Erie Canalway Trail
Upstate New York
Duration: 11 Days / 10 Nights
Terrain: Canal Trails & Rural Roads
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Total Miles: 385
Avg. Daily Miles: 40 - 50
Meals: 11 Breakfasts
Full Tour (Price Per Person):
Double Occ. $2289
Single Occ. $2789
Double Occ. $1589
Single Occ. $1889
Fully Supported Dates: May 29 - June 8 :: July 15 - 25 :: Aug. 28 - Sept. 7
Cycle through history on the amazing Erie Canalway Trail! The Erie Canal has been deemed "The Canal That Made America", with over 363 miles of cycling, this tour is packed with beautiful natural scenery, remarkable US history, and the incredible aqueducts, locks, lift bridges and canal parks of the historic Erie Canal. On this journey we'll cycle the full expanse of New York State from Buffalo to Albany passing through more than 200 colorful canal communities along the way.
Half Ride Option: Cycle either the WEST half, Buffalo to Syracuse; or the EAST half, Syracuse to Albany. See itinerary for details.
Getting Here: Tour originates in Buffalo, NY. Free shuttle from Albany or Syracuse available. Return shuttle to Buffalo or Syracuse available for small charge.
Elevation Profile (click for larger view)
Day 1: Arrival
11:00 AM - Optional Shuttle from Albany to Buffalo
2:00 PM - Optional Shuttle from Syracuse to Buffalo
7:00 PM - Trip orientation
Day 2 : Buffalo to Lockport
Cycling: 35 Miles
Cycling begins in Buffalo with a beautiful ride along the Niagara River and the Tonawanda Waterfront, where we enter the Gateway to the Erie Canal en route to Lockport, and the famous Flight of Five Locks considered the engineering marvel of its day.
Day 3: Lockport to Brockport
Cycling: 45 Miles
A glorious day of easy, scenic cycling is in store today as we pass through the quaint villages of Albion, Holley with its lovely park, Spencerport with its cool depot museum before arriving in lovely Brockport our stop for the evening.
Day 4: Brockport to Newark
Cycling: 55 Miles
Today's ride meanders through nearly a dozen unique canal towns, all with beautiful lift bridges, aqueducts and canal parks, including the charming waterfront communities of Pittsford and Fairport offering great views, shops and lunch options.
Day 5: Newark to Seneca Falls
Cycling: 22 Miles
We make our way to Seneca Falls where a visit to the Women's Rights National Park and National Women's Hall of Fame are a must. Then spend the evening exploring the charming streets of this lively little town with great shops and restaurants.
Day 6: Seneca Falls to Syracuse
Cycling: 44 Miles
Enjoy beautiful scenery as we cycle through Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge as we make our way to the Erie Canal Museum in Syracuse. passing through lovely canal parks including Nine Mile Creek Aqueduct Park which has been historical restored to is original glory.
Day 7: Syracuse to Rome
Cycling: 47 Miles
Cruise effortlessly along the bike path to awesome Chittenango Landing a restored canal dry dock and partial village. Continuing we pass many aqueducts and awesome Lock 21 before reaching Rome, where we’ll tour Fort Stanwix with its impressive revolutionary war history.
Day 8: Rome to Little Falls
Cycling: 42 Miles
There's plenty to see along the trail including great canal parks, Remington Gun Museum, Fort Herkimer Churchyard and more as we make our way to quaint Little Falls and its lovely waterfront, Antique Mills and great shops and dining.
Day 9: Little Falls to Amsterdam
Cycling: 40 Miles
Cycling between Little Falls and Amsterdam offers beautiful natural scenery as well as continued Revolutionary War History. Very short distances from the bike trail are Herkimer Home, Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site.
Day 10: Amsterdam to Albany
Cycling: 48 Miles
Enjoy today’s ride as we cycle through NY's Capital Region along the banks of the Mohawk River and passing through historic Schenectady, with Impressive Union College and past beautiful Cohoes Falls, before we drop the kickstand in Albany, the end of this amazing adventure!
Day 11: Departure
9:00 AM - Return Shuttle to Buffalo and Syracuse or departure to your home-bound destinations.