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Looking for itinerary ideas
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TC from Tucson on 10/22/2021 10:44 PM
My wife and I are planning to ride the trail from Buffalo to Albany in 2022. We would probably make the trip in 7 or 8 days. We would appreciate a suggested itinerary with towns and lodging suggestions. We like quaint hotels and B&B's. Is there any one stop that would warrant a layover day to see the sights? Thanks for any suggestions. We rode the GAP/C&O this year and have made multiple trips across Missouri on the Katy.




 
Bill in Houston from Houston on 10/26/2021 10:35 AM
I have a huge itinerary that I don't feel like editing and that will not fit here. If you want it in full email format, drop your email address here.

 
TC from Tucson on 10/26/2021 03:07 PM
Thanks Bill, are you on the facebook rail to trail site? My wife posts often there. Just posted our trip on the GAP/C&O. Don't want to post my email address on this site.

 
TC from Tucson on 10/26/2021 03:07 PM
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Bill in Houston from Houston on 10/27/2021 09:18 AM
I just posted in this one. This site blocks the posting of links, so I had to fake it out a little.
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Bill in Houston from Houston on 11/10/2021 01:24 PM
TC, can you see my reply in a post above this one dated 10/26?

 
TC from Tucson on 12/03/2021 03:29 PM
Bill, we could not see your itinerary. If you are willing, you could send it to email address:
ocean_view_dreamer@yahoo.com

We would really appreciate your insights. We have 7-9 days to ride the canal trail. We like to stay at quaint and local flavor type lodging. If you have ideas concerning restaurants and sightseeing along the way, we would appreciate that too!

We would rent bikes in Buffalo and figure out how to return them and us to Buffalo from Albany when we have finished the ride.

We are contemplating doing the Erie Canal this May or returning to our favorite Katy Trail or maybe even doing the GAP round trip.

Thanks Bill.

 
bet from Lincoln, CA on 12/07/2021 05:41 PM
Bill - can you send your itinerary to me? TIA bjfred@wavecable.com

 
Bill in Houston from Houston on 12/10/2021 05:47 PM
Check your inbox!

 
wnybubba from Bflo/Roc on 12/11/2021 08:43 PM
I bikepack, so I'm not up on quaint places to stay, but I would help with dining suggestions once you have an itinerary mapped out.

As far as sightseeing, you should definitely add Niagara Falls to your Buffalo start. There are a bunch of way to do it. You could search on this forum. I think Rochester has some interesting sights and Albany is a great city to explore. Maybe sharing some more about your personal interests will help with receiving appropriate responses.

 
Elle from Tampa, FL on 12/19/2021 04:27 PM
Hello Bill - Could you send me your itinerary too? Thank you so much. jog.falls@yahoo.com

 
Mph from Saint Louis Missouri on 12/24/2021 08:23 AM
Hello Bill,
We are planning a trip to ride the Erie next summer, would love a copy of your itinerary for Buffalo to Albany!
michelehedrick@yahoo.com

 
Bill in Houston from Houston on 01/14/2022 06:04 PM
Sent!

 
Jeff& Vera Johnson from Wasilla Alaska on 01/20/2022 11:58 PM
Hi Bill-we would also to see your itinerary. Our email is: jeffverajohnson@gnail.com

 
Dion from Syracuse on 01/25/2022 07:07 PM
Could you also send your intinery to mtboxess@gmail.com

Thx

 
Mark from Glenmont NY on 01/27/2022 02:29 PM
I would love to see your itinerary too< if you don’t mind emailing - markmoore1580@gmail.com

I posted an itinerary in a different thread that is primarily camping, but i may do the trip with my wife too and she would prefer not to camp

Thanks

 
Bill in Houston from Houston on 01/27/2022 03:40 PM
sent!

 
Julester from Colchester, CT on 02/02/2022 06:35 PM
Hi Bill,
Could you possibly send this itinerary to willggn@aol.com? It would be so appreciated.

 
Debbie on 03/20/2022 09:01 AM
Hi,
My husband and I are trying to figure out a plan for riding the Erie Canal this summer. It sounds like Bill has been sharing his itinerary with many people! If it would be possible, we would love to see it too! Or anyone else who has an itinerary that they thought worked well!
Debbie
carliche1961@gmail.com

 
OttoBier from Allentown PA on 03/21/2022 09:14 PM
Hello Bill.

If you would kindly send to another?

houses.tumulus_0j@icloud.com

Thank you.

 
Bill in Houston from Houston on 03/22/2022 11:07 AM
Sent!!!!

 
VG from Albuquerque on 03/29/2022 05:37 PM
Hi Bill, we are also very interested in your itinerary for the Erie Canal trail. Thank you so much for being so helpful. We did the GAP/C&O a few years ago and loved it. We also are interested in the Katy trail if anyone could recommend which to do first. Thanks! vivian.griego@gmail.com

 
Vickleah from W Mass via Detroit on 04/08/2022 08:21 PM
Hi Bill, we are also very interested in your itinerary for the Erie Canal trail. Thank you! vicki.hesse@gmail.com

 
Jay from Wisconsin on 04/12/2022 09:12 PM
We'd also like your itinerary. We are also looking at a side trip to Niagara Falls as part of the first day and would appreciate any tips. Many thanks!! jay.vancleave@gmail.com

 
Marcel from Utrecht, The Netherlands on 04/18/2022 12:08 PM
We’re planning to do The Erie Canada Bike Trail in september 2022 and would appreciatie it very much if we could receive some itinerary ideas as well.

Our idea is to rent bicycles in Albany and take them on the train to Buffalo. From there we think we need 7 or 8 days back to Albany.

Thanking you very much

dielange@ziggo.nl

 
Bill in Houston from Houston on 04/18/2022 02:50 PM
Sent to everyone above. Have a great ride!

 
Anna from Bloomington on 04/18/2022 04:25 PM
I would also love to see your itinerary, Bill. I am planning to do the ride with a couple of friends in mid-May. Can you send it to me also?
annamaria.mecca@gmail.com

 
Robin from Delaware on 04/20/2022 06:03 PM
Hi Bill,
Would love to see your itinerary. We are just starting to plan long distance bike trips.
Much appreciated! robinferoli@gmail.com

 
Pat from Greencastle, IN on 04/25/2022 05:15 PM
Hello All…
Seems lots of folks looking for itineraries for the Erie Canal Trail. My husband and I will be riding it this Fall from Albany to Buffalo and taking Amtrak back to Albany with our bikes. Planning 7 riding days….average will be about 51 miles/day or there abouts. Longest day 61, shortest 27 due to having to catch the Amtrak in Buffalo back to Albany on day 7. Train leave Buffalo Exchange station at 12:55pm so need to be in Buffalo in time to catch that.

If anyone may be interested in our itinerary as well….you can send me an email at pmness10@gmail.com and I’ll be happy to share. I have the lodging already reserved and can share that as well if you are not bike-packing

In recent years, we’ve done the Katy And GAP/C&O and have kept that info as well

Happy trails,
Pat

 
Anonymous on 04/26/2022 01:07 PM
Hello! My husband and I are also interested in seeing your itinerary. Please send to
jrugg@hotmail.com
thanks!

 
Pat from Greencastle,IN on 04/28/2022 01:52 PM
Sent….thanks for asking

 
Sandy from PORT WASHINGTON on 05/03/2022 07:10 AM
Hello Bill

Pls share the above itinerary planning to ride Erie section in the coming months. Thanks so much in advance

Snrx62@aol.com
Sandy

 
Martin from CHESAPEAKE on 05/09/2022 02:33 PM
Can I get a copy as well?

mphillips@tidewaterpastoral.org

 
Eva from Morristown NJ on 05/09/2022 08:14 PM
Hello Bill from Houston,
Can you please email your itinerary to my email address: ewawysocka@yahoo.com?
Thank you in advance.

 
Eva from Morristown NJ on 05/09/2022 08:51 PM
Hello Bill from Houston,
Can you please email your itinerary to my email address: ewawysocka@yahoo.com?
Thank you in advance.

 
Mary from East Montpelier on 05/13/2022 09:24 PM
Hey Bill, one more request for your itinerary;
mariafettig@hotmail.com
Thanks!

 
Bill in Houston from Houston on 05/17/2022 05:48 PM
OK, I think that I got everyone. If not, let me know!

 
Tom from Austin on 05/26/2022 08:36 AM
I would appreciate getting itinerary. I'm planning to do the trip in mid-August. tglinehan@gmail.com

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Suggestions on itinerary?
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Mark Moore from Glenmont NY on 01/27/2022 12:09 PM
Below is my first stab at an itinerary for the Canal - hoping to ride in May. Any thoughts would be appreciated.

Erie Trail General Plan
Camping Option

Train to Buffalo Exchange Street
Stay at Courtyard Marriott https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/bufdt-courtyard-buffalo-downtown-canalside/?scid=45f93f1b-bd77-45c9-8dab-83b6a417f6fe

Day 1 - 60.9 Miles: Camp- Red Rock Ponds RV Park. https://bikeeriecanal.com/red-rock-ponds-rv-resort-holley.aspx
Food - Lunch: Gas Port Dinner: Albion or In Camp

Day 2 50 Miles: Camp- Lock 30. https://bikeeriecanal.com/lock-30-state-campsite.aspx
Food: Brunch in Brockport; Late Lunch Pittsford; Dinner - Light in camp or walk to town

Day 3 46 Miles: Hotel- Weedsport Days Inn or Rodeway Inn
Food: Lunch and Bowling at Stone 8 Tap House; Dinner: Lunkenheimer Brewery

Day 4 63 Miles: Camp- Lock 21 https://bikeeriecanal.com/lock-21-state-campsite.aspx
Food: Lunch - Syracuse somewhere; Dinner: Canastota Mex, farm to table, BackRoad Tavern or in camp

Day 5 64 Miles: Camp -Lock 15. https://bikeeriecanal.com/lock-15-state-campsite.aspx
Food: Lunch- Utica McGills Whiskey Tavern and Grill; Dinner - Fort Plain options or in camp. Coffee and treats in the AM at Highwheeler Coffee!

Day 6 72+ (paved)Miles - Bike Parking Albany - catch a ride home
Food: Lunch - Options in Amsterdam; Rotterdam Jct; and Schenectady

 
Bill in Houston from Houston on 01/27/2022 02:13 PM
Looks good. Just a few random thoughts.

Whatever store or restaurant you want to use, make sure they are open on the day you want to use it. Hours can be short and sporadic.

Red Rocks got some bad reviews for being rude to bikers, but I only got one side of the story. Call and make a reservation, and see if they seem friendly or not.

Days Inn in Weedsport was great.

The Mex place in Canastota really hit the spot.

We only stayed in hotels, so I don't have any insight on the camping.

Have fun!

 
wnybubba from Bflo/Roc on 01/27/2022 02:18 PM
Day 1: If you are bringing your bike on Amtrak, you can’t unload at Exchange St. You can only un-board w/bike at Depew. Not necessarily close to the trail or Canalside, but close to much lodging. Evening – Albion stop makes sense.

Day 2: Lock 30 -- Awesome. There is a Speedway (Gas/Convenient store) just up the road at the intersection. You can see it from the lock.

Day 3: Nice. There’s plenty of options in Weedsport for dinner. Plus a really fine ice cream stand right on the Main Street near the Brewery.

Day 4: MORNING-- There’s a Dunkin Donuts at the far end of town next to a decent convenience store & gas station. Across the street there is an Arby's. Looking at Arby's there is an entrance to the trail *on the left* that travels across grass. This is a fun single track path that will connect to Towpath Road. Make a left and follow around the curve past the town buildings and the trail will exit the road on the right back on the canalway.
Lock 21 – love it. Lots of grass, picnic tables but there are no facilitaties. Have no idea why they haven't added any portable toilets (I travel with a small hand trowel). Nothing close for food, so eat before (or carry in) and know that Rome is a little bit of a ride in the AM. I believe I found a live electrical outlet on the lock building.

Day 5: I haven't stayed at Lock 15, but you'll be fine. I'm sure your eating choices are fine.

Day 6: Doable. If you can work it in, a stop in Amsterdam (right off the trail) is Evolve Eatery. Awesome healthy eatery, smoothie, coffee, etc. Google it.

Enjoy the ride. Looks like you have a decent plan… you’ll just need to figure out Buffalo. If I can help with logistics or maybe get you a ride into Canalside, reach out to me.

Final thought: there are many, many options to throw up a tent along the Canalway -- especially between Bflo and Rochester. Wide, mowed spot that looks good away from private property... do it.


 
Chuck from Newport RI on 05/13/2022 11:28 AM
I have a ticket with bike space from Albany to Exchange Street Amtrak. Are you sure that you cant unload a bikeat Exchange Street? Also trying to find hotel near Canalside that is not too expensive. All are listing arounf $450 to $550 per night ifor end of August.

 
Plato Larry on 05/18/2022 10:03 PM
Last July we took Amtrak from Albany to Exchange Street Buffalo, with bikes. No problem. Easily unloaded bikes at Exchange Street Station

 
wnybubba from Bflo/Roc on 05/25/2022 01:45 PM
I dislike that I may have given bad info about the Exchange Street station. Here's where I think the difference is -- Amtrak has two different ways of carrying bikes. Some are racks are within certain passenger cars, the other is racking bikes in a separate "baggage" car. The second situation requires a manned station attendant to unload the bikes/s. To the best of my knowledge Exchange Street is not a manned station, so if your bike was in a passenger car rack then, yeah, you could unload. One might seek clarification from an Amtrak agent to be sure.

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overnight parking in lockport
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grs on 05/25/2022 12:40 PM
i want to start my ride in lockport, by the locks. want to park my car for about 4 days. where would be a safe place to park. i was thinking if there is no parking for the trail, maybe walmart or something. thanks for any help.

 
wnybubba from Bflo/Roc on 05/25/2022 01:28 PM
I've *never* been turned down by a hotel/motel when asking very politely and explaining my plan to parking my car for a few day in their lot. Plenty of options along S. Transit Road -- Holiday Inn Express, Hampton Inn, Quality Inn, etc. And, I've done it both ways -- calling in advance and just walking in. Big thing is to use the phrase "I was wondering if you could HELP ME out" and possibly using the words " a favor". Good luck.

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Favorite sections of the Erie Canal Bike Path
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SS from Bozeman, MNT on 05/24/2022 02:39 PM
I have about 3 days to do various sections of the trail while car camping or hoteling. Any recommendations on which areas of the trail we should be sure to bike.

 
wnybubba from Bflo/Roc on 05/25/2022 12:38 PM
That's a tough question because we don't know what is of interest to you or where you will be based. However, here's a quick overview.

Buffalo to Lockport (or reverse) is great. You travel along the Niagara River, see downtown Buffalo and the very active Canalside Park in Bflo. From the river to Lockport is paved and certainly the Locks in Lockport (Flight of Five) are worth seeing

Lockport to Rochester is more rural with stretches of nice compacted gravel and you travel through smaller towns along the Canal. Sights like Medina Falls, Middleport, Spencerport and Brockport provide a really nice feel for the ECT's western section. Rochester offers many options off trail.

Rochester going east is again a combination of paved and compacted gravel. You'll pass several locks and smaller townships. However, I wouldn't suggest going further than Clyde as the road section into Port Byron/Weedsport is crappy.

Weedsport into Syracuse is quite interesting. Again a mix of nicely maintained trail surfaces. Going through Jordan, Memphis is quite nice with a delightful refurbished Aqueduct before Camillus. From there, heading into Syracuse is a newly developed section of trail that will take you through a lovely City park and onto several downtown street (separate bike lane).

East of SYR, the trail passes the Canal Boat Museum and Green Lakes SP. The gravel trail now follows the "historic" canalway. Interesting from the standpoint of it is where the original Canal traveled, but frankly overgrown and swampy with Canastota a slight point of interest.

Now -- Rome and eastward. Sections of the trail here are great. You now are following the Mohawk River. Towns & cities along this section are not "Canal" towns like in the western section. Trail surfaces are mixed until around Mohawk where it is paved through to Albany. Advise here is to stay away from the cites (Rome, Utica, etc) and pick any section between them. Fort Plain to Amsterdam is a nice part that travels through Schoharie Crossing SP. As you approach Schenectady the canalway is much more urban traveling through or around suburban areas. It's a fun section that culminates with arriving in Albany -- a fine place to spend some time.

This post should serve others fairly well -- hope others see it.

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Trail open?
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Level lover from Herkimer, ny on 05/24/2022 03:57 PM
Is the trail open from little falls east to st johnsville?

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Amtrak Rules concerning bikes
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Joseph Pafundi from Saratoga NY on 05/12/2022 09:02 AM
Good morning! In order to change pace and avoid driving to Rochester area, I would like to take the train from Schenectady. I realize that I will need a reservation. However, will I have to pack my bike in a box or are there racks upon which one can hang one's bike? Any adive would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

Joseph Pafundi

 
wnybubba from Bflo/Roc on 05/22/2022 04:54 PM
No need to box the bike if you can get an available reservation with "rack" on a given train. A rack may be within a passenger car or it may be a separate baggage car. Either way -- just racking the bike.

 
Joseph Pafundi from Saratoga Springs on 05/24/2022 03:13 AM
Many thanks for the help! I hope to go to Rochester the week of the 30th. Just need to reserve spot on the train!

Joseph Pafundi

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Old Duck Inn Bed and Breakfast in Clyde
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kevin from Saratoga Springs on 05/14/2022 02:55 PM
No website, called the number...not in service

 
Ray (webmaster) on 05/22/2022 09:04 PM
Thank you for the heads-up; I have removed this business from the listings. Google and TripAdvisor still have them listed as open, but the out-of-service phone number is enough to convince me, until/unless I hear otherwise.

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Camping
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Sonny Brar from Brampton, Ontario on 05/03/2022 10:06 PM
Hello everyone.

I'm planning to cycle Buffalo to Albany this summer, was wondering if camping is allowed along the canal route? Could get too expensive to stay in a hotel every night. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. It's gonna be a great summer, happy trails guys.

 
Bill in Houston from Houston on 05/04/2022 03:16 PM
The Towns and Services link shows where campgrounds are. I don't think you can just camp wherever you want along the trail.

 
Biker Girl from Web on 05/09/2022 01:21 PM
Camping is only allowed at locks or at official campgrounds, and it can be pretty far between locks. After Lockport, you can camp at Red Rocks Campground (primarily for RVs, but they have tent spots), and then at Macedon at lock 30. Reservations in advance are required for Green Lakes campground, then you can use locks 21, 20 and/or 15.

Be aware that not all of the locks have water or restrooms. When I did the route heading west last spring, we changed plans twice to avoid locks without services.

Doing it with all camping makes for some long days, but that might not be an issue for you.

Have fun and good luck!

 
Bop from Rochester on 05/10/2022 08:35 AM
I've seen signs of stealth camping, in my neck of the woods.

 
wnybubba from Bflo/Roc on 05/22/2022 05:13 PM
There are all kinds of options along the Canalway for camping. Any Lock should be available -- especially if you are solo. The nice part of the Canalway is that you are almost always close to services along the path -- so needing facilities was never an issue on my trips. The western section lends itself to optional "stealth" camping in that there are longer remote stretches away from "civilization", but with planning it is not necessary. The eastern section (past Rome) hits more towns and cities away from the canal - but there are plenty of options -- Locks being a standard, but you may have to make your way to them as you are not always right at the river/Canal system. Everyone has a different pace - so you'll have too figure out how many miles you will cover in a day and then start searching for options. If you need help - let me know.

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Lock 30 State Campsite in Macedon
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Anonymous from Fairport on 05/12/2022 11:20 PM
How do I reserve a lock 30 camp site and how much is it per night

 
Biker Girl from Web on 05/21/2022 04:15 PM
Lock camping is first-come-first serve and free. You're supposed to call the lock master, but I didn't on my trip. There's lots of space there, but try to get in before dark so you can avoid the goose poop.

 
wnybubba from Bflo/Roc on 05/22/2022 04:48 PM
This is correct, but there is also a Town Campground next to the Lock. If you were referring to the actual campground, contact the town and find out how reservations are handled.

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Amtrak Station in Albany
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MIR from Cambridge, MA on 05/13/2022 04:18 PM
We are driving to Albany and have bike reservations to bring our bikes to Buffalo. The question is - Is there long term parking for our car near the Amtrak Station? We will be back in about 10 days.

 
Yankee John from Vermont on 05/15/2022 04:39 PM
The Albany train station is actually in Rensselaer across the Hudson River from Albany. The long term parking is an outdoor lot but is safe and contiguous with the station. The price is reasonable. If you want to save a few bucks and ~20 minutes of train time you can drive on to Schenectady, the next stop on the way to Buffalo, where the recently renovated station has free parking in a new lot. Other than a small Amtrak office and a bathroom and vending machines the Schenectady station has no amenities.

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Tree foliage on trail
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JFS from Mount Vernon, Iowa on 05/09/2022 05:09 PM
Planning to ride Erie Canal trail later in May. Value the shade. Are trees along the towpath leafed out yet?

 
Bop from Rochester on 05/10/2022 08:15 AM
The canal path is along the north side of the canal, between Buffalo and Palmyra. No shade to speak of. Can't speak for the remainder.

 
JFS from Mount Vernon, Iowa on 05/10/2022 08:27 AM
Thank you

 
JFS from Mount Vernon, Iowa on 05/10/2022 08:28 AM
Thank you

 
JFS from Mount Vernon, Iowa on 05/10/2022 08:28 AM
Thank you

 
JFS from Mount Vernon, Iowa on 05/10/2022 08:29 AM
Thank you

 
Yankee John from Vermont on 05/10/2022 10:20 AM
There isn't much shade on the western part of the trail because the huge cottonwoods and other mature trees were taken down to protect the canal walls from roots. There are new plantings farther from the canal but it will be years before they provide meaningful shade. Riding on a hot sunny day without relief can turn into a slog. Plan on leaving early in the morning on those days before the towpath gets hot.

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Syracuse
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Estelle from North of Seattle on 04/24/2022 02:56 AM
I am using Syracuse as my starting point...any Syracuse advice out there?

 
Bill in Houston from Houston on 04/25/2022 09:29 AM
Definitely see the Erie Canal Museum.

Have a look at the Niagara Mohawk Building. It's like something out of a superhero movie.

Syracuse potatoes are a tradition.

We stayed at the Jefferson Clinton, and it was good. Nice laundry facility. If your AC quits working in the middle of the night, call the front desk and they can remotely reset it.

Check out the fountain that commemorates where the canal used to come through town.

Study the trail maps.

 
Yankee John from Vermont on 04/26/2022 01:20 PM
Also stayed at the Jefferson Clinton and would recommend it. They let me store my bike in a conference room out of the weather. The Niagara Mohawk building should be seen during the day, and at night with lights highlighting the creepy aluminum sculptures. It does seem like it should be in a sci-fi movie. The ped/bike bridge over the tracks on the west entrance to town should be done sometime this summer, which will make the trip out of town shorter and safer and less complicated.

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Favorite sections with lodging? 3-5 days/60-100 miles
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LegsDiamond from Kingston on 04/25/2022 02:41 PM
Hi folks! Casual/weekend riders looking to learn about your favorite sections of the canalway where we can bike 20-30 miles a day between nice lodgings with great food. :) Three to five days of biking would be perfect. Thanks so much in advance!

 
Bill in Houston from Houston on 04/25/2022 03:57 PM
5 days, 100 miles, I'd do something like Lockport to Newark.

That stretch would be mostly along the canal, going through great little old canal towns. Nice canalside parks, operating lift bridges, old locks, the big stone cut. Plenty of good local places to eat.

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Where to begin in Buffalo coming via Amtrak
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Brian from Hawley PA (Pocono’s) on 04/03/2022 10:03 AM
We are looking at attempting part of the trail. We will take Amtrak to buffalo exchange. From there how hard is it to get to the bike trail? How safe if a ride is it? Riding with my 13 year old. Neither of us have done long distance biking before. How’s the weather/bugs in late June early July. We are going to have about 5 days to ride. Any other recommendations or advice will be greatly appreciated.

 
John W. from Pittsburgh, PA on 04/05/2022 12:09 PM
Getting from Exchange to Canalside is easy, just use google maps and switch it to bicycle travel. It’s about a 5 minute ride, less than half a mile. Of traffic is a bother, you can always use the sidewalks.

Weather should be typical NE USA summer. There are parts of the canal that are swampy and will have lots of mosquitoes if you stop but they are no problem if you are riding (other than swallowing the odd one!). Otherwise you are passing through a lot of farm country.

Do you have a daily distance goal since you stated you haven’t done long distance riding before? Is this and out and back trip or terminating in another town? How do you plan on getting back to Buffalo? Are you staying at hotels/B&B’s or camping which means your are hauling gear? Some of these things will help people on this forum give some good advice.

The one piece of advice I would give you is to get out there and get some miles in before you do this trip. Even though the trail is flat, there’s still a lot of miles to cover. Do 10 miles one day, 20 on another. Take your time and enjoy it but knock out some miles and gradually build up. Do a 20 out and 20 back one day as you get close to your departure day.

Let us know what your plans are…

John

 
JD from Colchester, CT on 04/23/2022 04:34 PM
This might be a really dumb question, but where is mile O of the Erie Canal Trail in Buffalo? I keep reading various locations. Is it Canalside in Buffalo, or is that a connecting trail? Thanks for not laughing at me when you answer!

 
wnybubba from Bflo/Roc on 04/23/2022 04:55 PM
Pretty much Canalside. I believe there is now a kiosk there but it is for the Empire State Trail -- and EST mile 0 is NYC! This is an honor system challenge (if you are making this a challenge), so find a place that looks good and start peddling!

 
John W. from Pittsburgh, PA on 04/23/2022 11:06 PM
If I recall, the Canal is supposed to start over the water on the bridge at the Commercial Slip which is 42.8773245, -78.8793415 in Google Maps. Good to hear there is a medallion now, I was hoping they would acknowledge that a trail exists there. How do you not have a start and end point?

I hope the EST didn’t mess up the order of the mile numbers. They have a clean slate to number them whatever they want during this rebrand of the trail.

John

 
Bill in Houston from Houston on 04/25/2022 09:39 AM
Here is the medallion. They are definitely keeping it on the down low.
https://goo.gl/maps/LL2RhVq8UGYDahro9

Google Maps has it marked as a place, too.
https://goo.gl/maps/6ZnrbCaQvcjyHKb39

Go down to the end of Canalside to The Dish and order whatever you want. With all those miles, you deserve it! And get a Big Ditch Hayburner. Brewery named for the canal, brew named for the mules that towed the barges.
https://untappd.com/b/big-ditch-brewing-company-hayburner/754872



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New trip planning feature: Timeline
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Ray (webmaster) on 04/24/2022 05:49 PM
The Trip Planner tool now has a new "Timeline" feature. You can provide your starting time and travel speed, to get a listing of the expected times of arrival at each town along your route, as well as travel times between towns.

Your timeline appears in a new table underneath the business listings. You can check it out by clicking the link above, or "Trip Planner" in the menu near the top of this web page.

I welcome any suggestions and feedback.

Happy trails!

 
Bill in Houston from Houston on 04/25/2022 09:23 AM
Cool idea, Ray. I hope people will plan to ride it nice and slow. :)

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Garden View B&B in Medina
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biker on 04/24/2022 08:47 PM
Are we able to rent a room in which we have our own bathroom?

 
Bill in Houston from Houston on 04/25/2022 09:21 AM
You'll need to get in touch with Pat Fox directly at the numbers listed for her. I don't think that she frequents this group.

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Erie Cana trail
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Sis on 04/03/2022 06:26 PM
Looking for hotel options near the exchange street Amtrak station and the Erie Canal trailhead at mile 0. Thanks Sis

 
Bill in Houston from Houston on 04/04/2022 10:14 AM
Buffalo Grand was fine. Close to Canalside, room was older, but clean. No issues taking our bikes to our room. Inexpensive.

 
JD on 04/07/2022 10:33 AM
I am looking for the same thing. The Buffalo Grand has been sold. It is now the Ramada and undergoing a renovation, but they can't guarantee when they will be open (maybe June, but they said not to count on it). And the hotels around the start of the trail in Buffalo are $350+. If anyone has any other ideas, I would welcome them.

 
Bill in Houston from Houston on 04/07/2022 12:06 PM
Buffalo Marriott right at Canalside is showing $199. That's still pretty steep.

 
Steve from DC on 04/08/2022 01:20 PM
We'd like a copy of itinerary too. Thanks
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