400 Miles, 400 Smiles

23 Cycle the Erie Canal tours have been completed and this one may could win the “most appreciated” award out of the more than two decades worth of tours Parks & Trails New York (PTNY) has hosted. After taking a year off in 2020 because of COVID-19, PTNY staff made a challenging decision in the … Continue reading 400 Miles, 400 Smiles

A Summer to Remember “On the Canals”

This summer, the New York Power Authority (NYPA) and the New York State Canal Corporation are taking Governor Cuomo’s Reimagine the Canals initiative to a whole new level. Following the success of last year’s “NY Canal Staycations” program, which featured kayaking on the Canal system and cycling on the Empire State Trail, NYPA and the Canal … Continue reading A Summer to Remember “On the Canals”

Planning an adventure on the Erie Canalway Trail

Maybe you’ve known about it for years and you’ve always wanted to make the trip. Maybe you’re just hearing about it with the publicity coming to the trail now that it’s part of New York’s 750-mile Empire State Trail. Maybe you saw hundreds of riders come through your town as part of the annual Cycle … Continue reading Planning an adventure on the Erie Canalway Trail

Explore centuries of Canal History at Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site

Majestically located near the confluence of the Schoharie Creek and Mohawk River, the remains of the Schoharie Creek Aqueduct harken to an ever-industrializing era in American history.  These “Roman arches over Indian waters” carried the second version of the Erie Canal over the dangerous waters of the creek.  In its first iteration, the canal crossed … Continue reading Explore centuries of Canal History at Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site

Canal Clean Sweep Celebrates 16th Year With Over 120 Clean Up Events

A huge thank you is in order to all who came out on Earth Day weekend, April 23-25, to celebrate the 16th annual Canal Clean Sweep. The weekend saw over 120 events from Buffalo to Albany, with small groups of family and friends spending their day collecting litter, raking, and planting. The Canalway Trail witnessed … Continue reading Canal Clean Sweep Celebrates 16th Year With Over 120 Clean Up Events

One Year Later, “Reimagine the Canals” is Breathing New Life into Canalside Communities

The Erie Canal is something New Yorkers and beyond so often take for granted. A revolutionary feat of engineering built by the generations before us, the Canal connected the east to the west, opening the state to trade routes across the nation. The communities built along the banks of the Canal could thrive with their … Continue reading One Year Later, “Reimagine the Canals” is Breathing New Life into Canalside Communities

7 Spots Along the Erie Canalway Trail to Stop and Smell the Flowers

Spring has sprung (finally!) - so we made a list of some of the state's finest gardens accessible from an easy trip off the Erie Canalway Trail. What better way to celebrate spring than with a ride to a park or garden bursting with blooms? And with Mother's Day just around the corner, we've got … Continue reading 7 Spots Along the Erie Canalway Trail to Stop and Smell the Flowers