Erie County Bureau of Forestry Trails

January 23, 2011
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The Bridge Too Far over Dresser Creek

The Erie County Bureau of Forestry Park is a 3,400 acre forest located at Genesee Road and Warner Gulf Road in Sardinia, New York.  It is managed by the Erie County Division of Forestry.

It provides year round recreation for hiking, snowshoeing, and x-country skiing.  There is also a snowmobile trail and an equestrian trail, both of which share portions of the Conservation Trail.

The main parking area, warming hut, and the maple sugar shack are located on the north side of Genesee Road, approximately 7 miles east of the Genesee Road exit off Route 219.  About 50 yards east of the main parking area there is a second small parking area on the south side of Genesee Road, where the main hiking trails (the Scarbuck Trail and Conservation Trail) enter the woods south of Genesee Road.

The Scarbuck trail consist of a main loop (2 miles long) and an extension loop (1 mile long). The two loops intersect at the “Bridge Too Far” over Dresser Creek.  The two loops can me hiked without retracing your track except for the walk over the Bridge Too Far.

The Conservation Trail (part of the Finger Lakes Trail) uses the eastern and southern portions of both of the Scarbuck loops until the point where the Conservation Trail turns south along an old forest road (which is also used as the southern half of the snowmobile trail in winter.)

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The Sardinia Cabin

There is a cabin with a wood stove along the Conservation Trail that can be used by hikers and snowmobilers in the winter (day use only – no camping allowed.).  There is a good supply of wood inside the cabin and an outhouse just north of it.

The cabin is about a half mile from the point where the Scarbuck extension loop and the Conservation Trail split.  Thus, a hike to the cabin including both of the Scarbuck Trail loops would cover about 4 miles.

GPS tracks (in gpx format) can be downloaded bu right clicking and saving the file links listed after the maps.

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Erie County Forest Topo With Trails

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Erie County Forest Aerial Map With Trails

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Elevation Profile for the Scarbuck Trail Main and Extension Loops

GPS files in gpx format:

Scarbuck Main Trail

Scarbuck Extension trail

Scarbuck Main and Extension Trails in one track

CT trail to Cabin