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Erie Canalway Trail

Bike Tour Blueprint




365 Miles


Crushed Gravel, Paved




Northeast - New York


5, 6 & 9 Days


Hotel, B&B, Camping




The Erie Canalway is a 365-mile trail following the route of the historic the Erie Canal from Buffalo to Albany, New York. The trail is primarily flat and on crushed gravel or asphalt bike path, with a few sections of road-riding. A mix of urban centers and small towns are located with relative frequency along the route. A wide range of cyclists will enjoy touring this trail and we offer itineraries with options for 40 to 80+ miles per day. The Erie Canalway Trail is part of the Empire State Trail system and also part of a larger Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor. The trips detailed in this blueprint will focus on the trail between Buffalo and Albany, primarily following the Empire State Trail routing. We also offer a blueprint of the entire Empire State Trail system.


Our guests who purchase the Erie Canalway Trail Bike Tour Blueprint receive the following:

  • In-Depth Trail Knowledge
  • Detailed Trip Itineraries
  • Build-it Guide to Reserving your Trip
  • Digital Route Maps with POIs and Offline Cues


The Erie Canalway Trail is an incredible ride that spans the entire state of New York, from Buffalo to Albany. 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.

Erie Canal Lock 21 building
Erie Canal fairport rider
Erie Canal canal boat

The western end of the Erie Canal between Lockport and Newark is a contiguous crushed gravel trail. Riders will pass by numerous historic port towns and enjoy relaxing evenings at a nearby B&B or campground. Past Newark the route is a mix of secondary roads and short bike paths, with fewer services but plenty of scenery. At the eastern end the Erie Canalway follows the Mohawk Hudson Bike Trail, a paved bike trail that provides views of the Mohawk River Valley and offers an easy path into Albany.

Difficulty: The Erie Canalway Trail is rated at medium difficulty. The trail is relatively flat and has little elevation gain (mostly at the eastern end), but does require some road riding. This route is best for riders comfortable with riding on roads with some traffic. 




Frank and Sue F.
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The Schoolhouse and Lindenhof B&B were spectacular. The beds in all the hotels were really, really comfy. We loved the small towns along the trail and the downhill direction of the trail. We met lovely people everywhere….midwest hospitality and friendliness. There were plenty of little towns along the way. And there were many really, really friendly bikers who were very helpful and fun. Was the trip paced to your satisfaction? Yes, very much so.
Tom and Sharon B.
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The Country Inn staff did everything they could to help us…The Hotel Bothwell and Hotel Frederick were both very accommodating and friendly….Capt Wohlt Inn, in Hermann, had Brant going out of his way to help us. He even cleaned our bikes for us. …It was fine for us older folks ( we’re 71 & 72) with no shuttle taking our luggage. Each day was very doable. Of course we had almost perfect weather. We had no issues with food our water etc. thanks to your materials. And, of course, you can’t do anything about the Missouri wind and dust.

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