North of the picturesque Lake Chautauqua is the little village of Mayville, an intimate place to relax and enjoy excellent dining, shopping and arts as well as a host of exciting outdoor activities. Activities for tourists in Mayville have a lot to do with Lake Chautauqua, which is a peaceful body of water measuring 17 miles long and 2 miles wide. If you are planning to spend your next vacation in Mayville and the surrounding little towns, then you should make a point to visit these attractions around Lake Chautauqua.
Black Locust Riding Stables
6642 East Lake Road
Mayville, New York 14757
Take a lazy horse-drawn carriage ride or a horseback ride through the scenic fields of Mayville with the trainers and guides of the Black Locust Riding Stables. This well-known stable currently houses 25 groomed and well-bred horses in its 28-stall turn-of-the-century barn. The guides are friendly and accommodating, and they will ensure that you have a most enjoyable horseback riding experience. Even if you have never tried horseback riding before, you will find it easy and comfortable to mount and ride a gentle beast after the introductory lesson. The Black Locust Riding Stables is located about 1 mile northeast of the downtown area, and it should be just a short distance away from your Mayville Inn.
Village Park to Brocton
Mayville, New York 14781
Winding through the woodlands and flowered meadows near Lake Chautauqua are miles and miles of abandoned rail corridors that have been converted into off-road trails for a variety of outdoor activities. Some of the activities that you can enjoy on these trails include hiking, biking, running, walking, bird-watching, horseback riding and cross country skiing. You can also get acquainted and familiarize yourself with the hundreds of species of interesting flora and fauna. The trails are also ideal for school camping trips, company outings and other activities.
The first section of Rails-to-Trails is called the Sherman Recreational Trail. The starting point of this 0.5-mile trail is located at the Village Park, just behind the well-known Corral Restaurant. The final part of the trails is the Brocton Area Recreational Trail, which is a 2-mile trail that runs through Brocton Village, as well as many local vineyards. If you are planning to drive to the trailhead at Village Park, you can get directions from the staff at your Mayville Bed and Breakfast.
Chautauqua Lake Snowmobilers Club
Mayville, New York 14757
It's no wonder why the Lake Chautauqua area is considered a winter wonderland. In Mayville, average snowfall is more than 250 inches every year and there are more than 200 miles of snowmobile trails for you to explore. The Chautauqua Lake Snowmobilers Club is responsible for maintaining these trails, with the help of local businesses and other snowmobile clubs in the area. Snowmobiling in Chautauqua is possible between December and late April, and it is the best way to experience the scenic beauty around the lake during winter. The Chautauqua Lake Snowmobilers Club also offers a wide range of exciting activities for families, including bonfires and dinner rides.