New York

Erie Canal Heritage Trail

photo: Lockport Locks. Photo by Mary Shaw.

Length: 65.30 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Rail Trail
Agency: State
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

Bicycling (on pavement)
Bicycling (off pavement)
Equestrian - Riding
Motorized vehicles - Snowmobiling
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Roller/Inline Skating
Snow - Cross-country Skiing

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Location: Between Albany and Buffalo
State(s): New York
Counties: Monroe, Niagara, Orleans, Wayne
Longitude: -78.8811
Latitude: 42.88093

Driving Directions

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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.

Additional Details

Primary Surface: Asphalt
Secondary Surface: Crushed Rock

Elevation Low Point: Not Available
Elevation High Point: Not Available
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: Trail details, photos and map

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

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



A fresh coat of paint. Photo by Michael R. King.

A fresh coat of paint. Photo by Michael R. King.

Lock 32 Depot. Photo by Michael R. King.

Lock 32 Depot. Photo by Michael R. King.


Lockport Locks. Photo by Mary Shaw.

Lockport Locks. Photo by Mary Shaw.


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