Fast Facts

A few details about the Erie Canalway Trail.


360 miles of mostly flat, multi-use trail and on-road segments, that run from Albany and Buffalo, NY.


Stone dust and gravel is the most common trail surface, with some paved and natural surfaces along the way.


The Erie Canal water rises 566 feet from the Hudson River to Lake Erie.

Shopping, theatre, museums, parks, historical landmarks, locally sourced food, wine and beer are accessible from the trail.

Completed in 1825, the Erie Canal connected the Hudson River to Lake Erie spurring America’s western expansion.

Bed and breakfasts, inns, motels, campgrounds, restaurants and bike shops are all easily accessible from the trail.

More than 2,000 people have registered as having biked or walked the entire Erie Canalway Trail since 2012.

The End-to-End Recognition Program acknowledges those individuals who complete the entire length of the Erie Canalway Trail, between Buffalo and Albany. An End-to-Ender is anyone who has traveled the entire trail, by bike or foot. It can be in one multi-day trip or in segments over a long period of time.

From a couple of hours to a weeklong ‘end to end’ ride, visitors can plan trips based on location, length of stay or interests.

Purchase a guidebook and begin planning your cycling adventure along the Erie Canalway Trail.