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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 Delaware Avenue Trail. The trail was completed in 2011 and its centerpiece was the rehabilitation of the former Delaware & Hudson Railroad Bridge, built in the 1890s, that spans the Mohawk River.
The trail begins in Waterford, a quintessential canal town home to both the Erie Canal and Champlain Canal. At the Waterford Harbor Visitor Center, you can learn about these important waterways, enjoy watching the locks and the boats going by, and walk to nearby shops and restaurants. Come on a Sunday and you’ll also find a lively farmers market.
Two other recreational gems lie at the northern end of the trail: the scenic Champlain Canal Bike Trail and Peebles Island State Park, offering nearly 200 acres of woodlands to explore.
In Cohoes, you’ll find another highlight of the trail: the Van Schaick Mansion, dating back to the Revolutionary War. The historical home is located at the intersection of Van Schaick and Delaware Avenues, and tours are available by appointment.
From the end of the trail in Green Island, you can extend your journey on the scenic Erie Canalway Trail, which continues west all the way across the state to Buffalo.
Parking is available at the north end of the trail at the Waterford Harbor Visitor Center, near the intersection of South Street and Second Street in Waterford.
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