Canalway Trail sees more than 3 million visits in 2021

The 524-mile Canalway Trail system is one of New York State’s premier outdoor destinations. The trail gives millions of New Yorkers in more than 200 canalside communities a dedicated place to walk, jog, and bike right from their doorsteps and is a draw for visitors from around the world. Since 2005, Parks & Trails New … Continue reading Canalway Trail sees more than 3 million visits in 2021

Increasing Tourism Infrastructure and Events with a New Grant Program

New York State’s Canal system keeps getting better. Last month, the New York State Canal Corporation, through the Reimagine the Canals initiative, and the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor launched a new competitive grant program to support tourism and recreation along the New York State Canal system, including its waterways and Canalway Trail. The two … Continue reading Increasing Tourism Infrastructure and Events with a New Grant Program

New Itineraries Will Help You Plan Your Next Trip Along the Canals

Have you ever wanted to do a multiday bike ride along the Erie Canal but planning a trip seemed daunting? Or perhaps you’ve wanted to sample some of the best spots for cycling and sightseeing but weren’t sure where to begin. The Erie Canalway National Heritage has developed seven new multiday itineraries that make it … Continue reading New Itineraries Will Help You Plan Your Next Trip Along the Canals

Catch Up on the Champlain Canalway Trail

The Champlain Canalway Trail extends 62 miles from Waterford to Whitehall, with portions co-located on the Empire State Trail. Over the last few months, investments have brought improvements to the trail that are worth a ride to go check out! Trail Improvements in Waterford: Broad Street (Village of Waterford) to 1.2 miles north Work was … Continue reading Catch Up on the Champlain Canalway Trail

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 … Continue reading Bikes on Board: A Guide to Using Amtrak to Ride the Erie Canalway Trail

A Winter Excursion “On the Canals!”

Sleigh bells, holiday jingles, and snowshoe hiking—the air is getting colder, and the snow is about to start falling, but the New York Power Authority (NYPA) and the New York State Canal Corporation aren’t slowing down when it comes to reimagining the incredible ways to spend time outdoors enjoying all that the Empire State has … Continue reading A Winter Excursion “On the Canals!”

Snowmobiling on the Champlain Canalway Trail

This winter represents the second year that a snowmobile trail has followed the Empire State Trail/Champlain Canalway Trail bike path in the towns of Kingsbury and Fort Ann.  A significant portion of this Champlain Canalway Trail route has been a snowmobile trail for several decades.  The completed trail now has created a complete 6-mile trail … Continue reading Snowmobiling on the Champlain Canalway Trail

Get in Gear to Register for the 24th Annual Cycle the Erie Canal Bike Tour

The Perfect Summer Adventure Picture this: On a warm day in July, you leave your car behind in Buffalo to pedal along the historic Erie Canalway Trail to Albany for Parks & Trails New York’s annual Cycle the Erie Canal bike tour. Covering between 40 and 60 miles per day, you will travel along the … Continue reading Get in Gear to Register for the 24th Annual Cycle the Erie Canal Bike Tour

Weathering Winter on the Erie Canal

The New York State Canal System closed for the winter in mid-October this year. In the 19th century, the Erie Canal was also closed during the long, cold winter months. During this time, boats were not able to travel on a frozen canal, and the Canal was typically drained for maintenance. Due to ice, boats … Continue reading Weathering Winter on the Erie Canal

Feathered Friends along the Champlain Canalway Trail

No matter where you are on the Champlain Canalway Trail, you have a front row seat to observe the abundance of common and endangered birds that live in the area or are on their migratory path during the spring and fall.  Midway along the Champlain Canalway Trail between Schuylerville and Fort Edward there are two … Continue reading Feathered Friends along the Champlain Canalway Trail