Erie Canal Heritage Trail

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This information is a public record of the 1984 NRT application and may be out of date if it has not been updated by a trail manager --
check with the trail manager for updated details before visiting.

Erie Canal Heritage Trail

State Rail Trail
  • Length
    65.3 miles
  • Elevation Gain
  • Route Type
    out & back

  • 2023 Photo Contest Winner: Rail and Canal Trails. Photo by Michael John Hall
  • 2023 Photo Contest Winner: Rail and Canal Trails. Photo by Michael John Hall
  • Lockport Locks. Photo by Mary Shaw.
  • Lock 32 Depot. Photo by Michael R. King.
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Location: Between Albany and Buffalo

  • States: New York
  • Counties: Monroe, Niagara, Orleans, Wayne

More than three-quarters of the 365-mile long, off-road Erie Canalway Trail between Albany and Buffalo is open for recreation. When finished, the trail will be the nation's longest multiple-use trail.

Walking the Erie Canalway Trail offers a glimpse of what walking across the state with a canal boat in tow might have been like. The trail is open to hikers, joggers, and bicyclists, as well as cross-country skiers in winter. Some sections are suitable for in-line skating.

The Champlain Canal Trail, running from the confluence of the Mohawk and Hudson Rivers at Waterford to Lake Champlain at Whitehall, is still being developed. Short trail segments currently follow the old Champlain Canal towpath in Waterford and in Schuylerville.

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Allowed Uses:

Bicycling Equestrian Hiking/Walking Motorized vehicles, snowmobiling Snow, cross-country skiing

Other Activities

  • Camping
  • Snow, snow play general

Public Contact

Lawrence O'Connor
New York State Canal Corporation
3901 Genesse St.
Cheektowaga, NY 14225
(716) 631-9017

Contact the trail manager for current maps and visiting details.

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  • Part of a Trail System? No
  • Surface (primary): Paved
  • Surfaces (additional): Rock, crushed, Soil

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  • Certified as an NRT
    Jul 6, 1984
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