Whether you are an avid cyclist or a family looking to get more active, set your sights on adventure and fun along the 524-mile NYS Canal System and 365-mile Erie Canalway Trail. Reach your one-of-a-kind, personal mileage goal – whether cycling, paddling, running, hiking or walking – and discover all you can do along New York's canals!
Use your favorite fitness app and your online Challenge log to record your miles.
Great for kids and families, as well as those looking for a new wellness challenge! Whether you’re walking, cycling, or paddling, you’ll quickly get the feel of the trail or waterway and build confidence to tackle more. You can do one big trip or several smaller ones to achieve your 15-mile goal.
There are so many ways to get to 90 miles! Do a 3-mile run, 3 times a week for 10 weeks. Explore six different locations with 15-mile cycling trips. Or plan a long weekend with three 30-mile bike rides. Complete one 90-mile region at a time to achieve End-to-End status (360 miles).
Paddlers should plan about two weeks of 12-mile days to complete 180 miles. Cyclists going 30 to 45 miles a day can complete 180 miles in four to six days. If you are walking or running, divide 180 by your weekly mileage to determine how long it will take to reach 180 miles.
Join this exclusive club! The distinction of being an End-to-Ender is reserved for those who cycle, hike or paddle the entire distance (360 miles) from Buffalo to Albany (or Albany to Buffalo). Plan an extended trip or get there by checking off one 90 mile region at a time.
The Erie Canal and Canalway Trail are divided into distinct regions, each roughly 90 miles. Rack up all four regions to become a 360 End-to-Ender! Connecting canals offer more opportunities for adventure. You can count miles on any of these canals toward your Canalway Challenge total.
Calm water, flat trail, and rural landscapes connect charming towns in Western NY.
Varied terrain on water and land joins picturesque countryside with vibrant cities.
Tasty craft brews and ice cream await along the historical canal of the 1800s and today’s canal route.
The Erie Canal merges with the mighty Mohawk River to reveal treasures accessible by water and trail.
Montezuma to Geneva, Cayuga and Seneca Lakes (92 miles) Famed for its wineries, wildlife, and beautiful lakes.
Three Rivers to Oswego (23 miles) Short but sweet! Paddle the scenic Oswego to Lake Ontario.
Waterford to Whitehall (63 miles) Paddle or cycle a region steeped in American history.
Show off special moments and inspire others to take the challenge! Join the Canalway Challenge Facebook Group and share on Instagram using the hashtag #CanalwayChallenge.
The Canalway Challenge is funded in part by a grant from Market NY through I LOVE NY, New York State’s Division of Tourism, as part of the State’s Regional Economic Development Council initiative.
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