Off-Road Bike Trails

Bike trailst are paved bicycle trails, others   are stone dust, still others, gravel or a loop through the downtown of a village.
The Erie Canal Bike Trails connect Albany to Buffalo New York,  a distance of 360 miles or so.
Biking the Erie Canal's Trails you  follow the canal, built in 1825. Although some sections are on a wide path along the paved  highway Route 31,the trail builders have a goal of over 300 miles of off-road bicycle trail within a few years.

Biking The Erie Canal, Off -Road Biking On Erie Canal Towpaths

Biking the Erie Canal will offer over 300 miles of bike trails, off-road. The Erie Canal Towpaths and former rail lines have been Turned into bike trails from Tonawanda, near Niagara Falls, to Albany on the Hudson, a distance of 400 miles.
Remnants of the 1825 Erie Canal, the first of three versions, have become  historic sites.  The old the boats have been turned into bicycle trails.

Canal History

The canal was supported by Governor of New York, Dewitt Clinton who broke ground in 1817. The Erie Barge Canal was completed in 1825 and made it possible to travel by boat from Lake Erie in the west to the Hudson River in the east.
 The Canal, once touted as the Eighth Wonder of the World, has seen two rebuilding phases since the first project.
As boats grew larger and steam power came in, the towpaths along the old course fell to disuse.
Railroads built track along the canal and then as that mode of transport waned, the flat and wide rail beds became bike and walking paths.
Now determined groups along the 360 miles of canal would like to build off-road biking the length of the canal and they have nearly reached that goal.

Erie Canal's Eastern end uses the Mohawk River to enter the Hudson River.
Much of the industrial equipment lies in disuse allong the canal..
At Macedon, huge cranes and dredges are used to maintainthe canal.
Sunset over Niagara Falls
Biking Erie On the Tonawanda bike trail
Modern Locks built in 1917 emptying for the passage of a boat bound for NY City
Biking on the Erie's multi-use trails along the Erie Canal that total nearly 300 miles

Erie Canal's tow paths have been paved for safe biking and walking.

The Canalway Trail System is made up of four long stretches of off-road biking.  
In the west, the trail runs for 100 miles from Newark near
Palmyra to the end of the Canal at
Tonawanda near Niagara Falls.

In the center, the 36-mile Old Erie Canal State Park Trail runs near Schenectady.  At the eastern end,
Mohawk-Hudson Bikeway. trail starts at the Hudson River, and runs west for 60-miles.
The first canal has been replaced for the most part on the eastern end of the canal.  Biking the Erie Canal is done on old towpaths where mules once pulled the boats

The Erie Rail Trails

Biking the Erie Canal on the old mule tow path and discontinued rail beds offers   paved trails that run for  300 miles along the Erie Canal.
The off-road Trail, The Erie Rail Trails are Canal Tow paths and rail lines turned Into bike trails through the villages and beside the canal locks. .
Wide lanes on highways and back roads complete the 400 miles of bike trail that follows the Erie Canal from Buffalo  to Albany

Buffalo Niagara International Airport (BUF)  is a major air hub for flights to the Erie Barge Canal at the west end. Check Auto Europe's Flights and Rental vehicles.
Albany at the east end of the Erie canal has air service from
Albany International Airport (ALB) Rental Cars Available   
  • Auto
Interstate highway 90 runs parallel to the Erie Canal from Albany to Buffalo
  • Bus
Greyhound, Trailways, and other bus lines service Buffalo and Albany.  Bikes can go aboard in the luggage compartment
•Baggage must not exceed 62 inches when adding the total exterior dimensions of the piece (length + width + height). A charge of $30 - $40 (depending on the distance traveled) will be applied to any baggage above the 62-inch limit.
◦Packaging exceptions will only be made for the following items: bicycles, skis and ski poles must be packed in wood, canvas or other substantial container, and securely fastened    (Excerpted from Greyhound)
  • Train
Amtrak, Albany-Rensselaer, NY, (ALB) To Buffalo,  Depew, NY,  (BUF),   $47 USD , five hours
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