Starting at the southern trailhead on Lockport Road, the Lockport Rail Trail proceeds 2 miles via an Erie Railroad bed to its northern trailhead at Lockport Bypass near Hinman Road with elevation gain of 14 feet. The parking lot at Lockport Road can hold 3-4 cars. The southern trailhead at Lockport Road coincides with the northern trailhead of the .
I don’t know if this sign means no e-bikes, but I’m sure they will accommodate strollers and wheelchairs.
The first half mile starting from Lockport Road is a fairly new 8-foot wide asphalt path, likely suitable for roller blades, strollers and wheelchairs. North of Murphy Rd, however, the trail is undeveloped gravel and stone with big pools of water after heavy rains or snow melts.
Please consider carefully whether this trail surface is adequate for your activity.
There are no public restrooms at the trailheads or along the trail.
Points of Interest
Having no outstanding points of interest, I nominate the end of the paved trail at Murphy Road as a point of interest because that is where the improvement mentioned below in History section will start. Perhaps it has already started.
In a letter to President of the International Railway Company, the General Counsel writes:
It appears further that from January 27, 1902, the date of its organization, to April 1921? the International Railway Company conducted passenger and freight operations from Buffalo to North Tonawanda to Lockport to- Olcott and in the Cities of North Tonawanda and Lockport for the Erie Railroad Company pursuant to a “Lease-Agreement” dated June 1, 1898, and a supplemental “Lease” and “Contemporaneous Agreement” both dated September 1, 1899, between the Erie Railroad Company and the Buffalo & Lockport Railway, a predecessor of the International Railway Company.
Benjamin Joe writes in the February 23, 2023 edition of the Lockport Union-Sun & Journal E-Paper.
The Town of Lockport has received a grant of $168,591 from the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation to fund Phase Two of its Rail Trail project. The amount will be used to blacktop the former railroad track about 8-feet wide for pedestrian and non-motorized vehicle from Murphy Road to the City of Lockport line.
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.
|2 miles point to point
|4 miles out and back
|Asphalt, gravel, stone, and pools of water
|Due to condition of second half of the trail
|Point of Interest
|Murphy Road intersection
|Lockport Road Parking
|3-4 spaces, paved, not striped
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