Cycling Resources


Finding your way is easy.

Maps & Guidebooks

Use -- an online guide and interactive map -- to plan an afternoon outing or week-long trip to the Canalway Trail.

The Cycling the Erie Canal Guidebook from Parks & Trails New York is a comprehensive guide to cycling the Canalway Trail. Easy to tuck in a bike bag and take with you.

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.

Supported Trail Tours

Fully supported cycling tours along the Erie Canalway Trail that include lodging and meals are offered by:

Parks & Trails New York- Cycling the Erie Canal
Annual 8-day supported ride from Buffalo to Albany

Classic Adventures

Wilderness Voyageurs

Bike Shuttle

Erie Canal Bike Shuttle- New for 2017, this service will transport you and your bike between Buffalo and Albany so you can get to your starting location or return to your own vehicle after your cycling trip. Shuttle stops in multiple locations.


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.

Bicycle Loop Routes

Explore more using on-road tour routes that connect with the Canalway Trail. Available here as PDFs or from county tourism agencies.

Madison County Guide

Wayne County Guide

Orleans County Guide, side A

Orleans County Guide, side B

Thanks to the New York Bicycling Coalition and county tourism agencies for developing the maps, with funding support from Erie Canalway.