Allegany State Park has the longest history of Mountain Biking in Western New York. Back in the late '80s and early '90s when MTB was just starting in WNY, ASP was one of the few places to ride. What's more, it was actually recognized by the park, with the Raccoon Rally race being held there since '89 or '90.
When New York State Parks designed mountain biking as a regulated activity in the mid '90s, ASP designated the whole of the Art Roscoe XC trail system as open to bikes. These trails are very scenic, and with the hills provide an excellent workout. They are long enough to get a good long ride without doubling back.
The only drawback is that while a narrow path gets worked into the track, the trails are not singletrack. None of the park's singletrack trails were designated open to bikes. When WNYMBA started establishing singletrack in nearby Ellicottville, riding got less popular in ASP.
WNYMBA has been trying to get new singletrack in the park for a while. Our 2007 proposal identified some of the best opportunities however, WNYMBA and other trail groups were told that no proposals would be entertained until a master plan was in place.
These proposals were substantially accepted in the final plan.
We have mostly constructed the first of the three trails and should be finished Spring 2014. We are looking for funding to help construct the other two.
WNYMBA Stymied for major RTP grant
WNYMBA submitted for a Recreational Trails Program (RTP) Grant this past fall in an effort to garner funds for building one of the new Trails at Allegany State Park. While we have one of the three approved trails (the one off of Ridge Run) mostly built, the other two are more remote and could benefit from some contracted construction. The proposal was quite an effort (take a look here). The RTP program is federally available trail building funding that in New York is administered by the State Parks folks.
We unfortunately were not successful in pursuit of the grant. However, we gained great experience, and got some records organized enough to help in our recent solicitations for funds for the Muck Truck, which has been a successful effort.
Our insurance company has "strongly suggested" that we tell you that Mountain Biking can be dangerous. If you're visiting this site it's very likely that you're already aware that if you insist on having a good time by riding your mountain bike, eventually you will almost certainly fall down and collect any number of boo-boos, dings and injuries, serious or otherwise, but we have to tell you anyway.
Mountain Biking is a potentially hazardous activity carrying a significant risk of bodily injury and even death. Mountain biking should only be undertaken if you have a complete awareness of these risks. You can reduce the level of risk by wearing a helmet and by riding within your own skill level.