The Great Outdoors

Cycle Chautauqua

Cycling in the Chautauqua region of New York is increasing popular due to wide, pave shoulders, beautiful and varied scenery, and plenty of spots for stocking up on essentials. The following cycle routes have been developed by local cycling organizations, cycling shops, clubs and race organizers. The routes range between 25 and 100 miles in length.

Each of the following rides can be found on www.tourchautauqua.com; route description and maps are available in a printable PDF format. Additional hiking & biking trails can be found towards the bottom of this page.

Busti-Harmony Ride 36 miles Jamestown-Frewsburg Ride 30 miles
Chautauqua-Fredonia Ride 50 miles Mayville Ride 25 miles
Chautauqua Lake Ride up to 50 miles Tour Chautauqua Ride 75 and 100 miles
Chautauqua-Northeast Ride 53 miles Westfield Century Ride up to 100 miles
NYS Bike Route Route 17 Westfield-Pomfret Westfield-Pomfret
Jamestown-Ellery Ride 37 miles


Bicycle Rentals

Findley Lake Sporting Goods
Rt 426, Findley Lake, NY 14736; P: 769.7737
Specializing in cross-country & downhill skis, snow boards, mountain bikes. Providing expert sales & service.

Hollyloft Ski & Bike
600 Fairmount Ave Jamestown, NY 14701; P: 716.483.2330; E: info@hollyloft.com
Bicycle, alpine & cross-country skis, snow boards sales & service.

Lake Country Bike
21 East Main Street, North East, PA 16428 • P: 814.725.1338
Bike tours & special events, rentals & sales

Jamestown Cycle Shop
10 Harrison St. Jamestown, NY 14701; P: 716.664.4112
Sales, service, parts and accessories. Bicycle rentals at Chautauqua Institution during the summer season.


Horseback Riding

Faith Haven Stables
Greg & Liz Sambor, 11570 Station Road, North East, PA 16428; P: 814.392.6959
A full-service boarding and riding stable located in North East, PA. Offering trail rides, riding lessons, training, boarding and leasing.

Double Dab Riding Stables
Ripley, NY; P: 716.736.4418
Trail rides, pony rides, petting farm and picnic area.


Boat Rentals

Findley Lake Marine
716.769.7192
Pontoon & Kayak rentals

Paradise Bay Park Campground
2360 Shadyside Road, Findley Lake, NY 14736 • 716-769-7582
Row boat, Pontoon & Aqua Cycle rentals

Evergreen Outfitters
4845 Rte. 474 Ashville, NY 14787; P: 716.763.2266
Kayaks, Canoes, Camping Gear. Complete paddle sport and outdoor adventure store.


Fishing

On very good authority the 5 week period between the end of June and the end of July is an exceptional time for small mouth bass fishing on Findley Lake. Because no horsepower restrictions exist, fishing boats of all size and horsepower are welcome, which makes Findley Lake the perfect fishing destination. If your significant other doesn't relish hours on the water, the downtown shops offer a warm welcome all week-end long!

New York State's abundant waterways offer a flourishing habitat for a wide variety of freshwater fish species and Chautauqua County is home to some of the best fishing in the state. Findley Lake, one of Chautauqua County's favorite fishing destinations, offers anglers an excellent opportunity to catch catfish, crappies, large-mouth bass, small mouth bass, Muskie, northern pike, perch, sunfish & walleye.

Link to NYS Fishing Regulations: New York State Freshwater Fishing Guide


Skiing

Peek 'n Peak Resort & Spa
1405 Olde Road, Findley Lake, NY 14736
P: 716.355.4141; E: info@pknpk.com

  • 27 perfectly groomed slopes & trails serviced by eight chairlifts
  • New extensive snowmaking throughout the entire trail system
  • Operating seven days and nights a week throughout ski season
  • Ski equipment and snow board rentals available
  • Lessons available for all levels by trained professionals
  • Miles of terrain for cross country skiing and snowshoeing
  • Snow tubing for everyone, young and old!
  • Three terrain parks
  • Direct access to the Chautauqua Lake Snowmobile Trail System

Snowmobiling

Chautauqua County's recorded snowfall over the last 49 years is an average of 203" per year. And snowmobiling families flock to our area because it boasts hundreds of miles of well-groomed trails. Five clubs maintain more than 400 miles of linked trails perfect for continuous riding and convenient to service and "break" points. Visitors to the area are welcome and encouraged to join and support local clubs who membership dues maintain and continue to improve our wonderful trail system. Go to www.tourchautauqua.com and Request Travel Guide to receive the map of the entire system.

Snowmobiling Rules: All snowmobiles must be registered in New York. Visit, call or write the following locations for your NY State registration: 15 Lucus Ave., Dunkirk, NY (716) 366-0210; 110 E. 4th St., Jamestown, NY (716) 661-8220; N. Erie and Chautauqua St., Mayville, NY (716) 753-4229. Snowmobile registration is available every Saturday through Feb. 15th, from 9:00 am-3:00 pm at the Mayville Depot on Route 394, Mayville.

Chautauqua Lake Snowmobile Club
The CLS Club grooms and maintains trails from Mayville and Chautauqua extending south to Sherman, Clymer, Panama & Findley Lake NY. P.O. Box 134, Mayville, NY 14757; Phone: (716) 753-2924


Golf

Tee off in the place Golf Digest (Nov, 2002) declared the “Best Little Golf Town in America” for its access to and diversity of greens, value priced fees and number of quality golf days. The tradition of golf began in Chautauqua County a century ago with the development of the Chautauqua Golf Club at Chautauqua Institution. More than 20 courses, a learning center and a four-star rated course offer numerous choices for hitting the links during spring, summer and fall. Chautauqua overflows with golfing opportunities, many of which are available with special rates and packages. ee off with a spectacular view overlooking Chautauqua Lake or near the majestic cliff-lined shores of Lake Erie. Try a round amidst the vineyards of America's Grape Country or the rolling hills around Jamestown.

Link to Chautauqua County Golf Courses: https://www.tourchautauqua.com/Golf.aspx


Hiking & Biking Trails

Chautauqua County boasts a diversity of trail areas and scenic parks for hiking, off-road cycling, and birding. In addition to the Audubon Nature Center and the Roger Tory Peterson Institute, birders can enjoy the Ripley Hawk Watch, Erlandson Overview Park, and the Chadakoin River Outlet. Along the Eastside Overland Trail, the Boutwell State Wildlife Area is home to groomed snowmobile and dedicated horseback riding trails as well as hiking, and strenuous mountain biking trails. Rails to Trails maintains 17 miles of unused rail corridors winding through scenic woodlands, wetlands, flowering meadows, and villages. Those looking for a short hike and lots of adventure will enjoy Panama Rocks Scenic Park.

Link to Chautauqua County Trails and Parks: Guide to Trails and Parks

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