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.
The master planning process started in 2009, and WNYMBA submitted a large set of comments (warning large file 33MB) advocating for new trails. Following initial comments back from the state, WNYMBA submitted a revised proposal that shortened one proposed trail, and added a new proposed trail.
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.