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Albany-Hudson Electric Trail

35 mi
State: NY
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Ashuwillticook Rail Trail

11.9 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

Ballston Veterans Bike Path

3.5 mi
State: NY
Asphalt

Black Bridge Trail

2.1 mi
State: NY
Asphalt

Bog Meadow Brook Nature Trail

2 mi
State: NY
Ballast, Dirt

Champlain Canalway Trail: Saratoga

1.5 mi
State: NY
Crushed Stone, Dirt

Champlain Canalway Trail: Schuylerville

2 mi
State: NY
Crushed Stone

Cohoes Heritage Trail

0.6 mi
State: NY
Asphalt

Corkscrew Rail Trail

3.8 mi
State: NY
Dirt

Delaware and Hudson Rail-Trail

25.8 mi
State: NY, VT
Asphalt, Cinder, Dirt, Grass, Gravel

East Branch Trail (VT)

0.5 mi
State: VT
Gravel

Erie Canalway Trail

291.9 mi
State: NY
Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone

Hoosic River Greenway

2.5 mi
State: NY
Gravel

Hoot, Toot and Whistle Trail

0.5 mi
State: VT
Dirt

Jim Tedisco Fitness Trail

0.5 mi
State: NY
Asphalt

Lye Brook Falls Trail

2.2 mi
State: VT
Gravel

Railroad Run

0.5 mi
State: NY
Asphalt
Accordion

Spring Run Trail

1 mi
State: NY
Asphalt

Uncle Sam Bikeway

3.1 mi
State: NY
Asphalt

Valley Trail

9.1 mi
State: VT
Asphalt, Dirt, Gravel

Warren County Bikeway

10 mi
State: NY
Asphalt

West River Trail

16.1 mi
State: VT
Asphalt, Dirt, Gravel, Sand

Zim Smith Mid-County Trail

11.5 mi
State: NY
Asphalt
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
Following the route of the former Delaware & Hudson (D&H) Railway, the Albany County Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail serves as a scenic oasis and community connector for residents living southwest of...
NY 9 mi Asphalt
The Albany-Hudson Electric Trail (AHET) follows a 35-mile course through the former Albany-Hudson Electric Trolley corridor from Hudson to Rensselaer in New York State. The electric trolley ran for 30...
NY 35 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
Visitors to the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail will find the full splendor of the scenic Berkshires along this nearly 12-mile-long paved trail. The Ashuwillticook (ash-oo-will-ti-cook) follows MA 8 through...
MA 11.9 mi Asphalt
This asphalt trail is the legacy of an inter-urban trolley system operated by Schenectady Railway Company (SRC) in the early 1900s. To attract visitors on weekends, SRC built an amusement park at...
NY 3.5 mi Asphalt
Just north of Albany, the Black Bridge Trail connects the communities of Waterford, Cohoes, and Green Island in eastern New York. As it parallels Delaware Avenue, it is sometimes referred to as the...
NY 2.1 mi Asphalt
This out-and-back rail-trail's beautiful natural setting and informative signage invite visitors to appreciate the importance of wetland habitats. Located just east of downtown Saratoga Springs, the...
NY 2 mi Ballast, Dirt
The Glens Falls Feeder Canal Trail begins at the Feeder Dam in Glens Falls and follows the Hudson River through town to the Champlain Canal, then turns south toward Fort Edward. The 9-mile trail...
NY 9 mi Crushed Stone
The Saratoga segment of the 71-mile Champlain Canalway Trail includes three disconnected segments near the Hudson River, from Stillwater Township to the town of Saratoga. The longest section is under...
NY 1.5 mi Crushed Stone, Dirt
The Schuylerville segment of the 71-mile Champlain Canalway Trail rail runs between Schuyler House, past Lock 5 of the canal and does a loop around the island (Hudson Crossing Park). As of 2011, only...
NY 2 mi Crushed Stone
The Cohoes Heritage Trail is less than a mile long but serves as a significant local connector: it provides a way for people to travel between the riverfront to the Mohawk Hudson Bikeway. The northern...
NY 0.6 mi Asphalt
The first section of the Corkscrew Rail Trail opened in June 2015. It begins at Knapp Road in Stephentown and heads south under a shady tree canopy towards New Lebanon, near the New York/Massachusetts...
NY 3.8 mi Dirt
The Delaware and Hudson Rail-Trail follows the flowing contours of the western Vermont countryside, rambling in and out of New York state, where you’ll find a 4-mile gap. This border area is known as...
NY, VT 25.8 mi Asphalt, Cinder, Dirt, Grass, Gravel
The East Branch Trail is a 0.5-mile ungroomed, backcountry pathway built on a former logging railroad bed in southern Vermont's Windham County. The remote, heavily wooded trail lies just north of the...
VT 0.5 mi Gravel
When complete, the Erie Canalway Trail will run for 360 miles in upstate New York—from Buffalo in the west to Albany in the east—linking many other communities along the way, including Rochester,...
NY 291.9 mi Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone
The Fonda, Johnstown & Gloversville Rail-Trail (FJ&G) has one main section and one shorter section. The main segment runs for nearly 8 miles between Union Avenue in Johnstown and the intersection of...
NY 10.5 mi Asphalt
The Hoosic River Greenway spans 2.5 miles along the river’s east bank through the Village of Hoosick Falls. The gravel pathway follows the former route of the Boston Hoosac Tunnel & Western Railway,...
NY 2.5 mi Gravel
Although short, the Hoot, Toot and Whistle Trail provides an enjoyable journey through peaceful woodlands on Wilmington's west end. As you might guess, the rail-trail gets its name from the former...
VT 0.5 mi Dirt
Ballston Spa's Jim Tedisco Fitness Trail spans 0.5 mile between Front Street and Prospect Street on what was once a railroad bed.
NY 0.5 mi Asphalt
The heavily wooded Lye Brook Falls Trail runs for 2 miles through the Lye Brook Wilderness of the Green Mountain National Forest near Manchester. The blue-blazed hiking trail follows the bed of a...
VT 2.2 mi Gravel
The Railroad Run trail runs for just a half mile between West Circular Street and Congress Avenue in Saratoga Springs. The trail is part of a growing network throughout the town and county. There are...
NY 0.5 mi Asphalt
Accordion
Currently, the 1-mile Spring Run Trail extends between East Street just south of Excelsior Avenue and I-87, or the Northway, near Exit 15. Eventually, the trail will begin in Congress Park and run...
NY 1 mi Asphalt
Inland and east of the Hudson River, the Uncle Sam Bike Trail (also called the Uncle Sam Trail or Uncle Sam Bikeway) largely serves as a trail for residents of Troy. If, however, you are traveling in...
NY 3.1 mi Asphalt
The scenic Valley Trail spans 9 miles connecting Dover and Wilmington in southern Vermont along the Green Mountain National Forest. It provides a critical off-road pathway for bypassing State Route...
VT 9.1 mi Asphalt, Dirt, Gravel
Visitors can expect a couple of easy climbs as they travel on the Warren County Bikeway through the southern Adirondacks for 10 miles between Glens Falls and Lake George. It’s well worth the effort,...
NY 10 mi Asphalt
The West River Railroad, which once followed its namesake river for 36 miles, began passenger service in the late 1800s as a way to trim the two-day voyage between Brattleboro and South Londonderry to...
VT 16.1 mi Asphalt, Dirt, Gravel, Sand
Popular with residents of Saratoga County who commute under their own power or love to exercise outdoors, the nearly 12-mile Zim Smith Mid-County Trail is considered the backbone of a growing trail...
NY 11.5 mi Asphalt

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Recent Trail Reviews

Albany-Hudson Electric Trail

East Greenbush to Nassau

September, 2021 by kbuffaline

Loved this ride. We rode from Columbia Plaza in EG to Nassau and back. Casual riding took 1 1/2hrs to get to Nassau (and much longer to get back- as it was our first ride this year-do we were tuckered out!). Lol. Miller RD (exit 10) Schodack has a convenient store which is about 1/2 way. So a great “pit-stop”. As was “smilees” ice-cream in Nassau and a Taco place “Diablos ?”sp across the way in Nassau.

Ashuwillticook Rail Trail

Great early fall ride. Amazing views on Mount Greylock and Lake Berkshire. Mostly scenic and quiet. Nice place to stop by the water and take in the scenery. Well paved, wide, smooth ride.

September, 2021 by beth178

Great early fall ride. Amazing views on Mount Greylock and Lake Berkshire. Mostly scenic and quiet. Nice place to stop by the water and take in the scenery. Well paved, wide, smooth ride.

Ashuwillticook Rail Trail

Had a very nice ride yesterday. The trail is well maintained and wide enough that you can pass safely. They are working to extend the trail into Pittsfield. If you find blinking tail light please let me know. Mine fell off my ¿! ¿

September, 2021 by dgetz101

Had a very nice ride yesterday. The trail is well maintained and wide enough that you can pass safely. They are working to extend the trail into Pittsfield. If you find blinking tail light please let me know. Mine fell off my ¿! ¿

Accordion

Hoosic River Greenway

Low budget Bike Trail

September, 2021 by jpgrieco

My wife and I tried this trail because it is a fairly short drive to Hoosick Falls. It is NOT your typical bike trail. It is gravel (hard packed crushed stone) but not difficult to ride on. We parked in a lot in town at the middle of the trail, rode north which was very nice and not too long. The north end is a bit desolate. We rode back and attempted to continue on the southern part, however it was not marked at all and we could not find any visible "access" point. We eventually made our way through the town and found a sign pointing us toward the trail.
This eventually brought us to the southern end of the trail near some little league ball fields. We rode northward again on gravel for about a mile when the gravel abruptly stopped. We spent 5 or 10 minutes contemplating whether to continue or not. Ahead of us was just grass, but not something that looked like a trail. After about 100 yards it became a mowed grass path which was definitely an old railroad bed, rather high with the river to our left and a ditch to our right. To say the least , it was NOT what we expected. This section was directly behind peoples homes and we were not even sure if we were on a trail at this point. It eventually went under a train bridge and came out where it was not marked at all, a few blocks from where our car was parked. To say the least, we wish we had read a review similar to this so we would have known what to expect. Hopefully this will help to inform someone else in the future.

Lye Brook Falls Trail

steep and rocky

September, 2021 by bethferr

This was moderate to difficult. But I am in my advanced 50s and over weight. It is 85% uphill, a lot of rocks. Not sure if all the rocks are from hurricane Irene or if it has always been rocky. A hiking stick was helpful for balance. My husband, same age, not over weight found it moderate to difficult, but navigated the rocks much more easily. The falls are incredible! Worth the hike.

Ballston Veterans Bike Path

nice path

September, 2021 by keithmbeck

Nice flat path for a run. Definitely not 3.5 miles as stated. It’s approximately 3.25 according to my Garmin.

West River Trail

Beautiful but bumpy ride

September, 2021 by gsm1202

I live about 7 miles from the South Londonderry trail head and only wish the trail was better suited for my hybrid bike. The first 3 miles (approx) to the Winhall campground are in bad shape (dirt festooned with rocks, roots, ruts and mud puddles). I don't know when the article summary was written, but I have a different idea of what "well maintained" means. Those with mountain bikes or fat tire bikes should have a much easier time with it though.
The trail ride is sandwiched by a campground road for a couple of miles. It's asphalt, and other than navigating several speed bumps, is an easy ride to another dirt path on the Jamaica side. It's in better shape than the South Londonderry portion. It's not in great shape for riding either but very manageable.
The two dirt path portions follow the contour of the tree lined West River. The view is particularly vivid, particularly in Autumn, and a favorite spot to hike with my dog. As a bike trail though, it needs work.

Erie Canalway Trail

Bicycled the full trail - as a COVID goal

September, 2021 by david.r.cok

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.

Fonda, Johnstown & Gloversville Rail Trail (FJ & G Rail Trail)

FJ&G Aug 8 2021

August, 2021 by jnich8888

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.

Albany-Hudson Electric Trail

North Chatham

August, 2021 by golf12722

I’ve done the rail trail from North Chatham all the way to downtown Hudson. If you park in North Chatham off Depot Road /203 intersection it’s very picturesque. You go south down through beautiful horse farms and streams. You come to the village of Valatie near Bagel Tyme. There is also another parking right off route 9H. It is very accessible, follow the signs through Kinderhook and pass Samascot orchards. You will see a working cow farm where you cross route 9. Use the stop light button! You’ll cross through a street line with corn stalks. You come to the historic Stuyvesant Falls overlook where you will see a beautiful waterfall and an historic textile mill. textile mill.were you were see the remains of all textile mills

Albany-Hudson Electric Trail

Dangerous, poor design, but otherwise clever reuse of a corridor

July, 2021 by tomschmidt

I set out to ride the Albany Hudson electric trail by first parking my car at the Rensselaer train station, and taking the train to Hudson. I wish I had never done so.

I made it about three or 4 miles on the trail, onto the first part of the trail that is built underneath the electric wires following the route of the old trolley. Unfortunately, the trail itself has a large divider installed on it as that first segment of off-road trail gets routed onto a street. It's about 6 inches high, and it's in a place that is absolutely critical for a rider; you need to look up to check traffic, not down to see an idiotic 6-inch- high divider on the trail itself. I hit the curb and went flying. Fortunately I only broke my left wrist.

I have never, in riding hundreds of rail trails, seen one that had a large divider placed in the rail trail itself. Perhaps they put this here to prevent cars from driving down the trail. It's a deadly hazard and it needs to be removed.

Fonda, Johnstown & Gloversville Rail Trail (FJ & G Rail Trail)

Lots of intersections

July, 2021 by brian.chandler

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.

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