Maps & Guidebooks
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.
Map | Empire State Trail (ny.gov) includes all 750 miles of trail from NYC to Lake Champlain and east-west from Albany to Buffalo.
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.
Champlain Canalway Trail- Find online maps and information on communities from Waterford to Whitehall.
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.
Supported and Self-Supported Trail Tours
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.
Great American Bike Tours
Offers fully supported bike tours along the Erie Canalway Trail.
Noble Invention Bike Touring
Offers self-guided tours along the Erie Canalway Trail.
Bicycle Loop Routes
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.