Greenway Trail Surface
The Genesee Valley Greenway trail is primarily a mix of packed cinders, gravel and mowed surface. The only paved surface is for a short distance beginning in Genesee Valley Park and there are a few sections of stone dust. The trail is approximately 12 feet wide, some sections in Allegany County are still under development and on-road detours in Livingston and Allegany Counties are included on the GVG Brochure Map.
In early spring or after heavy rains, places on the trail may be muddy. A hybrid bicycle is probably the best choice for the Greenway. An off road bike is fine but not necessary, while a road bike will work but is a little rough for riding the Greenway.
Problems on the Trail – June 2019
The trail is Permanently Closed in Letchworth Park from about mile 53 south of the Parade Grounds to the Genesee River in Portageville (a portion of Park Trail #7) due to dangerous conditions resulting from land sliding into the gorge. Please obey barricades and signage at both ends of this closure.
Trail users need to be aware of potential flooding in the Belfast area. There are two areas of flooding, Hughes to Gleason Hill Road and Rt. 305 to Tibbetts Hill Road. Parks staff are working on solving the flooding in these areas.
Approximately 2000 feet of the Greenway south of Belfast has been closed due to major erosion along Black Creek. The closed section is south of Gleason Hill Road between Mile 77 and Mile 78. Orange construction fencing has been placed at both ends of the closed section. Two additional areas of erosion are developing just south of Rockville Lake. Currently the trail is still open there, but subject to change if the erosion worsens.