A very well maintained, clearly marked trail. Great for day hikes and beginning backpackers. The trail shares several sections with a snowmobile trail so the path is often quite wide and level. My wife and I have hiked various parts of it several times with our aging dogs and we'll surely be back.
I took my 9 & 7 year old nephews out for their first taste of backpacking and the trail was perfect for them. We stayed at the northern campsite and found it well maintained and mostly clean.
Recently the trail has adopted a carry in/carry out policy (which is what everyone should do anyway) and eliminated the always-overflowing garbage cans at the campsite. So, unfortunately, there was some evidence of recent partying at the campsite. Beer cans, broken glass, cigarette butts and so forth but not enough to make the stay unpleasant. We cleaned up carried out as much as was feasible for us. Some people are just pigs, y'know?
Anyway, it's a great little all-season moderately challenging trail that I would feel comfortable hiking with my 70 year old mother or my 7 year old nephew. There are lots of access points to various sections of the trail so a hike of any length is easy to plan. I hope our next visit we'll be able to take a weekend and hike the whole 24 miles.
The Fred J. Cusimano Westside Overland trail (yes... quite a mouthful) is a fantastic little trail that is great for beginners and mountain biking. There is not much elevation gain/loss but it is a well maintained with great foliage. There is abundant parking at the Chautauqua Gorge and several other spots along the trail. Maps can be found online (google Fred J. Cusimano) but may frequently be found at the trail heads in the registration boxes.
The two leantos are nice places to camp with the southernmost at point 'N' on the map being situated on a beautiful little pond. This site is highly recommended.
I would rate it higher if it were more challenging but it is well worth it for an overnighter or just a simple walk in the woods! We have hiked here many times from various points.
The Overland trail is a nice two day hike not far from the city. They have shelters at the trailhead (strange place for them) but nowhere else along the trail, so if you're overnighting you'll have to bring a tent. Pretty moderate terrain...a few hills and a couple of short sections where you have to go along country roads but the time on the trail is nice. Several large ponds along the way and many streams for water make it convenient to camp and cook. Wildlife spotted include deer, grouse, lots of birds, salamanders, frogs and toads and the occasional bear although I've yet to see one.
Great trail to shake off the rust from the winter. Trail was in good condition only one spot beavers busted up as mentioned in the review from CP. Camp site were very nice, and we didnt run into crowds. Ponds were very nice, maybe we can get some reviews on "The fishing report" on these lake we tried a few casts at them, but its hard to fish when there are dogs swimming around in the water. Just an FYI if your doing it end to end there is a part where you come to a road next to a house on your left the trail picks up literaly right across the road. We went about a .5 mile out of the way walking and talking on the road. O'well makes for a nice story in the future. Will do this again maybe each season, it was that much fun! Enjoy
Great overall trip we did it in may and was still a bit wet.i'd assume summer hike would be the best time. there are two lean-too camps along the trail with well pumps for water. the trail is well marked and open for backpacking. only major issue is a brake in the trail due too beaver dams where you might get your feet a little wet to get past it. That is in between the two lean-to's. we did it over 3 days with a group of 6 and all had a great time.