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Address: NY
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Journey along the scenic and historic Erie Canal between Buffalo and...

Journey along the scenic and historic Erie Canal between Buffalo and Albany, a National Heritage Corridor, and enjoy great scenery, interesting history, and unparalleled cycling.

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Great history in the trail and very good for bike riding

While this NOT one fully connected trail, it was a great experience and ride. The Erie Canalway, while 360+ miles, is really a series of 15-20 trails and has you on public roads... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 9 September 2015
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State College, Pennsylvania, United States
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State College, Pennsylvania, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2015

While this NOT one fully connected trail, it was a great experience and ride. The Erie Canalway, while 360+ miles, is really a series of 15-20 trails and has you on public roads for about 100 miles of it. Regardless, the towns and people along the way were great. Lots of great eateries and watering holes, and historic sites.

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Ballston Spa, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2015

Lot's of history, beautiful trails, and scenic views. Very peaceful. Really love this area of New York! Very family friendly.

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Boulder, Colorado
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2015

What a lovely walk this is! Well… the path is a multi-use path so there were people on bikes, with strollers, plus just walking and talking in groups, as well as those with dogs enjoying this path at the same time I did. Plus there were boaters playing on the water in the canal on this summer’s day. A sweet... More 

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Valley Stream, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2015

This was our first ever Erie Canal tour and we thoroughly enjoy it and recommend you add this trip to your bucket list. Solo rider was as young as 10 years old and oldest was 71, so you can do it! The food supply is delicious and endless from the cheese and wine to the bacon at breakfast. If you... More 

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South Florida, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2015

Mostly stone dust, asphalt in cities. Easy to ride with any kind of bike. Flat. Mix of shady and sunny areas. Lots of scenery, lots of history. Great ride. Parking at most major road crossings. Grab your bike and do a section.

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philadelphia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2015

We used this trail for biking. It was a great trail. It took us past the Canalside area as well as a naval yard which you could enter and had old lighthouses, and a beautiful park along the river. Nice ride and if you get tired you can take the Ferry back to canalside.

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Frederick
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2015 via mobile

For a really fun relaxing vacation we rented one of the narrow boats built specifically for cruising the Erie Canal, put our bikes on the boat and spent a week enjoying a combination of boating and biking. Along the way are locks, lift bridges, small towns, good local restaurants, parks and lots of really friendly nice people. This trail is... More 

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North Las Vegas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2015

The trail, where finished, is a great ride. Some areas don't connect well - helps to have a smart phone, maps don't always do the trick. Planning, unless you are self-contained camping, is difficult for people from outside the area. There is no one list of B&Bs/hotels along the way. You'll find URLs like this one http://www.ptny.org/bikecanal/lodging.shtml but many of... More 

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Hillsboro, Oregon
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2015

I was staying about 1/2 a mile from this trail. It is a trail that runs from Buffalo NY to Albany NY. It is mostly all paved and ready for biking and hiking. It follows the Historic Erie Canal that used to move barges and boats from Lake Erie to the Hudson River. Scattered along the way there are historic... More 

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Rochester, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2015

This historic site is part of the Erie Canal, and is located right off the Thruway near Port Byron. It is still being built, but the locks part is already in place. The historic buildings around it are being rehabbed as we speak, and the overall exhibit will be very impressive once it is finished. I do recommend pulling in... More 

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