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Explore the best rated trails in Milford, NY. Whether you're looking for an easy walking trail or a bike trail like the Tannersville Bike Path (Huckleberry Multi-Use Trail) and Andes Rail Trail. With more than 11 trails covering 356 miles you're bound to find a perfect trail for you. Click on any trail below to find trail descriptions, trail maps, photos, and reviews.
On August 12, 2022 I rode my bicycle on the Erie Canalway trail from Port Byron to the Erie Canal Park and Museum in Camillus (which is on the trail) and back, approximately 19 miles each way. It was a dry, sunny day in the 80’s. The surface was mostly crushed gravel and packed earth with a few stretches on asphalt in the breakdown lane of some local roads where the trail diverged from the canal. The condition was good to excellent except for the final short stretch near Camillus which was unacceptable because erosion in two areas created the dangerous possibility of falling into the canal and because the trail was too narrow for two bikes in opposite directions to safely pass each other. For this small section, I recommend riding on the local road on the other side of the concrete barrier dividing this path from the local road. The surface on this local road was only fair secondary to potholes and cracks in the asphalt.
The museum in the Camillus Erie Canal Park is open 12-4 PM on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday and is open from 1-5 PM on Sunday. Most sections of the Erie Canalway Trail from Port Byron to Camillus run along a non-navigable branch of the Erie Canal which is very shallow and is overgrown with algae or cattail plants or is filled in with dirt. Other sections go through wooded areas, rural areas, farmland and the small town of Weedsport.
My wife and I, fit and in our 60s, took this trail for a pleasure jaunt on a Sunday afternoon in late July. It was a sunny, 90-degree day. Based on prior reviews, we decided to start in Stamford and head southwest toward Bloomville.
We had the trail just about entirely to ourselves, passing just a four cyclists in the couple of hours we were on the trail. Despite the heat, the ride was very comfortable, with lots of shade and a nice breeze.
The terrain was varied just enough to keep us alert--occasional gravel patches, some grassy areas early in the trip--but nothing alarming or difficult to manage. I ride a 10-speed bike (not a mountain bike) and had no problems--it was pretty smooth sailing.
Other reviewers have mentioned motorized vehicles. We got on the trail just as a half-dozen retirees were steering their all terrain vehicles off the trail in Stamford. That was the last we saw or heard of anything motorized.
We didn't quite make it to Bloomville, but turned around just west of South Kortright. A lovely ride--varied scenery, lots of shade, lovely birdsongs--couldn't have asked for anything better.
Road stretch of trail from Canastota to Route 290 trail head and return. Total 28.6 miles. Trail in great condition but stretches of Erie Canal are still standing/ stagnant algae. It was 90+ degrees. Lovely gift of a case of cold water at 290 trail head. The surprise gift was much needed by riders/runners. Posting this to keep track of completed sections as I don’t see that feature on trail link. Perhaps it will be added.
Tuesday June 28, 2022. Clear skies, temps in the mid-80's.
I knew nothing about this area before driving an hour and 50 minutes to the large nice parking lot across from a factory in the middle section of the trail. It surprised me. The other commenters are correct, but I will NEVER complain about any paved, off-road trail. FJ&G is decently paved, has varied scenery and is mostly flat. It even passes several stores where you can buy food and drink if needed, something not easily found on more than 100 other other rail trails I have ridden.
You will see old large, abandoned factory buildings, also not often seen on most rail trails. These were/are working class areas that have changed in the digital age. I found it very interesting and because it is close to the Mohawk River and the Hudson in Albany, I think it might be a nice place to live. Anyway, it was a good ride and worth a drive to get there, thought I did bundle it with another shorter nearby trail in Ballston Lake.
The trail was well maintained but there were too many cross walks. Some of the areas were very run down. Shopping carts dumped in the creek and garbage. Buildings falling down along the way. Unfortunately, a sign of the times in upstate New York. Same for my area.
ON 5/16 with a storm coming in from South, I started out at Orson pond and headed south. Trail conditions are very choppy as this end is pretty much ATV's are the prime users of this section of trail. At about 1/2 mile as you get into woods, the trail begins to smooth out on the edges. The biggest draw back is missing the great scenery on both sides of the trail as you must stay mindful of the trail conditions and constantly finding a smooth path. Also noteworthy is the width of the trail is almost double most rail trails. So sharing this with ATV makes for easy passing. Ended up at StillWater in a bout 90 minutes. Also - there are no markings on this end for miles as all signage is for ATV community. I did not see anyone this day and did not see a single Cycle track, so if you want solitude - this run works.
Amazing trail that has come such a long way!
As you come into Utica, there is a construction area that would benefit from some temporary signs. You ride down a small hill into a wide open area. Once you do this, you will find that there is no sign that should direct riders to go left. Going left will take you across railroad tracks, and to one of the locks. You cross the lock and rejoin the trail. If you make the mistake and take a right instead of going left, you will be forced to ride into Utica on a busy road. Other than needing a sign at this location in Utica, the trail is amazing. We road from Syracuse to Albany.
2021: Biked the Erie Canal trail from Buffalo to Cohoes. Well worth the time. And mostly a very pleasant experience, with just a few caveats. Trail improvements are ongoing and signage along the trail is not always up to date, so check your route carefully, especially where it is on-road. The initial section from downtown Buffalo is grungy city streets, but that improves with a great, mostly off-road trail all the way to Lyons. Lockport to Spencerport is fairly exposed, but from there on to Lyons is generally pleasantly green and shaded. From Clyde to Port Byron and through Syracuse were onroad and not always clearly signed and were the least pleasant. From the east side of Syracuse all the way to Cohoes was a delightful and beautiful ride, with the exception of finding one's way onroad and with poor signage through Rome. All in all (despite my caveats) a good, local, human-powered bucket-list endeavor, with thanks to all the communities along the way and everyone maintaining and improving and filling the gaps in the trail.
We rode from this trail on hybrids and enjoyed the experience. Was pretty flat with a few spots of incline/decline. The pavement was generally good, with a few spots with bumps or cracks from weathering. There were a lot of road crossings so we had to be careful. Very scenic, we rode thru a couple of towns, and saw a lot of older abandoned factories (Louis Meyer Make Gloves). Seems like a great local resource.
We completed this trail ride in July 2021, two adults and two kids(9 and 8). We were very concerned with the lack of local vehicles not following right of way laws. We became frustrated after only going a few miles(from north parking area into Town of Gloversville) and crossing at 17 different Road crossings. This stop and go was tedious and took enjoyment out of the ride.
It seems as though automobiles have the right of way with many poorly marked crosswalks throughout this trail. If you are willing to surrender the right of way you will enjoy surviving this picturesque trail.
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