft to get a ride back to where you parked. Since this trail is in a populated area, you won’t have long to wait for a ride. I’ve done this several times because I usually hike solo.

Trail Summary

Distance 5.2 miles point to point 10.4 miles out and back
Elevation gain 33 feet  
Trail surface Mostly grass (some gravel)  
Difficulty Easy  
Point of Interest 43.02113, -78.73529 Williamsville North High School soccer and track fields
Point of Interest 43.019378, -78.710884 Paradise Park
Dodge Rd Parking 43.024746, -78.795328 7 spaces + 1 handicap

Avenza Map

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