Buffalo to Albany July 10th - 21st -
BobTheBuilder from Cleveland, Ohio on 07/30/2019 09:29 AM
Recap of our trip and tips:
Carry at least 3 water bottles if it's hot. Water sometimes scarce.
Coming into Rochester from the west, locals told us this is "Indian country". People have been ambushed and mugged. Ride in groups.
We had a layover day in Rochester and rode the Genesee River Trail up to Lake Ontario. First 3 miles not a trail. Rode through some scary neighborhoods, then it turned beautiful.
Be careful following the pavement trail markers put down by the previous bike tour group. They sometimes take you out of the way to rest stops and overnights.
Went through Syracuse on a Saturday. Farmers market, food and live music on the square. Pretty cool.
Between Syracuse and Rome is the Fort Stanwix visitor center. Worth a stop for sure.
Nice restaurant on the canal at Little Falls.
Good hotels: Best Western Lockport,Village Inn Albion, Rochester Riverside, Newark Garden Inn, Days Inn Weedsport,Quality Inn Rome, Red Roof Inn Herkimer, Quality Inn Schenectady (awesome breakfast).
Worst Hotels: Econolodge Syracuse/Dewit, (free condoms in your room), Palatine Bridge Motel (really weird residence motor court. Safe, clean-ish, oddball characters hanging around, people knocking on our doors at night wanting beer, but an interesting experience. Didn't really feel unsafe but memorable).
Amtrak to Buffalo and home from Albany worked out great!
And like my Buddy Mark said "every night's Friday night!"
New Rider with a Question -
Carol from Lake View, NY on 07/19/2019 11:10 PM
I'm a First Time Rider on the trail, beginning in Albany and heading west next week. I'm wondering if the Mohawk Hudson Trail beginning in Albany is well marked. The map appears to go on streets. I'm wondering if I need a cue sheet to know how to stay on the trail until it meets the EC Trail. Thanks to anyone who has info.
Joseph Pafundi from Saratoga Springs on 07/20/2019 07:36 AM
Carol, good morning!
Albany to Watervliet is all off-road trail (a bit bumpy!). In Watervliet you will head north on road. Google maps are helpful. In Cohoes NY, near 787, you will pick up the Mohawk Hudson Trail and it's easy to follow. In Schenectady you will need to follow the road signs through the Stockade district and then pick up the trail at SCCC. In Rotterdam Junction until Pattersonville there is a short but very busy on road section. Please be careful! Then, until Little Falls it will be all trail.
Anonymous on 07/17/2019 03:28 PM
Planning to bike from Buffalo to Albany. Are there shuttles that take you back to your car? Also where can I leave my car while biking? Trailhead? Planning first week of August.
Chattycathy from Tacoma, Washington on 07/14/2019 02:28 PM
My husband and I plan to fly from Seattle to Buffalo with our bikes in Sept/Oct. We hoped to be able to book rooms along the ride each night. Planning to ride to Albany. Does anyone know if a Porter Service we can hire to transport luggage: from point a to point b each day as we ride. Don’t want to have to pack it all and carry on bikes each day. Thanks
Newb on 08/22/2018 04:00 PM
Is the trail hilly?
The Psychlist on 08/23/2018 03:01 PM
No I wouldn't call it hilly. Remember it mostly follows rivers and a canal, so there can't be too many hills.
Ray (webmaster) on 09/17/2018 07:50 AM
I added a page showing the elevation profile for the trail.
As the graphs show, it is mostly small changes in elevation, but there are a few significant climbs:
flatlander from Tampa, Fl on 06/19/2019 04:47 PM
not used to riding hills as none arround here. Could this prove problematic ?
Edy from Croton Hudson on 07/04/2019 10:09 AM
Can you do camping on the side of the trail?
Papa Charlies Barbeque & Ice Cream in Utica -
Anonymous on 07/01/2019 09:35 PM
Our address is 2389 State Rt. 5 Utica NY in the town of Schuyler
Ray S (webmaster) on 07/01/2019 11:47 PM
Thank you for the update, I have corrected the address.
matt from medina on 03/19/2019 08:52 AM
is the canal path going to be fixed from medina to Rochester. its terrible after all the tree cutting
Bop from Rochester on 03/23/2019 04:29 PM
It was rideable last year between Huberton and Rochester. A few bad spots here and there. This winter they'd looked to have made a mess of it along East canal road between Brockport and Route 260. Just west of route 260 running halfway towards Brockport. I haven't been on it trail yet, so I don't the condition from Rochester and Hulberton right now.
Bop from Rochester on 04/02/2019 07:10 PM
Update. The west end of the trail is closed a Fayette st in Brockport. The east end at Sweden Walker Rd has a sign saying "rough trail ahead"
Heavy equipment was moving all along the trail between these points.
I didn't see and work going on between Sweden Walker Rd and Henpeck Park in Greece.
Bop from Rochester on 04/17/2019 03:50 PM
Just biked from Henpeck park (Greece) to Sweden Walker Rd. The path is still closed from there to Brockport. They've run a tracked wheeled vehicle from east of Adams Basin to Spencerport. There's now 2 rumble strips embedded along parts of the trail. Otherwise same as I remember it from fall.
jrstewart3 from Rochester on 05/28/2019 09:11 PM
any updates to this .....mess.
Bop from Rochester on 05/29/2019 08:17 AM
Had a operation last week and I'm off the bike for six weeks (groin hernia). But, did a car recon. Brockport still closed from Sweden Walker Rd to town. No idea what on going west from there. Look's ok from Henpeck park to Sweden Walker.
Around May 1 I tried to ride from Huberton to Greece. Bad. The first mile east leaving Huberton was a wreck. They've scattered Railroad size ballast rocks all over the path. Then it's ok to Holly.
The same size rocks were dumped from Holly to Bennetts Corners Rd overpass. Ok from there to County Line Boat launch. Started going to hell a bit from here to Old West Ave. Unrideable from there to Redman road. Had to walk the bike to Rednan. Didn't look any better east of there.
They may have screwed the path for good, for fast bike riding.
jrstewart3 from Rochester on 05/29/2019 08:55 AM
Hopefully they get it restored before the big ride across the state in July!
MarkMeyerson from Arlington, VA on 06/10/2019 12:40 PM
Hey, wanted to do the trip from Medina to Rochester and back on 6/30
I see there may be some parts closed? will that be done by 6/30?
are their alternatives to get around the closures?
Also, was planning on taking a road bike...is it paved that strech
and if not is it in good conditions (I have 23 tires that aren't horrible on good hard pack trails)
Bop from Rochester on 06/10/2019 04:08 PM
Mark, I don't believe there's anyone on this site has any insight on what will be fixed and open. I also ride a road bike on the canal and in the past it's been ok.
The only long paved section starts at Long Pond Rd in greece and ends at Pittsford.
I won't be back on my bike until about the time you'll be coming so I won't have any new first hand knowledge to share here.
If you have to bail off the canal after Holly Route 31 is a good choice, wide shoulders and you can ride it past the section that was or is closed in brockport, then to the Sweden Walker Rd canal entrance. That was fine to Greece on my last ride.
MarkMeyerson from Arlington, VA on 07/01/2019 05:10 PM
medina to brockport is 100% open now did a 50 mile round trip 6/30
loose dirt on some of the new sections will slow you down a little, but still in great shape
Bop from Rochester on 07/01/2019 06:07 PM
Thanks for the news Mark. I generally ride from Greece to Huberton, then the lake.
Trail west of Buffalo -
jrstewart3 from Rochester on 06/16/2019 09:08 PM
This is the response i got from "Parks & Trails NY" when I asked if the trail would be fixed in time for the annual ride:
"We contacted the NYS Canal Corporation on your behalf and this is the information they provided us with:"
Trail Notice: Embankment Work Underway!
Due to ongoing construction work, trail conditions are poor between Middleport in Niagara County, through Orleans County to Spencerport in Monroe County. This work will be ongoing through the end of June. Please use caution in this section or choose an alternate route, and see our map for more information.
Additionally, the trail is closed between Fayette Street and Sweden Walker Road in Brockport for construction activity, and localized closures of other stretches of the trail may occur as needed to facilitate the ongoing construction route. Please proceed with caution and seek alternate routes where possible.
The work is expected to be complete and the trail restored to like-new conditions in time for the Cycle the Erie Canal tour from July 6 to July 14.
Bop from Rochester on 06/18/2019 08:46 AM
I have do doubt the ride will go on. The wording "restored to like-new conditions" has me more that a bit worried. Just from what I saw east of Hulberton this spring, with no equipment remaining on site.
MarkMeyerson from Arlington, VA on 07/01/2019 05:08 PM
the areas from Medina to brockport were outstanding and 'just like-new' IMO
need for construction signs on canal path -
jay on 06/29/2019 06:50 AM
We parked in Medina to ride the canal path. We were not allowed to head west as they were laying new stone and rolling with heavy equipment. We headed east towards Albion, but ran into another construction crew. It is great that they are improving the trail and we look forward to riding again, but it would be great if signs are posted at parking areas to inform riders of closed areas. We could have easily traveled east or west beyond the construction to start our trip.
MarkMeyerson from Arlington, VA on 07/01/2019 05:05 PM
Looks like a lot of the work is done, albeit the trail is a little loose on top.
I rode from Median to Brockport uninterrupted along the canal on 6/30
There was still evidence of work, but fully operation east bound
Canal Park in Holley -
Canal cyclist from Capital region, NY on 06/29/2019 06:57 PM
Called the phone number given on the canal app, which is not in service. Stopped by the police station, but the door was locked. Called the police (non emergency number) and nobody answered. Called the sheriffs dept. (non emergency) and nobody answered. Finally found out from a neighbor of the park that
camping is NOT allowed in Holley (June 2019). We were told the new restriction is because some campers annoyed the boaters who were nearby and also docked up for the night. This is unfortunate as Holley has a wonderful park, some of it along the canal, and cyclists staying overnight would spend $ at local stores and restaurants if they knew they could safely stay the night. The gate keeper was wonderful and gave us the code to access the bathrooms and showers available for the boaters. Shouldn't long distance cyclists be given the same opportunities as boaters? Let's make it easier to recreate along the canal, not harder. Somebody should fix this, or at least update the info on the state's app and website.
Margaret from Amherst, OH on 06/30/2019 08:05 AM
Yes, I found this out too- we stopped there for lunch and the park is So lovely! So too bad some people had to ruin this! We stayed at the Friendly Hotel in Spencerport instead- very reasonable fees. But the park is beautiful in Holley. I called all the places you did- luckily before we left, what a bummer!
Ray S (webmaster) on 06/30/2019 08:39 AM
That's really a shame that Holley turned it back on all bike tourists because of the actions of a few.
I have removed Camping from the amenities for Holley Park. Thanks for the heads-up.
Deb from Reading PA on 06/27/2019 02:04 PM
Where do i park in Pittsford to ride the canal
Bop from Rochester on 06/27/2019 03:25 PM
If there's any parking left. Or any place near there, it's a small area near that part of the canal.
trail from Rome to Little Falls -
johnnie J from Ocean City on 06/25/2019 09:11 PM
I watched a youtube video that showed poor road conditions and miles of trail on big highway with noisy heavy traffic.
It was in the section east of rome. I've rode west from Rome to Spencerport and trail was mostly decent/good. Anyone have comments. I plan to bike it in a few weeks.
Just completed Lockport- Syracuse family bike trip -
Margaret from Amherst, OH on 06/23/2019 07:41 PM
Hi, We just completed our one week dual family bike trip on the Erie Canal. We rode from Lockport to Syracuse and had an amazing experience with 13 riders! We braved the downpour this past Thursday and the kids were real troopers riding in the rain! Happy to fill anyone in on trail conditions or anything else.
Chris from East Aurora, NY on 06/24/2019 02:25 PM
We are riding the same section of the trail this coming weekend, Lockport to Palmyra Were there any major construction areas that meant detouring off the trail? Were there areas that were tough to ride, or is the path in pretty good shape overall? Thx!
Margaret from Amherst, OH on 06/24/2019 03:13 PM
Yes there were some detours- the most notable one is in Spencerport. The trail was closed- but from the closure point (riding west-east) we took a left from the trail and rode about a mile then took a right then another right onto Sweden Walker Road which brought us back to the trail where it was open. Also there is a detour in Rochester- but very well marked and no issue there- We rode in to see the High Falls-on the Genesee River Trail. That was great. After Lockport there were parts of the trail that were sandy and we found some parallel roads to travel as we spent first night at a campground on Lake Ontario. WE rode Thursday in a huge downpour but the trail ( between Spencerport and Clyde) was great- it was wet but not muddy- really pretty good for the amount of rain we got. We also took a detour down to Seneca Falls and stayed at Cayuga Lake State Park. I think some of the construction may be finished by the time you ride. Oh- and after the big storm there were a few trees down on the trail- but nothing we could not get by. It was really excellent- I hope you have a great ride- Happy to answer any other questions.
Chris from East Aurora, NY on 06/25/2019 11:15 AM
Awesome, Planning to do the High Falls section as well. Thanks Margaret!
Matt from Reading,PA on 06/24/2019 09:13 PM
Anyone know if there’s a designated place I can leave my vehicle for 2 nights in Rome as I ride back to my car after being shuttled 100 miles East?