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.
Note that 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.
Miles 0-2 Paved trail. Access the trail from the parking lot off Elmwood Avenue at Genesee Valley Park . This is the lot next to the swimming pool on the west side of the Genesee River . The trail that leaves the parking lot is the Genesee Riverway Trail. Soon you will come to the Erie Canalway Trail which goes left over the Waldo Nielsen Bridge . For the Greenway, continue straight ahead over the arched bridge. Just beyond the foot of the bridge is a sign on your left. It describes the three trails that meet at this point, the Genesee Valley Greenway, the Genesee Riverway Trail and the Erie Canalway Trail. The Riverway Trail extends straight ahead of you along the river bank. It joins the Greenway after about half a mile. The Greenway curves diagonally ahead to the right. The Canalway Trail continues directly right toward Greece .