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. 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.
This segment of the trail, following the Riverwalk along the Niagara River, is paved. It begins in downtown Buffalo and travels north to Tonawanda, where you can pick up the next section of the Erie Canalway Trail
that continues 100 miles east through Rochester to Newark with some on-road connections. In Buffalo, you can also cross the river into Canada on the Peace Bridge to reach the Niagara River Trail.
The Riverwalk is quite scenic and provides access to two popular recreational amenities in Buffalo: LaSalle Park and Riverside Park, which both offer athletic fields, places to picnic, and waterfront views.
In Buffalo, parking can be found in LaSalle Park (Porter and Amvets Drive) and Riverside Park (Niagara Street and Crowley Avenue).
The scenery couldn't be better. Riding along the Niagara River to the entrance to the Erie Canal on a warm sunny day was great. The trail itself needs better signage so you don't stay on a busy urban street instead of riding the path along the river. ...
The description needs some updating. The entire trail is paved asphalt now, suitable for road tires by and large.
There are some sections that get a little less maintenance than others, so you'll encounter some spots where tree roots are breaking through ...