Carroll Area Nature Trail Segment of the CR2T

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The Carroll Area Nature Trail of the Chautauqua Rails To Trails (CR2T) is a two mile rail trail near Frewsburg, NY. The northern trailhead in Frewsburg is behind Lobb’s Auto Service. The southern trailhead is on Riverside Road. The total elevation gain is 46 feet.

Evidences This is a Rail Trail
For Against
19th century railroad bridge Sharp curves near start of trail
Lots of railroad ties in and beside the trail Many small hills and valleys on the trail
Railbed is built up through valleys Several swampy areas and standing water on the trail

Conclusion: it’s a rail trail.

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Parking

There is trail designated parking behind Lobb’s Auto Service (129 W Main St). You have to go through the gate in the high fence back to where the trailhead marker is. You can also park along Riverside Road but not on the trail itself there because it is shared with private property.

Trail Surface

The trail surface includes grass, gravel, ballast, and railroad ties. Even without a recent rain, there may be standing water in places.

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 include:

  • 19th century railroad bridge
  • Railroad ties embedded in the trail
  • Wetlands and woodlands along the trail
  • Several side trails. Please don’t explore as these aren’t part of CR2T and are posted against trespassing.
  • Lots of small hills and valleys you don’t expect on a rail trail
  • The only bench is the very nice one at the Main Street trailhead.

History

From New Rails To Trails Being Planned in Carroll, November 30, 2021 by WRFA Radioleave:

A new rails-to-trails is being planned in the town of Carroll. The Chautauqua County Rails to Trails applied for a permit from the State Department of Environmental Conservation for the 2-mile trail that will run from West Main Street in the village of Frewsburg to Riverside Road in the town of Carroll.

Chautauqua Rails to Trail President Emeritus Jim Fincher said they own the former railbed from Frewsburg to Ackley, Pennsylvania and had started working on developing part of the trail.

He said the property on the north end of the trail owned by the Lobb family had been flooded by beavers building dams, “There’s at least five dams in there now and because it was wet, it became wetland. You’ve got the kind of soil, you’ve got the kind of plants, the kind of animals that define it as a wetland. To do much with a wetland, you’ve got to get a permit which is what we did.”

Fincher said the trail will be 10 feet wide and covered with gravel. He estimates that the trail will be open for use by this summer. For the full interview with Jim Fincher and current Chautauqua County Rails to Trails President Bill Ward, tune into Community Matters this Thursday at 5pm here on WRFA.

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 less populated area, you may have to wait 15 minutes or more for a ride. I’ve done this several times because I usually hike solo.

Trail Summary

Distance 2 miles point to point 4 miles out and back
Elevation gain 46 feet  
Trail surface Grass, gravel, ballast, and railroad ties  
Difficulty Easy  
Lobb’s Auto Service Parking 42.05205, -79.16757 5-10 cars, not paved
Riverside Road Parking 42.02491, -79.15706 Side of the road

Avenza Map

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