More than three-quarters of the 365-mile long, off road trail between Albany and Buffalo is complete and safe for all ages. Because the trail closely parallels both active and historic sections of the Erie Canal, it offers easy access to and from communities throughout the Corridor. When finished, the trail will be the nation’s longest multiple-use trail.
Trail markers and wayfinding signs make it is easy to follow the trail and to connect off-and-on-road segments. Bicycling, walking, and cross-country skiing are allowed on all trails in the system. Other uses vary by location. The New York State Canal Corporation is responsible for developing and overseeing the Erie Canalway Trail. Contact them directly with questions or for more information.
7/17/19: The trail in the vicinity of the Historic Flight of Five Locks in Lockport is scheduled to close due to construction from August 1, 2019 to August 22, 2019, Mondays through Fridays from 7:00am to 4:00pm. The trail will be opened at the end of the work day and on weekends. The pedestrian detour will be in place during the trail closures. These dates are subject to change, please check back for updates.
6/28/19: Resurfacing of the trail from MIDDLEPORT East of Main Street to Eagle Harbor Road in Albion is nearly complete. The new surface takes a few days to settle and may be soft in some places. The trail is open; use caution. Should you need them, here are several on road routes >
|Erie Canal Heritage Trail Buffalo to Lyons||120||Level cycling along the canal with optional stops to explore canal villages along the way.|
|Old Erie Canal |
Schasel Park in Port Byron to Warners Road in Camillus
|28||Follows old Erie Canal route through Central New York; traverses Camillus Erie Canal Park, which includes restored aqueduct at Nine Mile Creek.|
|Old Erie Canal State Park Dewitt to Rome||36||Follows old Erie Canal through original canal towns; Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum is on route.|
|Rome to Utica||14||Follows the Erie Canal/Mohawk River with some lovely views along a largely shaded path. |
|Mohawk Hudson Bikeway Little Falls to Albany||86||Plenty to see and do; visit locks, historic and cultural sites, and canal towns. Short segments are easy to access for day trips.|
|Glens Falls Feeder Canal Trail |
Fort Edward to Glens Falls
|9||Follows the 1832 feeder canal that supplied water to the Champlain. Connects with the Glens Falls Bikeway to Lake George.|