Located in Western New York on the eastern shores of Lake Erie, Buffalo is New York State’s second most populous city. The Erie Canal, Lake Erie, and railroads are an important part of the city’s history as a major trading and industrial center. Buffalo was planned on a grand scale, with wonderful buildings, such as City Hall and the the Frank Lloyd Wright art gallery, and one of the most significant urban park systems in the country, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. This is our guide to the best places to run in Buffalo.
The water and the parks are the foundation of a terrific running scene in Buffalo. There are wonderful waterfront runs, along Lake Erie and the Niagara River, and in some of the wonderful parks and along Olmsted-designed parkways. Also, we have developed a running guide for nearby Niagara Falls with several scenic routes.
Downtown itself is fairly compact, and offering lots of festivals, events, nature, recreation, restaurants, nightlife, and good hotel options. Moreover, the classic American City is widely known for its architecture, world-renowned art scene, rich cultural diversity, sports, four-season climate, and abundant green space. Be aware that Buffalo can have cold and very snowy winters due to lake effect snows. Bring winter running gear!
The NFTA operates an extensive bus system. Metro Rail light rail/subway operates through Buffalo’s central business district, starting at the University at Buffalo, ending at Erie Canal Harbor Station (downtown Buffalo), with eight underground stations and five above ground stations.