Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor

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The Erie Canalway Trail runs 365 miles, from Buffalo in the west to Albany in the east, linking other cities of Rochester, Syracuse, Rome, Utica, and Schenectady. As of August 2011, about 75% of the trail is complete with a few remaining gaps (information below). The trail is mostly level, although portions through the Mohawk River Valley are a little bit steeper.

Most of the Erie Canalway Trail is surfaced in crushed limestone dust, which can be smooth and make for easy riding when dry, more difficult riding when wet or freshly laid. For this reason, if you're biking the trail, wider tires are recommended. Other parts of the trail are natural surface, which means tree roots and ruts can sometimes make for difficult biking or hinder wheelchairs. Even fewer sections have asphalt surfaces, and there are long sections in some parts of the trail that are on-road.

Ever since the canalway system was replaced by highway, freight and air traffic, people along the extensive canalway have sought ways to revitalize their communities. As early as the 1960s, communities began to develop trail systems along their neighboring towpaths. Today these trails form a vital part of people's lives, not only providing recreation and non-motorized commuter alternatives, but invigorating communities through commercial, historical and artistic development, while linking neighboring towns.

Trail segments of the Erie Canalway Trail include:

Erie Canalway Trail: Buffalo to Tonawanda (Riverwalk)

Erie Canalway Trail: Tonawanda to Newark (Erie Canal Heritage Trail)

Erie Canalway Trail: Port Byron to Utica (Old Erie Canal State Park)

Erie Canalway Trail: Little Falls to Albany (Mohawk-Hudson Bikeway)

Parking and Trail Access

There are numerous access points and places to park along the Erie Canalway Trail. For more information, contact Parks and Trails New York.

Reviews

2013-07-06 Newark to Pittsford

   August, 2013 by rpdqnelson

Took the Erie Canal Trail from the city of Newark to Pittsford on a Performance Hybrid Bicycle with some friends. Some of the trail could support a Racing bike, but probably would not recommend it as some are areas have soft stone or mud from being washed ...read more

2013-08-03 Erie Canal ride round trip from Pittsford to Brockport

   August, 2013 by rpdqnelson

Took the Erie Canal Trail from the city of Pittsford to Brockport on a Performance Hybrid Bicycle. Some of the trail could support a Racing bike, but probably would not recommend it as some are areas with soft stone or mud from being washed out by all ...read more

Awesome

   October, 2012 by jacquisun

I've done only part of this trail, but it's amazing. And the best part is the length. what other state can claim a trail that is 365 miles long? And everyone things NY is city and NC is rural. well just check it out. Believe me, I live in NC now, and ...read more