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
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.
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
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
Interstate highway 90 runs parallel to the Erie Canal from Albany to Buffalo
Greyhound, Trailways, and other bus lines service Buffalo and Albany. Bikes can go aboard in the
•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)
Amtrak, Albany-Rensselaer, NY, (ALB) To Buffalo, Depew, NY, (BUF), $47 USD , five hours
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Erie Barge Canal boats carry bikes for off-road biking on the trails beside the canal