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Biking the Canalway Trail

Image of bikers along the Canalway TrailThe Erie Canalway Trail is becoming a “must do” destination for long distance trail tourists.  It is home to the annual 400-mile cross-state Cycling the Erie Canal tour, a fully supported tour organized by Parks & Trails New York Leaving NYS Canal's Website .

Self-guided touring is available along the Erie Canalway Trail. Three brochures are available to help plan your trip at Parks & Trails New York Leaving NYS Canal's Website .

  • The Inn-to-Inn Touring along the Erie Canalway Trail: Albany, Schenectady and Montgomery Counties covers the eastern end of the State,
  • Inn-to-Inn Touring Along the Erie Canalway Trail: Syracuse to Little Falls covers the central part of the state and
  • Inn-to-Inn Touring Along the Erie Canalway Trail: Lockport to Palmyra covers the western part of the State

The third edition of Cycling the Erie Canal: A Guide to 400 miles of Adventure and History Along the Erie Canalway Trail, is also available from Parks and Trails New York Leaving NYS Canal's Website . The guide book contains route information and lists services such as bike shops, lodging and restaurants.

Additional Resources:

Cyclotour Guide Books Leaving NYS Canal's Website - Publisher of "Erie Canal Bicyclist & Hiker Tour Guide, 2nd Ed. 2010 Revision" among other books on bicycle touring in New York State.

Fully supported cycling tours along portions of the Canalway Trail are offered by Classic Adventures Leaving NYS Canal's Website 
Phone: 800-777-8090. Itineraries include fine lodging and restaurants.

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