Explore the Erie Canalway Trail by what interests you
From historic sites to antique shopping, local food to fantastic hikes, the Trail offers hundreds of reasons to stop along the way. Find the links below that interest you and plan a ride around those attractions.
Built to transport goods and people, the Erie Canal also shaped the nation, giving rise to cities and carrying new ideas to villages and towns. Ride a replica packet boat or stay in an 1800s inn. Stop and tour an outpost of the Underground Railroad or take a detour to visit the birthplace of the Women’s Rights Movement. Enjoy this one of a kind look at American history.
Cycle the Erie Canal and you'll see the engineering marvels that made water travel across the state possible—the series of locks which lift the boats to higher elevations, moveable dams and guard gates to control water flow, and lift bridges that carry traffic over the canal—most of which are still in operation today.
The Canalway Trail is not just a great cycling destination. Its water, wetlands, woodlands and parks offer opportunities for numerous other outdoor recreational activities. Kayaking the canal in Fairport, rock climbing at Moss Island or photographing migratory birds at Montezuma Wildlife Refuge are just a few more ways to enjoy the outdoors during your ride.
Love the hunt for hidden gems and one of kind treasures? The small towns and cities along the Trail offer plenty to discover. Hop off your bike for an afternoon of shopping in Pittsford or at the Little Falls Antique Center, or enjoy a waterfront lunch in Brockport.
Enjoy the numerous museums, festivals and cultural offerings located just off the Trail. Find American painters like Homer and O’Keefe at the Arkell in Canojaharie or visit Glimmerglass Opera in Cooperstown. During the summer, many communities host festivals and outdoor theatre and music performances.