Erie Canalway Trail


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, the Erie Canal

way National Heritage Corridor and the Canalway Trails Association New York, is working to complete and promote what will ultimately be a 524-mile continuous trail along New York's historic Erie, Oswego, Cayuga-Seneca, and Champlain canals.

Closing the Gaps

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. We have been woking in conjunction with Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and local communities to call attention to closing the remaining gaps in the Canalway Trail.

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

Promoting the Canalway Trail

Parks & Trails New York works with Canal Communities, businesses, and agencies from across the state to promote the Erie Canalway Trail as a world-class recreational resource.

Our website brings trip-planning tools, the interactive Erie Canalway Trail map, and information on attractions and amenities throughout the Canal Corridor - everything a visitor needs - together in one place!

PTNY also builds awareness around the significance of the Canalway Trail System to the economy of Upstate New York. Read more about in the Economic Impact Study of the Erie Canalway Trail, released in 2014.