Nadine and Paul Webb Trail

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The Nadine and Paul Webb Trail is a segment of the Chautauqua Rails To Trails (CR2T). The trail starts at the Mayville Depot on 394 and proceeds for 1.9 miles to State Route 430. Elevation gain is 138 feet.

Park at the Mayville Depot or in Lakeside Park, both of which are off State Route 394 in Mayville near the north end of Chautauqua Lake.

For most of the trail, there are woods on both sides that are posted no trespassing. When you reach the end of the trail, you will see the Nancy B. Diggs trailhead sign on the other side of State Route 430. On the other hand, starting from the Mayville Depot, you can go north via the Mayville Village Trail

Besides our map below, see also CR2T’s map of the trail.

Trail Surface

The trail is paved from the Mayville Depot to Park Road near South Erie Street. From there to the trailhead sign, it is grass. From the trailhead sign to Morris Road, it is loose gravel.

Morris Rd intersection

From Morris Road to the trail end at Sherman-Mayville Road (State Route 430), it is dirt (mud depending on season and weather) and grass. In winter, the trail can be pretty torn up due to snowmobile usage.

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

Restrooms

There are public restrooms in Lakeside Park.

Points of Interest

Points of interest include the Mayville Depot, the Chautauqua Belle, a sternwheeler steam boat, and Lakeside Park.

History

William Mohan writes in the August 25, 2019, edition of the Jamestown Post-Journal,

Originally started in 1991, Chautauqua County Rails To Trails has been working to provide means of natural conservation for the community.

At the same time, the group also tries to preserve trails that once served as crucial points of infrastructure on railroad networks in the United States.

Rails To Trails was originally formed by Dr. Bob Berke and attorney John Goodell. However, CR2T president Jim Fincher refers to Goodell as “the spark-plug” that started the organization.

The reason for this is that Goodell learned the former Pennsylvania Railroad (Pennsy) right-of-way from Brocton to Corry, Pa., and Oil City, Pa., (running through Mayville and Sherman) was for sale.

Previously, the line had been the Chautauqua Branch line run by the Pennsy from the late 19th Century to 1968. It then became the property of the Penn Central railroad (a merger with the Pennsy, its rival: New York Central and the New Haven railroads). Due to financial hardships that plagued the company, Penn Central only lasted eight years and the Chautauqua Branch was abandoned in 1975 (the company’s final full year).

Trail Summary

Distance 1.9 miles 3.8 miles out and back
Elevation gain 138 feet The highest point is the intersection with Rt 430
Trail surface Asphalt, gravel, grass, dirt  
Difficulty Easy  
Point of Interest 42.24293, -79.49609 Lakeside Park
Mayville Depot Parking 42.24489, -79.49565 Plenty of parking here and at Lakeside Park

Note: Coordinate links open in Google Maps.

Avenza Map

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    2. From Avenza app’s Import Maps function, scan this QR code.
  • Be sure to do this when you have good internet connection. Don’t wait until you are at the trailhead!

For more information about trail maps, see the Maps page.

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