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

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

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

2021 Canalway Challengers Discover the Best of the Canalway Corridor

Mary Davis and Anne Sabo, 360-mile End-to-Enders Thousands of people from around the country are walking, running, cycling, and paddling the canals and Canalway Trail in 2021 as part of the Canalway Challenge. Along the way, they are discovering the remarkable history, hometown hospitality, and unique local flavors that make the Erie Canalway National Heritage … Continue reading 2021 Canalway Challengers Discover the Best of the Canalway Corridor

Bicyclists Brings Business Rolls into Ilion

The Erie Canalway Trail attracts all different kinds of users for a variety of uses– rollerblading, skateboarding, dog-walking, running and cycling. All of these users can have a positive impact on the trail and surrounding communities. Cyclists, because there are so many of them (48 million people in the United States bicycle recreationally each year), … Continue reading Bicyclists Brings Business Rolls into Ilion

Erica’s Top 10 Things to Do while Biking the Canalway Trail

This fall, we are excited to welcome back Erica, PTNY's Arthur V. Savage Fellow, after her epic cross-country journey by bike. As part of her 3,000 mile adventure from Maine to Montana, she crossed through New York on the Empire State Trail, taking the Champlain Canalway Trail from Whitehall to Albany and the Erie Canalway … Continue reading Erica’s Top 10 Things to Do while Biking the Canalway Trail

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