Yes, you can!

Complete your 1st Mile with the Canalway Challenge. Walk, cycle, paddle, or use a wheelchair. People of all abilities are welcome to participate. Sign up with as an individual, or with a team or organization. Click the SIGN UP tab above to get started and then challenge yourself for more if you'd like to keep going.


"One mile turns into two, turns into 90 and, before you know it, turns into a more healthy and active life."

-- John Robinson, Our Ability, Inc.

John Robinson and girl in a wheelchair
Girl using an adaptive bike

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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.


Provider Location Equipment/Services
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
Accessible Adventures

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.

1st Mile Events

Color Wayne Fun Run/Walk


Pop-up Palooza: Accessible Kayaking & Cycling Exploration


TRAID on the Trail


Journey Along the Erie Canal

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Many thanks!


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.

® I LOVE NEW YORK is a registered trademark and service mark of the New York State Department of Economic Development; used with permission.