Overland Trails are now open

Chautauqua County’s Overland Trails are open.

The Overland Trails, composed of the Earl Cardot Eastside Overland Trail and the Fred J. Cusimano Westside Overland Trail, are the County’s largest hiking trail system. Spanning more than 40 miles in total, the trails include forests, hills and farmland. The trails are suitable for all ages and experience levels.

In 2019, the Chautauqua County Division of Planning & Community Development released a new website, www.hikechautauqua.com, as well as new branding and marketing materials for the county’s overland trails. The effort was completed in partnership with the Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau, the County Parks Commission and Parks Department and state Division of Tourism through the Market New York program as part of a Regional Economic Development Council award. Market New York supports regionally themed marketing projects that promote tourism destinations, attractions and special events.

The marketing program has continued to increase awareness of the trail system by using social media. As of today, the @hikechautauqua Instagram has reached more than 400 followers and continues to post weekly content about the trail system. The branding and marketing materials for the trails were developed in partnership with Black Dog Designs of Glenn Falls. The materials included updated logos, maps, and infographics, as part of the new website for the trail, www.hikechautauqua.com.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the marketing program has seen increased activity on its social media.

“Everyone is excited by the new branding material,” said Brad Bentley, Chautauqua County public facilities director. “The new maps are helpful as people are looking for safe ways to enjoy the outdoors during the outbreak and the Overland Trails are a great local resource. For those using the trails, please remember to practice social distancing.”

For those interested in exploring the Overland Trails, visit hikechautauqua.com for trail maps, FAQs, photos, hiking rules and regulations, area attractions, and more


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