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riding this summer
 -  + Plan on doing the ride from Buffalo to Albany, early summer. Wish to avoid that big tour leaving 7 July out of Buffalo. Sounds, however, like a good time. What should I expect from road closures and d...
Discussion started 05/12/24 1:24:03 PM by Mark S. - 1 reply (last reply by Ed Marrone at 05/16/24 10:16:41 AM)
Mark S. from Redford on 05/12/24 1:24:03 PM
Plan on doing the ride from Buffalo to Albany, early summer. Wish to avoid that big tour leaving 7 July out of Buffalo. Sounds, however, like a good time. What should I expect from road closures and detours? What about camping facilities? Didn't see too many in "towns and services" section of site. The old American Youth Hostels organization is not as spread out as it used to be.

Roadie Mark

 
Ed Marrone from Springfield, MA 01108, USA on 05/16/24 10:15:59 AM
You can always try the PTNY Guide Book


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 -  + Is there secure, longterm parking in Buffalo close to the Trail? Thanks!
Discussion started 05/13/24 4:33:34 PM by Judy - 1 reply (last reply by Mark S. at 05/14/24 12:30:04 PM)
Judy from Jordan, Ontario on 05/13/24 4:33:34 PM
Is there secure, longterm parking in Buffalo close to the Trail? Thanks!

 
Mark S. from Redford on 05/14/24 12:30:04 PM
Hello:

I've heard that parking for that organized tour from Buffalo to Albany 7-15 July is secure. Might do it myself.


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Biking from Canada across Peace Bridge to Erie Canal trail
 -  + Looking for comments from anyone who has biked across the Peace Bridge over to Erie Canal Trail.Where did you park long term on the Canadian side,is crossing difficult,is it safe biking to the trail.A...
Discussion started 04/27/24 3:56:30 PM by Forever Young - 3 replies (last reply by jeff mann at 05/08/24 1:33:47 PM)
Forever Young from Port Dover on 04/27/24 3:56:30 PM
Looking for comments from anyone who has biked across the Peace Bridge over to Erie Canal Trail.Where did you park long term on the Canadian side,is crossing difficult,is it safe biking to the trail.Any other advice?

 
Old from Rural on 04/27/24 9:49:39 PM
If you do not have a valid passport, it is VERY unlikely that you'll be permitted to enter the country.

 
Forever Young from Port Dover on 04/28/24 10:58:57 AM
No problem regarding passport

 
jeff mann from Fort Erie on 05/08/24 1:32:46 PM
We live in Fort Erie so we were able to ride across and didn't have to worry about parking. I would check with Niagara Parks to see if they have limits on the various parking areas they have near the bridge. They might have suggestions too.
The bridge crossing is easy. Just press the button on the customs (US) building and they'll talk to you. They don't have someone at the gate, but will send someone down.
Once across the bridge you connect to the river trail by going North and crossing to the West until you hit the trail (very close) head North and eventually you'll hit Tonawanda and will find the trail. We took Amtrak back which worked well. It's easy to pick up the return trail from the Exchange St. station


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Little Moose Lodge in Fort Plain
 -  + Does anyone know how to contact Little Moose lodge? Is there a phone number or email.
Discussion started 02/25/24 7:43:53 AM by Buddy - 1 reply (last reply at 05/05/24 10:36:54 AM)
Buddy from Oliver Beach Maryland on 02/25/24 7:43:53 AM
Does anyone know how to contact Little Moose lodge? Is there a phone number or email.

 
anonymous on 05/05/24 10:36:54 AM
They are on Vrbo.


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Where is the Erie Canal Bike Path on roads
 -  + We’re planning a trip on the Erie Canal bike path between Camillus and East Syracuse and would like to avoid any on-road sections. Does anyone know where those spots are? Thanks.
Discussion started 04/15/24 4:26:09 PM by Susan - 4 replies (last reply by David at 05/01/24 12:08:58 PM)
Susan from Vermont on 04/15/24 4:26:09 PM
We’re planning a trip on the Erie Canal bike path between Camillus and East Syracuse and would like to avoid any on-road sections. Does anyone know where those spots are? Thanks.

 
old from here on 04/15/24 5:17:18 PM
Try the interactive map: click on syracus and zoom out.

Didn't look like there sere anything else other than roads... probably mostly empty rural roads.

 
old from here on 04/15/24 5:19:10 PM
Looks like there may be off-road trails. Check the map.

 
old from here on 04/15/24 6:14:59 PM
From Erie Canal Park and eastward, it looks like the path may be almost entirely along a dedicated path and not on roads. Zoom in.

 
David from Camillus on 05/01/24 12:08:58 PM
The section in Downtown Syracuse along Water Street is really the only section that is 100% on-street. The section along Erie Boulevard is off-road in that there is a dedicated trail in the median. It's an interesting ride through this urban environment.


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one way bike rentals
 -  + looking to rent an ebike for my wife for a one way trip for a couple to a few days. does anyone know of anyone who can help me? thanks
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looking to rent an ebike for my wife for a one way trip for a couple to a few days. does anyone know of anyone who can help me?
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Detour between Middleport and Gasport
 -  + Hi! Does anyone have information as to when the work in the Gasport area will be completed? Early May or Late May? Thanks for your assistance!
Discussion started 04/14/24 9:21:13 PM by Giuseppe - 0 replies
Giuseppe from Saratoga Springs NY on 04/14/24 9:21:13 PM
Hi! Does anyone have information as to when the work in the Gasport area will be completed? Early May or Late May? Thanks for your assistance!


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Renting a bike and riding from Pittsford to Savannah
 -  + I recently rented a gravel bike from towpath cycles and rode the canal trails to Savannah. it was really fantastic. here are some highlights: 1) BIKE RENTAL: The Trek Checkpoint ALR 4 Gravel bike...
Discussion started 04/11/24 9:01:41 PM by andrew - 0 replies
andrew from lyons on 04/11/24 9:01:41 PM
I recently rented a gravel bike from towpath cycles and rode the canal trails to Savannah. it was really fantastic.
here are some highlights:

1) BIKE RENTAL: The Trek Checkpoint ALR 4 Gravel bikes that Towpath cycle rents are the perfect machine for the erie canal trails. John at Towpath set me up with a great bike and I really enjoyed riding it. The wheels were perfect for the gravel trails and even did pretty good on some muddy parts after a heavy rainstorm. The bike was great on the trails, terrific on the road sections, and even did good on some single track along the route.

2) Pittsford Dairy has the best ice cream

3) My favorite sections of trail were between Fairport and Newark and especially the area between Macedon and Newark. The section from Lyons to Clyde is really great too. There is a really good section after Clyde but unfortunately the trail ends and goes onto route 31 until Savannah.

4) The section between Newark and Lyons is on old route 31 except for a couple of trail sections. Those sections are really great trail and I wish that they would have put in more to connect those sections by trail.

5) There is a sketchy property and person just after Lock Berlin between Lyons and Clyde. He wasn't there when I went by but all his signs, and garbage, and motion activated sirens were there. I know the backstory and unfortunately, this type of person is somewhat typical of central new york and part of the reason I left the area. I was told that more sections of trail between Lyons and Newark were not connected because of other people that didn't want "people who aren't from around here coming near my property." I don't think there is danger here at this property, but it is sad to see and exeprience.

6) There is an old rail bed that I hope Clyde and Savannah will convert to the trail. The trail follows some of the railbed but then has to go back to Rt 31. Hopefully they are working on it...

7) Trail surfaces are great throughout. there is a lot of variety between gravel, asphalt, dirt. I only hit a few muddy sections after heavy rain the night before.

8) the wetlands along the way were amazing and I spent a lot of time birdwatching and turtle watching. I was there in early April and there were no bugs yet.

This was a great intro to the trail for me and I will come back for more


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Lyons Fire Station in Lyons
 -  + "You are welcome to pitch your tent behind the firehouse. You may use their shower and restroom free of charge." Is this true? The showers and restroom are available at the firehouse? If so, wow,...
Discussion started 03/08/24 10:03:12 PM by Bike Tourer - 3 replies (last reply by andrew at 04/11/24 8:45:29 PM)
Bike Tourer from Hartford,CT on 03/08/24 10:03:12 PM
"You are welcome to pitch your tent behind the firehouse. You may use their shower and restroom free of charge."

Is this true? The showers and restroom are available at the firehouse? If so, wow, thank you Lyons Fire Dept!

 
Andrew from Lyons on 04/08/24 10:09:52 PM
Don't count on anything from the Lyons fire department. They are pretty lazy and can't be bothered for anyone else. It is a good,ole boys club that is living good old days dreams

 
old from Odl Town on 04/09/24 4:35:16 AM
Disappoining unnecessarily disparaging comment from Andrew from Lyons.

I know these guys to be heros.

 
andrew from lyons on 04/11/24 8:45:29 PM
The comment comes from experience. Especially experience of the fire department here not helping people who are travelling on the canal. The question was if using their showers and bathroom is available.... The experience has been no, it isn't so don't count on them. Further experiences are for another discussion forum.
In terms of heroes, are you talking about firefighters in general as heroes or the Lyons Fire Department as heroes?


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Safe Parking near the Erie Canal Bike Trail in Buffalo, NY
 -  + Safe Parking near the Erie Canal Bike Trail in Buffalo, NY? Starting June 23rd we are planning on riding the Erie Canal Trail from Buffalo to Albany. Where is a safe place to park 2 vehicles from...
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Safe Parking near the Erie Canal Bike Trail in Buffalo, NY?

Starting June 23rd we are planning on riding the Erie Canal Trail from Buffalo to Albany. Where is a safe place to park 2 vehicles from Sunday June 23rd to Saturday June 29th in Buffalo near the trail?

Please Advise. Thank You

 
Craig Wagoner from Springfield MO on 04/11/24 4:06:12 PM
I am looking for parking also. Any luck in finding a spot?


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Hostel Buffalo-Niagara in Buffalo
 -  + We offer Hiker/Biker Rates for those biking through! Inquire ahead of time via stay@hostelbuffalo.com
Discussion started 01/04/24 10:12:54 PM by Hostel Buffalo! - 1 reply (last reply by TMP at 04/11/24 11:31:08 AM)
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We offer Hiker/Biker Rates for those biking through!
Inquire ahead of time via stay@hostelbuffalo.com

 
TMP from Morgantown on 04/11/24 11:31:08 AM
is there a trail or towpath way to ride from Buffalo to Niagara Falls


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Lodging in Canajoharie
 -  + Any decent place to stay around Canajoharie this summer?
Discussion started 04/10/24 1:52:42 PM by Craig Wagoner - 0 replies
Craig Wagoner from Springfield MO on 04/10/24 1:52:42 PM
Any decent place to stay around Canajoharie this summer?


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How often are you on road vs path?
 -  + Looking to ride from Albany to Buffalo this summer on the path. 1 How much of it is paved, and not paved? 2 Are there parts of it that require riding on the road? Thank you. Dave
Discussion started 01/15/24 5:57:06 AM by Dave S - 3 replies (last reply by old at 04/03/24 3:05:41 PM)
Dave S from Albany area on 01/15/24 5:57:06 AM
Looking to ride from Albany to Buffalo this summer on the path.

1 How much of it is paved, and not paved?

2 Are there parts of it that require riding on the road?

Thank you.
Dave

 
sreen names from Optional, USA on 01/15/24 10:29:20 AM
1 How much of it is paved, and not paved?
A: Much of it. However, it is very smooth and not rutted. I rode on it safely and comfortably with tires that were smooth road tires.

2 Are there parts of it that require riding on the road?
A: Go the the map. Click on a town name or section. Zoom in to see if that segment is on a road. Most of the path is not on a road, particularly in rural and sub-suburban areas. Then, go to another segment and have a look-see.


My advice: Just get on the path and ride and stop worrying. Whatever your bike is, it is good enough. Any bike, any bike tire will suffice. Maybe a good idea to have a kit to fix a flat, and know how to use it. However, highly unlikely that you will use it. Don't think that you need especially anything other than to just get going. The main requirement is to just get going.

 
Susan from Cleveland Ohio on 04/03/24 2:20:35 PM
Thanks for the trail description. Does the trail get rutted when it has rained? Is it rocky or have large stones or rocks? Were there any alternate roads to take to avoid rough or single track sections (maybe if it rains!)?

 
old from Odl Town on 04/03/24 3:05:41 PM
you asked, "Are there parts of it that require riding on the road?"

Go to the main web page, click on interactive map, and study how close the tow path is to a highway. If, while on your journey, you feel you need to be on a road, that study will show you how close you are.

I have not traveled the entire tow path.

Much of the "tow path" from Buffalo to Lockport is either on a paved path, or road. CHeck out the interactive map.

From Lockport it is "tow path" ... and not "path. "Path" seems to imply that it is a rough, narrow thoroughfare. This is not the case. While it is not paved between Lockport and Gasport (for example) the towpath is flat, not rutted, and hard packed dirt.

Ruts? No. Occasion shallow tire marks: Yes.

Yes, there could be some puddles when it rains, but you'll probably be drenched by the rain anyway. What shallow puddles you encounter will be in line with the soaking you'll get from the rain itself.


I'd advise this: just get on the tow path and encounter it as you would a new best friend. It will welcome you and open up to you, and wbe an experience of a life time.

There is always a little rain in every friendship.


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 -  + We will be riding in August from Newark. NY to Buffalo. Recommendations of a place to stay near the trail. Thanks.
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RM from Connecticut on 03/28/24 1:53:34 PM
We will be riding in August from Newark. NY to Buffalo. Recommendations of a place to stay near the trail. Thanks.


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Amtrak station near Albany
 -  + My wife and I are planning to cycle the canal in June or July. We are taking the Amtrak from Buffalo to Albany but not sure what station is closest to the trail. Any suggestions would be appreciated. ...
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Wayne L. from Penetanguishene Ontario on 12/13/23 3:20:08 PM
My wife and I are planning to cycle the canal in June or July. We are taking the Amtrak from Buffalo to Albany but not sure what station is closest to the trail. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks

 
Chris Walton from Halfmoon, NY on 03/09/24 2:11:18 PM
Schenectady Train Station is closest to the Empire State Trail. The other amtrak station is in Rensselaer.

 
Ed Marrone from Springfield, MA 01108, USA on 03/23/24 12:54:47 PM
taking the train to Rensselaer is right near the Mohawk Hudson trail that will connect you to the Erie. Cross the Hudson River on the Dunn Memorial bridge and that will bring you directly to the Mohawk Hudson


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Buffalo Bike Tours & Bike Rentals in Buffalo
 -  + I am interested in renting 2 touring bikes for Erie Canal trail. What are your prices to rent. Plan to bike trails August 15,2024
Discussion started 03/18/24 9:21:05 PM by Jill nagle - 1 reply (last reply by Anonymous at 03/20/24 6:45:07 AM)
Jill nagle from Apache Junction, AZ on 03/18/24 9:21:05 PM
I am interested in renting 2 touring bikes for Erie Canal trail.
What are your prices to rent. Plan to bike trails August 15,2024

 
Anonymous on 03/20/24 6:45:07 AM
Jill, this is just a forum for the Erie Canal. You’ll need to contact the actual business for prices and reservations.


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Lodging in Albion and Palmyra
 -  + We're going to be riding the EST from Buffalo to ALB in June. Planning to do about 60 miles per day. Any lodging recommendations for Albion and Palmyra or somewhere close? Thanks!
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We're going to be riding the EST from Buffalo to ALB in June. Planning to do about 60 miles per day. Any lodging recommendations for Albion and Palmyra or somewhere close?

Thanks!


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 -  + Still no solid answer. This is one of the BEST bike trails around, Buffalo to Albany on the ERIE CANAL. Can a bike be taken off at Exchange St downtown Buffalo? Roll off or Boxed? YEARS NOW A...
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Still no solid answer. This is one of the BEST bike trails around, Buffalo to Albany on the ERIE CANAL.

Can a bike be taken off at Exchange St downtown Buffalo? Roll off or Boxed?

YEARS NOW AMTRAK DOSNT CLEARLY SAY. Our bikes wound up in Depew couple years ago, fiasco to get them both price and time.

 
Chris Walton from Halfmoon, NY on 03/09/24 2:18:23 PM
Check our #281 Empire SErvice from Albany to Buffalo. I called and you can bring on your bike for $20. Make bike reservations when you book your seat. May need to remove your front wheel.


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 -  + Planning a trip to bike to Rochester in April. Is the Marina open for camping in April (probably around 9th thru 11th eta)?
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Bike Tourer from Hartford, CT on 03/07/24 9:41:19 PM
Planning a trip to bike to Rochester in April. Is the Marina open for camping in April (probably around 9th thru 11th eta)?


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camping rec.
 -  + looking for camping along trail from BUffalo to palmyra for about 7 of us fools. is water avail throughout the trail if we become true weenies any Airbnb's, motels, B&B's along way? thanks!!
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greg gelburd from CHARLOTTESVILLE on 02/21/24 10:15:44 AM
looking for camping along trail from BUffalo to palmyra for about 7 of us fools.
is water avail throughout the trail
if we become true weenies any Airbnb's, motels, B&B's along way?
thanks!!

 
Cathy from Churchill from Churchill, PA on 02/28/24 12:00:16 AM
Last September I biked on the Erie Canal Trail with my husband providing support. We stayed at the Lockport Inn and Suites. I'm not sure about biking there from the trail. My husband picked me up and we were able to drive there. We really loved it. It's like a time capsule. A couple who are a bit up in years, have run it for many years. Their adult children help. Go to the website and you can see the photos of the rooms. We had a jacuzzi, the room was high end 70s, "Hollywood Regency." We got to visit with the owner. He has an incredible (actually he may have more than one) convertible cadillac from the 50s, he let us sit in it and take our picture. Then my husband got to drive around the grouds with him in his golf cart, pick apples from an apple tree, it was an absolute joy! So bottom line, if you want an experience like none other, and you can get there from the trail, stay at the Lockport Inn and Suites.

 
Lancaster Cyclist from Lancaster NY on 02/29/24 9:42:07 AM
Good information. It looks like the Inn is 1.6 miles south of the Lockport locks which is on the canal trail and 11 minutes via bicycle per google maps. BTW, the original flight of 5 locks has been preserved along side the current locks and should be a place to take in while in the area.

 
Mike OL from Fairport on 02/29/24 10:56:06 AM
I believe there is camping at Macedon Canal Park.


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 -  + Is there any place to camp in Pittsford. It does not show on the trip planner. The locations they show are quite expensive.
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Tabasco from Frankfort KY on 02/26/24 1:36:30 PM
Is there any place to camp in Pittsford. It does not show on the trip planner. The locations they show are quite expensive.


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 -  + Looking for good place to stay on our first day going east
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craig Wagoner from Springfield MO on 02/18/24 10:49:16 PM
Looking for good place to stay on our first day going east


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 -  + Same question -- is there a inn-to-inn luggage transporting service? Thank you
Discussion started 01/21/24 2:39:35 PM by Alex Beam - 1 reply (last reply by Old at 01/21/24 3:52:18 PM)
Alex Beam from Boston on 01/21/24 2:39:35 PM
Same question -- is there a inn-to-inn luggage transporting service?
Thank you

 
Old from Everywhere UpState on 01/21/24 3:52:18 PM
Click on the 'towns and services" tab of the web site.

If such a thing exists,it may be listed there.


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If you can only do 150-200 miles what section would you choose?
 -  + My dog and I are planning to do a portion of the Erie Canal this summer. We only have a week and about 60 miles a day is our limit with her in a trailer. We plan to start on the western end (closer t...
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My dog and I are planning to do a portion of the Erie Canal this summer. We only have a week and about 60 miles a day is our limit with her in a trailer. We plan to start on the western end (closer to home) ride east and then ride back to our vehicle

 
Daryl on 01/05/24 8:17:21 AM
One way of figuring this out in a way that would provided the most info to you and be specifically tailored for yourself is by clicking on the "Trip Planner" button. Since your dog will accompany you, if he/she is trotting along beside you you might consider looking for veterinarian services along the route. If the web site doesn't have that, try a duckduckgo search for the villages you'll pass thru.

From there you can pick any starting point, and see what services are along the 60 miles you will travel from your starting point.

Also, something to think about is whether you mean 60 miles out and 60 miles back or 60 miles round trip.

Just as a tip (perhaps incorrect, but remember what you paid for it!) I've read and seen that the most interesting locks are toward western part of the canal at Lockport. I've enjoyed that part. Beautiful sweeping scenes of farmland, open sky, little danger for a dog, and nice villiages along the way that have essential services. However, I'd be very cautious with a dog going thru Rochester (where there are interesting locks). Maybe you could start west of Rochester and go west, or start in Lockport and go to the western part of Rochester.

Check out the "Towns and Services" menu at the top of the page, and make up your own mind.

 
Paul Turner from Wadsworth, Ohio on 01/10/24 3:19:42 PM
Thanks for the info. I pull the dog in a trailer but I still try to avoid roads. I'll probably limit the trip to Pendleon-Clyde. Maybe add Herkimer to Albany if things go well. That way there arent very many sections on the road and those seem short,

 
screen name from Optional, USA on 01/10/24 5:42:00 PM
Were I traveling from Ohio, and going to tow a dog, I'd start in Lockport, NY and go East. It is very rural and safe. I think that most of the towpath through Rochester is on a way that is separate from roadways.

The canal thru Rochester is supposed to be interesting, as it "crosses" a north-south river. Seeing how the west-east canal crosses that river is supposed to be something to behold... and engineering feat for its time.

I spent alot of time on the towpath toward Albany in my early days... mostly watching the boats go thru the locks. I think that riding on the "path" thru Albany will be your most hazardous stretch.

 
Paul Turner from Wadsworth, Ohio on 01/10/24 9:21:01 PM
Thanks for the feedback. Its been very helpful

 
screen name from Optional, USA on 01/10/24 10:05:09 PM
Since you are coming up from Ohio, it is worth while to know that the "topath" actually starts in downtown Buffalo.

I don't have anything against Buffalo, but sometimes the path in urban areas adjoins a busy highway. What a rotten place to ride with all those guys speeding by, leaving you in their exhaust, but alive at least.

If you start at Lockport, you'll see a set of locks there that is worth while seeing. From there the path eastward is pretty darned safe. Of course, watch out in Rochester, and think about skipping Syracuse somehow.

Forget bout your 200 mile goal and just have a goal to bike a beautiful stretch of the historic towpath is safety. I'm a geezer and would head back before reaching syracuse.

The tiny "villages" along with way are worthwhile stopping... to get a pizza and a beer.... because they are teeny and that is the most you can expect. HOwever, I found that pizza and beer was perfect and enough... if it was available.

As you bike, try to imagine what those villages must have looked like when the canal was in operation and served activity along the way.

Most important: take no risks that could endanger your dog. Your dog is your best friend and will keep you safe along the way.


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Joe c from Millis, ma on 11/25/23 7:41:29 PM
I would like to know from folks who have ridden the Erie Canal bike path on a class 2 ebike. Any information would be great. Thanks, joe c

 
Older than Rocks from All Over Western NY on 11/26/23 9:41:19 AM
My wife and I road it on Class 1 ebikes. It is a dream.... no hills, flat surface, often dirt packed from mules at one time, and now bikes and runners' feet.

Look for little (tiny) villages along the canal at a bridge crossing. These probably served a purpose for the barges at one time.

Now there you may find a pizza joint and a bar that service local thirst and hunger.

Look on this discussion's web site under "Towns and Services."

While you are on the tow path, have a look around you: you'll seen the most gloriously beautiful and peaceful farm settings you've ever laid eyes on!

I think it unlawful to camp on property that is owned and maintained by the Canal Authority. However, some of the property is private farmland... and you may be able to camp there... with permission. Some farms had set out tents just for the bikers to have an overnight.


 
joe c from millis. ma on 11/27/23 2:59:21 PM
Planning to do the bike trail on my class 2 ebike this summer.This will be my first time. Any advice,tips and suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks Joe C








 
Mike from Fairport on 11/28/23 9:20:03 AM
Stop and see the canal overflow falls in Holley NY. I go to the top of the falls and scramble down the hill a little bit to get to the falls.

 
Daniel S. from Dallas, TX on 12/01/23 11:18:04 AM
Exploring doing the Erie Canal Trial next summer on my E bike. Would like to read other people's experience doing this. I can get 90+ miles on a full charge but would rather not run it down that far. My charge to mile ratio is about 1 hour of charge to 20 miles of battery. Like to hear from experienced E Bikers on this particular trail.

 
Mike O from Fairport on 12/03/23 7:23:52 PM
Towns around me seem to be no more than 15 miles apart. The trail is mostly flat and hard packed when not paved.

 
anonymous on 12/04/23 8:23:57 AM
NY State has a web site that shows where all EV charging stations are. You may find charging services for a bike there.

 
OLD from All over the place on 12/04/23 8:36:07 AM
This web site has an excellent "Towns and Services" tab that shows services at many, if not all, towns and villages along the way.

That may be a good starting point for finding services for charging your bike.

There may be many services that may be willing to charge your bike in exchange for a few dollars. My experience is that if you are freindly and non-threatening, and make a friendly offer of a few dollars, they'll take your request seriously, or tell you where you might get your request fulfilled nearby. If you want something for nothing, it'll be more difficult.

Try that "Towns and Services" tab of this web site.


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