New York State Greenways Plan


New York State’s trails offer the opportunity for active, healthy lifestyles and enrich our communities with a sense of history, access to nature, and safe places to exercise and play. But what does the future of our greenways trail network look like in New York State? The Office of Parks and Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP), in consultation with Parks & Trails New York, is currently trying to answer that question.

You can help us create a vision for a statewide greenways trail network by participating in the New York State Greenways Plan public survey. We want to know more about who our greenway trail users are, what kind of activities they engage in, and when and where they like to spend their time. Answering these questions will help us answer a critical question we've been asking ourselves: where should we prioritize development in the future?

Greenway trails include, but are not limited to, shared-use paths designed for multiple uses such as rail trails, canal trails, or bike paths. If you visit one of these in your community or elsewhere, you're a greenway trail user and we want to hear from you!

Why Greenway Trails?

Legislation signed in November 2019 by Governor Andrew Cuomo requires that the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation (OPRHP) prepare a plan to help shape future development of the State’s comprehensive statewide system of non-motorized multi-use trails (greenway trails). Once finalized and adopted, the Statewide Greenways Plan will act as a guide for the development of trails of this type across New York State.

With your input, we can create a network that is appealing to people of all ages and abilities.

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