Erie Canalway Trail - Experience one of the best trails in America

Journey along the scenic and historic Erie Canal between Buffalo and Albany, a National Heritage Corridor, and enjoy great scenery, interesting history, and unparalleled cycling.

The Erie Canal and the villages along it are being rediscovered for their scenic beauty and rich role in the history of Colonial America, the American Revolution, commerce, and women's rights.

Parks & Trails New York, in partnership with the NYS Canal Corporation and Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, is working to complete what will ultimately be a 524-mile continuous trail along New York's historic Erie, Oswego, Cayuga-Seneca, and Champlain canals. Today, the Erie Canalway Trail is more than three-fourths complete. This multi-use recreational trail complements several state, federal and local efforts to reinvigorate the historic canal corridor.

Parks & Trails New York's focus is on helping communities plan and develop trail segments, and on developing the Canalway Trails Association New York, a coordinated management structure. Parks & Trails New York is helping communities work together to capitalize on the canal and trail, and working to call attention to the rich natural heritage along the corridor. Parks & Trails New York has also been a strong advocate in Albany for funding to complete the Canalway Trail.

Read about the latest efforts to close the Canalway Trail gaps in the 2014 Closing the Gaps Progress Report.

Planning a visit?

Our new interactive Erie Canalway Trail map has better search functions, added attractions and points of interest, a new measuring tool, GPS, and an easier- to-operate user interface. It has even been optimized to work smoothly on your smartphone and web-enabled device. Start planning your adventure today!

Recognition for Erie Canalway Trail End-to-Enders

e2elogoEnd-to-End Recognition Program acknowledges the achievements of bicyclists and walkers who complete the entire length of the Erie Canalway Trail between Buffalo and Albany in one through trip or in segments over a period of time.

Read our End-to-End reports to find out more about End-to-Enders and the role Canalway Trail visitors play in boosting the economies of Canalway Trail communities.






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