Use nycanalmap.com to plan your trip or to find attractions and amenities when on the trail. A distance calculator will help you match your desired miles per day with the distance between destinations.
The Cycling the Erie Canal Guidebook and cycletheeriecanal.com from Parks & Trails New York are comprehensive guides to cycling the Canalway Trail. The guidebook is easy to tuck in a bike bag and take with you. Highly recommended!
Free trail maps are available from the NYS Canal Corporation. Call 1-800-4CANAL4 (1-800-422-6254) to request one.
Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike Trail Map- Excellent map of the Schenectady to Albany portion of the Canalway Trail; free from Friends of the Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike Trail.
The Feeder Canal Alliance offers a map and information about the Glens Falls Feeder Canal Trail. This scenic nine mile trail segment from Fort Edward to Glens Falls connects with the Glens Falls bikeway, a paved trail which leads to Lake George.
Fully supported cycling tours along the Erie Canalway Trail are offered by:
Parks & Trails New York- Cycle the Erie Canal
This annual 8-day supported ride from Buffalo to Albany attracts more than 650 cyclists from around the world and across the US. Four-day and 2-day options also available. An outstanding way to experience the canal. Highly recommended.
Erie Canal Bike Tours
Offers fully supported bike tours along the entire Erie Canalway Trail.
Noble Invention Bike Touring
We also recommend Cycling Along the Canals of New York State (2nd edition, 2006) by Louis Rossi, which includes over 1,000 miles of rides along New York’s canals; 208 pages; fifty photos, 25 maps; extensive resource section. Available from Amazon or local book stores.
The Erie Canal Bicylist and Hiker Tour Guide and Finger Lakes Bicyclist's Tour Guide by Harvey Botzman offer detailed route descriptions, tour preparations, and attractions for more advanced cyclists.
Explore more using on-road routes that connect with the Canalway Trail.
Bike Through History- Cycle through the scenic Mohawk Valley with cue sheets and routes that connect with historic sites.
Download route maps (PDF) or request a copy from county tourism agencies.
Thanks to the New York Bicycling Coalition and county tourism agencies for developing the maps, with funding support from Erie Canalway.