As if staying fit wasn’t hard enough, we find ourselves still in the midst of a pandemic, with gyms closing, indoor fitness opportunities lacking and snow now falling. It’s important to remember that getting outdoors is essential to your health and is still the safest alternative as a means of socially distant exercise. That being said, grab the footwear, throw on the hat and gloves and hit one of our city trails.
The City of North Tonawanda approximately 5 miles of walking trails that are regularly plowed and perfect for a winter walk, run or bike. If your experience in walking in the winter deals with dredging through a couple feet of un-shoveled snow on a sidewalk, then hop into your car and head to one of these outdoor areas for a little fresh air and exercise while escaping the idea of snow filled socks!Gratwick Riverside Bike Trail
: Trail length (2.6 miles) Location: 1300 River Road
This is approximately 2.6 miles of bike/walking trail that extends from Gratwick Riverside Park (1300 River Road). Stretches of the trail take you alongside the mighty Niagara River, with the trail leading to NT’s downtown business district. With ample parking at Gratwick Park (entry at Witmer Rd), you can start your journey in the park and proceed south along River Road coming across a nature preserve, Gratwick Marina, Raymond Klimek Veteran’s Park and into the heart of NT’s downtown business district.
Raymond Klimek Veteran’s Park:
Trail length (.25 mile main loop) Location: 700 River Rd.
This park is a gem of North Tonawanda found alongside the Niagara River. The park contains a .25 mile main walking loop with other off-shoots interwoven into the loop to provide a little variety to your walk. The path leads you through the park with stops that include the Seabee's Monument, The Marines Monument, Bandshell, playground and several exercise stations scattered along the path. It’s a perfect place to take the kids for a walk as there are many opportunities for engagement in clear sight while mom or dad continue along the loop.
Sweeney St. Bike Trail
: Trail length (1.5 miles) Location: 987 Sweeney St
This is by far the best bike trail in North Tonawanda. With ample parking at Mayor’s Park the trail leads you along the Erie Canal and takes you to the heart of the NT Business District ending at Gateway Park. The path runs adjacent to Sweeney St with a segment of the path near Mayor’s park cutting through the woods and away from the bustle of Sweeney Street. Note: There are sections of the path that end at Division St and between Bryant-Payne Ave that require walking along the street.
Heritage Park Trail:
Trail length (.28 miles) Location: 166 Oliver St
This little passive pocket park has a quaint little walking trail beginning at Oliver Street and ending at Lincoln Ave. Along the way you'll find the Herschel Carousel Museum, and Felton field which has nice small hills perfect for children sledding. Note: Heritage park is also two blocks away from the Farmers Market (less than a quarter mile) and .25 miles from Pinewoods Park.