Two New Trails Just in Time for Summer

For residents of several New York communities, this summer brings new places to ride, bike, and run, with two trail openings at opposite ends of the state.

Last month, trail advocates and community leaders cut the ribbon on the Albany County Helderberg Hudson Rail Trail. Almost all of the roughly 9-mile rail corridor between Voorheesville and the City of Albany has been converted to paved trail, bringing all of the health, economic, and recreation benefits of a trail to thousands of residents’ doorsteps. Over the course of the upcoming several months, the City of Albany will be working on creating a linkage plan between this new trail and the 360-mile Erie Canalway Trail, which also saw several new miles of trail officially open recently.

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Almost 400 miles west in Lockport, trail advocates and community and state leaders, including Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul joined together to celebrate the opening of a new 5.5 mile segment of the Erie Canalway Trail between Lockport and Pendleton. This section partially closes the Lockport gap, the last obstacle to 130 miles of continuous off-road trail in western New York. By the end of next year the remaining 2.5 miles of trail gap will be completed.

Whether it’s on these two new trails, or on the trail you frequent, we hope you get outside this summer to enjoy a ride, walk, or run.


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