Cycling the Erie Canal, Revised Edition

A Guide to 400 Miles of Adventure and History Along the Erie Canalway Trail

By Parks & Trails New York

Subjects: New York/regional
Imprint: Distribution Partners
Paperback : 9780974827735, 152 pages, August 2015

Table of contents

How to use this guide

About the Erie Canalway Trail
A brief history of the Erie Canal

Overview Locator Map

Section 1 - Buffalo to Rochester
Section 1 Map
Map 1 Buffalo South
Map 1A Downtown Buffalo
Map 2 Buffalo North
Map 3 Tonawandas
Map 4 Lockport
Map 5 Gasport-Medina
Map 6 Medina-Albion
Map 7 Albion-Holley
Map 8 Brockport-Spencerport
Map 9 Rochester West
Map 9A Downtown Rochester

Section 2 - Rochester to Syracuse
Section 2 Map
Map 10 Rochester East
Map 11 Fairport-Palmyra
Map 12 Palmyra-Newark
Map 13 Lyons-Clyde
Map 14 Montezuma
Map 15 Waterloo-Seneca Falls
Map 16 Port Byron-Weedsport
Map 17 Jordan-Camillus

Section 3 - Syracuse to Little Falls
Section 3 Map
Map 18 Syracuse West
Map 18A Downtown Syracuse
Map 19 Syracuse East
Map 20 Chittenango-Canastota
Map 21 Oneida
Map 22 Rome
Map 23 Oriskany
Map 24 Utica-Frankfort
Map 25 Ilion-Herkimer

Section 4 - Little Falls to Albany
Section 4 Map
Map 26 Little Falls-St. Johnsville
Map 27 St. Johnsville-Canajoharie
Map 28 Canajoharie-Fultonville
Map 29 Fultonville-Amsterdam
Map 30 Rotterdam Junction
Map 31 Schenectady
Map 32 Cohoes-Waterford
Map 33 Troy-Albany
Map 33A Downtown Albany

Bicycle shops
Fairs and festivals

Cycling safety
Trail etiquette
Travel and logistics â€" Mileage Chart
Preparing for multi-day cycling trips
Additional reading and resources
Canalway Partners

An indispensable resource for dedicated cyclists planning to bike across the state or the casual rider looking to take the family out for a couple of hours. Great for walkers, boaters, and auto travelers, too.


The Erie Canalway Trail is a cycling destination for riders of all abilities. Following one of the world's most famous manmade waterways, it spans New York State between Albany and Buffalo. Whether enjoying a leisurely ride from one village to another, or spending a week completing the entire 360 miles, the Erie Canalway Trail offers endless adventures exploring the charming towns, living history, scenic beauty and cultural attractions of New York State. The trail route follows both active and historic sections of the Erie Canal. For more than thirty years, state and local governments have been transforming the old towpath and abandoned rail corridor into a 360-mile multi-use pathway; by 2015, more than three-quarters of the off-road route was in place.

The guidebook is designed primarily for use by bicyclists, but it is also useful for those planning to enjoy the trail on foot, travelling the canal system by boat, or visiting the Canal corridor's many sites by car. The revised edition includes new inset maps to guide trail users through complicated stretches. All new trail segments developed since 2012 have been added, along with on-road routing updates. The guide's comprehensive listings of attractions, historic sites, visitor centers, and parks make it an indispensable resource for dedicated cyclists planning to bike across the state or the casual rider looking to take the family out for a couple of hours.