Summer 2020 on New York’s Canals and Trails

As the weather warms and days stay brighter longer, the New York State Canal Corporation is preparing for another great season of summer recreation in Upstate New York. Boaters, paddlers, and individuals looking to exercise both mind and body will soon be able to enjoy the bucolic landscapes that adjoin our Canals and trails in … Continue reading Summer 2020 on New York’s Canals and Trails

Canalway Trail receives over 3.3 million visits

Use along the 360-mile Erie Canalway Trail and 90-mile Champlain Canalway Trail remains high, according to the 2019 Who’s on the Trail report from Parks & Trails New York (PTNY) and the New York State Canal Corporation (NYSCC). The Canalway Trail system as a whole saw over 3.3 million visits in 2019, including three million … Continue reading Canalway Trail receives over 3.3 million visits

Empire State Trail Breweries Passport

What happens when you’ve spent the day on the Empire State Trail and you suddenly crave some high-quality beer? There’s an app for that. Governor Cuomo has launched the Empire State Trail Breweries Passport, which is being run by the New York State Brewers Association, through a partnership with the state Canal Corporation. The app’s … Continue reading Empire State Trail Breweries Passport

Riders soak in fall colors along the Empire State Trail with “Pedal to Peebles” event

As a part of the annual Bike Your Park Day and Hudson River Valley Ramble, Parks & Trails New York hosted “Pedal to Peebles on the Empire State Trail” on Saturday, September 28. This year was the fourth annual Bike Your Park Day and consisted of over 1,000 rides and more than 14,000 participants. The event provides cyclists … Continue reading Riders soak in fall colors along the Empire State Trail with “Pedal to Peebles” event

Gaps in the Erie Canalway Trail Continue to Disappear

Some of the biggest challenges in completing the Erie Canalway Trail are being met. That’s especially true in the Mohawk Valley, where formerly on-road sections are getting hikers and cyclists closer to the water. A new section recently opened in Herkimer County, from Fort Herkimer Church at German Flatts Town Park on Route 55 to … Continue reading Gaps in the Erie Canalway Trail Continue to Disappear

Tinsel: A Sweet Treat for Bicyclists

Tinsel is an extraordinary ice cream shop in Albion. The business name ‘tinsel’ is in honor of the city’s unique relation to Santa Claus. Other than ice cream, they sell craft soda, floats, milkshakes, sundaes, and cookies. They not only satisfy a sweet tooth – they also sell healthy food, coffee drinks, and tea. Tinsel … Continue reading Tinsel: A Sweet Treat for Bicyclists

A Cycling Journey to Remember

If you happened to be along the Erie Canalway Trail the second week of July, chances are you saw a never-ending stream of cyclists. The cyclists were riding Parks & Trails New York's annual Cycle the Erie Canal bike tour. The fully supported 8-day, 400-mile ride from Buffalo to Albany stops for overnight stays in … Continue reading A Cycling Journey to Remember

No matter the weather, cleaning the canal together is better!

Many thanks to the New Yorkers who celebrated the 14th annual Canal Clean Sweep. The 87 cleanup events saw more than 2,500 spirited volunteers do some spring cleaning for the Canal Corridor.  Volunteers worked hard by raking, collecting litter, and planting during this year’s Canal Clean Sweep. The Canalway Trail is looking good just in time for … Continue reading No matter the weather, cleaning the canal together is better!

TrailsBlog: A stretch of tranquility in downtown Syracuse

Note: TrailsBlog is a new monthly feature from PTNY that will highlight an existing, planned or proposed trail in communities around the state. If you have a trail you'd like to see highlighted, let us know by emailing ptny@ptny.org Onondaga Creekwalk, Syracuse As you come around the circular West Jefferson Street and past the former … Continue reading TrailsBlog: A stretch of tranquility in downtown Syracuse

Another Gap Closed in Erie Canalway Trail

Parks & Trails New York joined officials from New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, the Empire State Trail, local officials and other trail advocates on Wednesday, October 3 to celebrate the opening of the newest stretch of the Erie Canalway Trail, running from Pattersonville in Schenectady County to near Amsterdam in … Continue reading Another Gap Closed in Erie Canalway Trail