The Erie Canal was created to connect people with goods to people that needed them. Today, Cycle the Erie Canal continues to connect people. While the Empire State Trail was under construction, Jim E. was working out on the trail, checking traffic signals, lights and crossings, when one day he saw a large group of … Continue reading When Jim Met Amy: A Cycle the Erie Canal Love Story
Author: Parks & Trails New York
Celebrating the Champlain Canal: After 200 Years, Looking Back and Forward
2023 marks the 200th anniversary of the opening of the Champlain Canal. Look back (and forward!) with celebrations on the trail throughout the spring and summer.
Postcards from the Erie Canal’s Past
Thousands of postcards from the Erie Canal remain in private and public collections. Not only do they provide a record of the past, but canal postcards also offer a fascinating visual comparison with what you’ll see as you travel along the trail today.
Bikes on Board: A Guide to Using Amtrak to Ride the Erie Canalway Trail
When you decide to ride the Erie Canalway Trail from one end to the other, chances are you’re not going to want to turn around and ride the 360 miles back to where you began. Luckily, thanks to years of advocacy, it’s now possible to use the train to shuttle you and your bike across the state!
Empire State Trail Town Action Plan Sets Brockport Up for Success
In 2022, Parks & Trails New York (PTNY) and the New York State Canal Corporation (NYSCC) launched the Empire State Trail Town program to showcase the value of the Empire State Trail, the nation’s longest multi-use trail as an economic driver and a catalyst for community building for trailside communities.
Get Active, Give Back, and Go Explore: Volunteer on the Erie Canalway Trail
At the end of the calendar year most of us dream up an ambitious new year’s resolution to set a positive precedent for the upcoming year. If your resolution is to be a healthier, more philanthropic, adventurous person, this is your year to become a volunteer along the Erie Canalway Trail. While the winter weather … Continue reading Get Active, Give Back, and Go Explore: Volunteer on the Erie Canalway Trail
Eating your way across the Erie Canalway Trail
Cycling the Erie Canal - both PTNY’s organized tour and a self-supported tour - are both known as opportunities to “eat your way across the state” and experience some of the great local delicacies that New York’s canal communities have to offer. From Buffalo Wings to Utica Pie, it's a good thing cycling works up … Continue reading Eating your way across the Erie Canalway Trail
A Year of Discovery for Canalway Challengers
Whether exploring New York State for the first time, reconnecting to the water and trail after many years, or accepting a new challenge, 2022 was a year of discovery for participants of the Canalway Challenge.
“On the Canals” – Winter 2023 Edition!
From January 1 through March 4, the “On the Canals” program will host a wide range of activities throughout New York. Read on for more details about each exciting new excursion
Congratulations 2022 End-to-Enders
Just this year, over 120 people cycled all 360 miles of the Erie Canalway Trail on self-guided trips, becoming End-To-Enders.