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Erie Canalway Trail
4.5
Biking Trails • Hiking Trails
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Journey along the scenic and historic Erie Canal between Buffalo and Albany, a National Heritage Corridor, and enjoy great scenery, interesting history, and unparalleled cycling.
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Giveahoot
Syracuse, New York469 contributions
History meets Nature!
Jun 2021 • Solo
Walk it, run it, bike it but don’t miss it! Take your kids, your dogs or go alone. It’s nature at it’s best! A great place to exercise but also a great place for a peaceful walk.
Written June 19, 2021
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Bageleater
New York City, NY71 contributions
Loved the Canal
Sep 2020 • Couples
My wife Vanessa and I did an end-to-end Erie Canal trip in mid-September of 2020. It was a great soother of pandemic blues. It is an adventure, and it’s wise to plan your stops, but it is a wonderful trip.
Written September 27, 2020
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cclaremcd
Boston, MA15 contributions
A FUN ADVENTURE
Aug 2019 • Couples
Drove our car with bikes from MA to the Albany NY Amtrak station and took train to Buffalo. The only bike train leaves Albany at 7 pm arriving in Buffalo at midnight. The millennium hotel had a free shuttle that picked us up at the Amtrak station. The next morning we took a bus (that had bike carriers) from the mall across the street from the hotel to the start of the Erie Canal bike Trail. And biked back to our car in Albany. Averaged 40 miles a day. Used the Erie Canal bike tour guide and app to plan this trip. A FUN ADVENTURE!!
Written July 23, 2020
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Francie G
Bellingham, WA10 contributions
Tandem and B&B's
Aug 2018 • Couples
We flew to Buffalo and took 10 days to ride the Erie Canal trail...stopping two nights in Seneca Falls (off the main route) and in St Johnsville. We stayed in B&B's and rode about 50 miles per day. We had clear, humid weather most of the way.Two days in the 90's were difficult but we stayed hydrated. The trail is variable!!! From lovely paved forested path to small highway to two dirt car tracks! We used the official guide book, the Cycling the Erie Canal app, Google maps, and "john day" bike marks on the road to complement the trail signage which also was variable. We had a great time, but you need to have an adventurous attitude. We had to search for water and bathrooms. The trail is being improved as I write. They could make it great with a few more amenities. We were surprised by how few riders we saw on the trail, so we were often alone. The history and the locks are fascinating; we're glad we did it.
Written August 8, 2018
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Kathleen K
Edmond2 contributions
Buffalo to Albany via Erie Canal Trail
Jul 2018 • Couples
Wonderful trail (in parts) - significant amount of road riding along State Highway 5 - lots of traffic in parts - narrow shoulder, lots of hills/curves from Lyons to Port Byron. Would NOT recommend using Gobike Erie shuttle service - they lost our reservation & were not planning to pick us up in Syracuse to deliver us in Buffalo - finally Diane called us back the night before we were to leave - had no idea we had a reservation (paid in advance). They did pick us up the next morning but we were over an hour late starting because the driver got lost & picked up another group of riders. NOT IMPRESSED WITH GOBIKE ERIE - use the Amtrak service - they have a dedicated bike car
Written July 28, 2018
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linglingma
boston,ma169 contributions
Full of history
Jul 2018 • Couples
We completed the trail riding from Albany to Buffalo. Parts of the "trail" are on road, not well signed or quite far from any service facilities (food, bathroom). What made up for these inconveniences was being able to pass through the various towns and rolling farm landscapes at our own leisurely pace. We met a lot of warm, friendly people and other bikers which added that much more to our trip.
Written July 20, 2018
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JimFStateCollege
State College, PA95 contributions
Great history in the trail and very good for bike riding
Sep 2015 • Friends
While this NOT one fully connected trail, it was a great experience and ride. The Erie Canalway, while 360+ miles, is really a series of 15-20 trails and has you on public roads for about 100 miles of it. Regardless, the towns and people along the way were great. Lots of great eateries and watering holes, and historic sites.
Written September 9, 2015
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tevye v
Ballston Spa, NY39 contributions
Very Beautiful
May 2015 • Family
Lot's of history, beautiful trails, and scenic views. Very peaceful. Really love this area of New York! Very family friendly.
Written August 31, 2015
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JazzyKris
Boulder, CO351 contributions
Wide Concrete Path Along Waterway
Aug 2015 • Friends
What a lovely walk this is! Well… the path is a multi-use path so there were people on bikes, with strollers, plus just walking and talking in groups, as well as those with dogs enjoying this path at the same time I did. Plus there were boaters playing on the water in the canal on this summer’s day.

A sweet group of young Mallard ducks was enjoying bread being shared with them by young humans. Some of the ducks were so well fed they simply slept as their flock-mates enjoyed the chow. The stretch of the canal walk by the restaurants and shops is quite short, but very pretty with the summer flowers in baskets.

I also enjoyed one of the bridges that has pedestrian walk paths separated from the vehicles that rumble across it. From my bridge perch I could see to another car bridge in one direction, and to a train bridge in the other.

The trail was wide and consisted of well-maintained cement so was a pleasure to walk on. I only wish I’d had time to explore the other, less populated side of the trail. Alas, another time.
Written August 21, 2015
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aswezey
Valley Stream, NY42 contributions
Erie Canal Bike Tour Rocks!
Jul 2015 • Couples
This was our first ever Erie Canal tour and we thoroughly enjoy it and recommend you add this trip to your bucket list. Solo rider was as young as 10 years old and oldest was 71, so you can do it! The food supply is delicious and endless from the cheese and wine to the bacon at breakfast. If you love to ride, enjoy great food, meeting new friends, seeing new places and learning all the history NY holds, this is the trip for you.
See you on the trails!!
Written July 28, 2015
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