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The Empire State Trail provides a bike touring experience that is unforgettable and should be on any bike tourist’s “must ride” list. It is made up of three routes which cross the state, any of which are worthy touring destinations on their own.
The Erie Canalway Trail is a 365-mile trail runs from Buffalo to Albany and parallels the historic Erie Canal along much of its length. It is an accessible trail with very little elevation change and runs primarily on bike paths. Along the Erie Canalway Trail riders can enjoy the farmlands and orchards of upstate NY, early transportation history along the canal, and views of the Mohawk River Valley as they approach Albany.
The Hudson Valley Greenway is a gorgeous 190-mile trail system that runs from the city of Albany, along the Hudson River Valley, to end at Battery Park in New York City. This section of the Empire State Trail is moderately difficult with very little on-road riding and rolling elevation changes. The majority of the route is on dedicated bike trails/paths, including the segment that runs through NYC, although there is a short section on-road between the Bronx and Inwood.
The Champlain Valley Trail runs for 200 miles from the Canadian Border to Albany is almost entirely on-road and is recommend for experienced cyclists only. For cycle tourists interested in completing the entire Empire State Trail, this section offers incredible views along Lake Champlain and plenty of historic sites.
Difficulty: The Empire State Trail system as a whole can be considered of medium difficulty with the Erie Canalway and Hudson Valley sections being the easier and the Champlain Valley section somewhat more difficult. The Erie Canal Trail is mostly flat and on bike trails but does have a good amount of on-road riding, although on secondary and rural roads only. The Hudson Valley Trail is primarily on paved bike trails, but there is a bit more rolling elevation than along the Erie Canal. The Champlain Valley Trail is essentially an on-road route and a portion (Westport to Ticonderoga) should be avoided if possible.