Holiday Valley For Mountain Biking

The 5th most popular mountain bike trail in New York.

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South of Buffalo near Ellicottville, the Holiday Valley ski area has two main mountain bike trails totalling 5 miles. The trails include the 2.2 mile Senear Valley Trail and the 2.75 mile Grinder Trail. Encompassing these trails is the 4.5 mile race-loop starting from the Training Center the heads up Cindys and then runs the ridge cross-country style to the top of Eagle before the desent. The Senear Valley Trail is a classic flow trail winding down the woods of Champagne. The trails start from the Training Center off Holiday Valley Road. There are some tricky singletrack sections and a vertical climb of 600 feet.

In addition to the lift accessed mountain biking at Holiday Valley, there is tons of riding in the adjacent state forest lands. The mountain bike trails in the state forest land are maintained by the Western New York Mountain Bike Association (WNYMBA). To reach the mountain biking at Holiday Valley Ski Area from the north, head south on US190 to US90 westbound (the NYS Thruway.) Take Exit #55 to US219 South. Continue south on US219 for 50 miles to Ellicottville, then 1 mile farther south on 219 to Holiday Valley. To reach the mountain biking at Holiday Valley Ski Area from the west, follow US90 to Exit #37 (the Jamestown exit). Follow SR86/US17 east (Southern Tier Expressway) to Exit #21 in Salamanca. Next, head north on US219 10 miles to Holiday Valley.

Overall, Holiday Valley is the 5th most popular mountain bike trail of all 48 mountain biking rides in New York. Several of the better mountain bike trails are nearby Holiday Valley including Allegany State Park and Chautauqua Rails-To-Trails.


Local Contact(s):  Holiday Valley (716) 699-2345; NY Tourism (800) CALL NYS; Ellicottville Bike Shop (716) 699-BIKE.

Best Season:  May - Sep.

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  Telemark Inn, Ellicotville

Luxury Loding:  Ellicottville Inn (716) 699-2373; The Inn at Holiday Valley

Breakfast Restaurant:  Dina's, Ellicottville; DJ's, Ellicottville

Reference Source:  click here

Article Source:   Best Holiday Valley Mountain Biking Review

GPS:  42.265, -78.677

Date Published:  1/5/2016

Date Updated:  4/24/2017

ID:  11611

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