8 Incredible Hikes Under 5 Miles Everyone Around Buffalo Should Take

You don’t have to be in top physical condition to explore and enjoy the scenery around Buffalo. There are plenty of things to do for all skill levels, and hiking is no exception! If you are looking for a great way to get some steps in and take in the fresh air in the great outdoors, here are eight incredible New York hikes under five miles that will put your pedometer to work. Come see why we feel like these are some of the downright best hikes in Buffalo:

Where is your favorite hike in the city of Buffalo, or the surrounding areas? Which trails would you say are the best hikes in Buffalo? Share your epic outdoor expertise with us in the comments!

Address: 1200 Fuhrmann Boulevard, Buffalo, NY 14203, USA
Address: Devil's Hole State Park, Niagara Scenic Pkwy, Niagara Falls, NY 14305, USA
Address: 6121 Chestnut Ridge Rd, Orchard Park, NY 14127, USA
Address: 11372 Genesee Rd, East Concord, NY 14055, USA
Address: 93 Honorine Dr, Depew, NY 14043, USA
Address: Hunters Creek Road, Hunters Creek Rd, New York, USA
Address: 437 Buffalo Rd, East Aurora, NY 14052, USA
Address: Riverwalk, Buffalo, NY, USA
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Best Hikes in Buffalo

June 25, 2022

What are some of the best hiking trails near me?  

No matter which part of New York you’re located in, you’re sure to find some truly amazing hiking trails close by, especially the Buffalo area! Some of our favorite hiking trails around Buffalo include gems like the absolutely incredible Eternal Flame hike at Chestnut Ridge Road at Orchard Park, which is a short and beautiful hike that leads to – quite literally – a never-dying flame that lurks behind a waterfall. It’s seriously as amazing as it sounds! Another excellent Buffalo-area hiking trail is the amazing trek that is the Niagara Gorge trail, found at Whirlpool State Park and well worth an adventure or two!  

What are the best scenic hikes in Buffalo?  

We might be a little biased, but we feel like the most amazing scenic hikes in New York are all of them. Of course, some of Buffalo’s most beautiful hikes are at the top of the list! Just 45 minutes from the city is Beaver Meadow, where you’ll find the awe-inspiring Rusty Stove Trail (which is a lot more beautiful than it sounds, we promise). Long ago, there was a farmhouse in the woods, but all that remains of the property now is – you guessed it – a dismembered old rusty stove. Another simply stunning scenic hike near Buffalo is just south of it in Glenwood, at Sprague Brook County Park, where you’ll find a beautiful stream and a trail that goes around it. Buffalo is one of the best cities in New York for hiking and amazing hiking trails – we sure love it!  

What are the best easy hikes in Buffalo?  

With as many hiking trails around Buffalo as there are, it’s nice to have lots of options – including options for the days you just don’t feel like overexerting yourself. Luckily, there are plenty of easy hike in Buffalo – and around Buffalo – that you’re sure to love. Some of our favorite easy hiking trails in Buffalo are gems like the Tifft Nature Preserve Trail, a 1.9-mile little slice of paradise located on – obviously – a nature preserve. We also love the Glen Falls Trail Loop, one of our favorite waterfall hikes in New York and a perfect fit for anyone not looking to get too far from the city.  

Address: 1200 Fuhrmann Boulevard, Buffalo, NY 14203, USA
Address: Devil's Hole State Park, Niagara Scenic Pkwy, Niagara Falls, NY 14305, USA
Address: 6121 Chestnut Ridge Rd, Orchard Park, NY 14127, USA
Address: 11372 Genesee Rd, East Concord, NY 14055, USA
Address: 93 Honorine Dr, Depew, NY 14043, USA
Address: Hunters Creek Road, Hunters Creek Rd, New York, USA
Address: 437 Buffalo Rd, East Aurora, NY 14052, USA
Address: Riverwalk, Buffalo, NY, USA