Canalway Trail Connections

Looking for the perfect day trip adventure? Look no farther than one of our self-guided tours of the trailsCanalway_Trail_Connections_Logos_5.png and communities right along the Canalway Trail. We've put together routes all across the state of routes between 9 and 28 miles roundtrip that are perfect for a day out on the bike. These interactive tours provide you with where to park (or start, if you're arriving by bike), places to eat and drink, historical sites, parks and green spaces, restrooms and more to help you plan the perfect adventure. You can even take these mobile-friendly guided itineraries with you on the trail, so that you can follow along and learn about the local history and points of interest as you go.

Click on one of the points on the map or scroll down to the list of itineraries to get started!

Shoreline Trail - Bikeway to the Falls
Ride the Genesee Valley Greenway: Rochester to Scottsville
Discover Syracuse on the Onondaga Creekwalk
Explore the Rail Trails of Madison County
Small Town Charm on the Zim Smith Trail


The trail between Buffalo and Albany follows along sections of the active canal and ventures into canal-side communities and historic districts. While many decide to cycle the entire 360-mile trail in one trip, some prefer to take shorter trips consisting of just a few days. If you're short on time but still want to get out and enjoy a great long weekend on the trail, don't worry, we've put together two three-day itineraries packed with great entertainment, dining, sightseeing, and of course, cycling. Choose from one of the following itineraries to plan a wonderful weekend out on the Erie Canalway Trail.

Don't forget to use our interactive map for a more detailed view of the routes and attractions listed in these itineraries, including route detours, trail surfaces, and attraction listings. Because it's mobile optimized, you can also bring it out on the trail with you via a smartphone or tablet.

Lockport to Lyons

The Trail between Lockport and Lyons follows alongside the active Canal the entire way. This part of the Canal is steeped in history, including active and abandoned canal locks, 16 lift bridges, unique sandstone and cobblestone buildings, and a variety of 19th century architectural styles. Museums along the way bring canal history to life and tour boats offer a chance to experience the canal from a different perspective. Recently, many communities have painted murals on the sides of buildings or other public infrastructure to celebrate their history through community art. Many of the murals are canal-themed.

Little Falls to Albany

The trail between Little Falls and Albany follows along sections of the active canal and ventures into canal-side communities and historic districts. You will see more locks during this three-day journey than along any other segment of the Erie Canalway Trail. Visible are modern locks 1-17, seven enlarged Erie Canal locks, a Clinton’s Ditch lock and a Champlain Canal side-cut lock in Waterford.