Take your first step and complete your 1st Mile with the Canalway Challenge. Walk, cycle, paddle, or use a wheelchair. We invite people of all abilities to participate. Click the SIGN UP tab above for your 1st Mile and then challenge yourself for more if you'd like to keep going.
The Canalway Trail/Empire State Trail is accessible for all types of activities, including walking, using a wheelchair, and cycling. The trail is accessible to people with mobility challenges and meets Americans with Disabilities (ADA) standards. Off-road Empire State Trail sections are 10-12 feet wide with a paved asphalt or stonedust surface. Stonedust is compacted, finely-ground material that provides a stable trail surface. Stonedust is not as smooth and therefore not as fast for tires as asphalt, but bikes with wide tires, recumbents and hand cycles all work fine.
|Access CNY, TRAID Center||Serves a six county region: Onondaga, Madison, Cayuga, Tompkins, Cortland, and Oswego counties||Adaptive trikes available for free loan; inquire about transportation options|
|Green Lakes State Park||Fayetteville||Adaptive paddling on Green Lake|
|Erie Canal Boat Company||Fairport, Lockport, and Medina||Standard and adaptive cycling and paddling equipment rental for use on the Erie Canal and Erie Canalway Trail|
We are proud to partner with Rochester Accessible Adventures and the Erie Canal Boat Company in Fairport and Lockport. They are providing great experiences and opportunities for people with disabilities to enjoy recreating on the Erie Canal.
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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