My goal for 2022 is to ride my bike the entire 360 miles of the Erie Canalway Trail from Buffalo to Albany.
If you haven’t given any thought about the Erie Canal since middle school history class, that’s understandable. Two hundred years ago an enormous ditch was dug to connect the Hudson River to Lake Erie. Luckily for bicyclists the canal was built with a generous towpath. While the original idea was for mules or horses to pull barges (filled with lumber, coal or hay), it also works great for bikes.
The Erie Canalway Trail is a total of 360 miles from end to end and connects every major city in upstate New York. The vast majority of the route (~85%) is a multi-use trail which has a mix of paved and stone dust surfaces. Elevation change is modest along the route since barges don’t like to climb or descend. There are 35 locks on the canal which are operated by the New York State Canal Corporation. The bike trail follows current and historic segments of the Erie Canal.Continue reading