The Earl Cardot Eastside Overland Trail

The Earl Cardot Eastside Overland Trail stretches 19 miles across Chautauqua County, offering users some of the most well kept and marked trails in all of Western New York. Also spanning multiple reforestation areas like its Westside counterpart, this trail’s first couple legs will take you on a trip through the expansive, heavily wooded Harris Hill State Forest. As you continue along the trail you’ll get an amazing sense for the diverse ecosystems, activities for all ages, and wealth of memorable experiences that reside in Chautauqua County.

Who is Earl Cardot?

Earl Cardot was born, raised and lived his life in the hills of the Town of Arkwright. At 29 years of age, Earl was elected Town Supervisor, a position he held for 36 years. While on the County Board of Supervisors he served as Chairman or the Forestry Committee. He was Instrumental in establishing many forest plantations on Reforestation Properties.

If Earl wasn’t fanning or attending meetings he could be found within the forests of his town. His knowledge or those forests are legendary. After the Board of Supervisors established the Parks Commission he was appointed as the Supervisors member. Cardot remained a member into the year 2000.

This trail winds through towering forests he helped to establish. It is only filling that it is named in honor of Earl Cardot.

19 Miles


9.5 Hours to Hike


3 State Forests


Crosses Eastern Continental Divide


Stay Overnight in a Lean-To


Dogs Allowed on a Leash


The Overland Trails are a great way to get outside and adventure through the diverse ecosystems in Chautauqua County. The Westside and Eastside combine to give you over 40 miles of trails to explore, each with unique points of interests, wildlife, scenery, and varying difficulty levels. This makes them an ideal recreational destination for all ages and experience levels. While you’re hiking keep a look out for our trail markers to make sure you’re on the right path and learn about some of the unique destinations, wildlife, forests, and more!