Watervliet to Canajoharie Two Day trip -
PJT from Montreal Quebec on 09/09/2019 11:18 AM
looking to do a late fall, two day trip along the very eastern end of the Erie Canal trail. I'll plan the length of the days dependant upon the trail condition. Looking for some local knowledge on the section between Albany and Canajoharie. What percentage is paved? How passable will the unpaved sections be in early November? Thanks!
Joseph Pafundi from Saratoga Springs on 09/10/2019 06:56 AM
Bonjour et bienvenue aux Etats-Unis!
I very often cycle this segment and it's safe to say that 90% of your proposed travels will be on paved surfaces. If I am not mistaken, the largest un-paved section is from Fort Hunter to Fultonville.
P.S. Be careful of a section between Rotterdam Junction and Pattersonville. This is on road (1 mile and 1/2) and very busy with trucks whizzing by.
John from Cobleskill from Cobleskill on 09/12/2019 07:34 AM
I often ride this section often and as far as being paved, I think from Albany to St Johnsville is one of the nicest (easiest, smoothest) sections of the Erie Canal. There is a short section (4 miles) between Amsterdam and Fultonville that is stone dust but that's no big deal in November. That starts close to the Schoharie Crossing site (which is worth a stop).
PJT from Montreal Quebec on 09/13/2019 01:04 PM
thank you Joseph and John....much appreciated
Lock 15 State Campsite in Fort Plain -
Tom Ritchey Breakaway traveling Utuca to Albany 9/13/19 on 09/13/2019 06:23 AM
Does any have an opinion about my chances of being able to camp at Lock 15. Will it be full? Is it safe? Thank you.
Lockport to Palmyra on the EC Bike Trail -
Chris from East Aurora, NY on 08/27/2019 03:18 PM
Our 2 day/1 night west to east ride the last weekend of June 2019 on the ECBT from Lockport to Palmyra, midway between Rochester and Syracuse was really fantastic and memorable. We left a car near the police station in Lockport and the same in Palmyra. We overnighted in Brockport at the Victorian B&B and did about 45 miles both days, which was perfect for recreational bikers. The trail mostly followed the canal closely and was like one long beautifully maintained park. The villages along the way were scenic and historic, and we found a great lunch spot in Albion at the Village Café, less than a mile off the trail. For the most part the trail surface was great for the crossover/hybrid type bikes/tires we rode. A few lengthy sections were recently "repaved" with a hard packed sand-pebble type material that should be great with a bit of time/use and seasoning. It was a bit tacky being recently put down, but not a big deal. The section thru Rochester was on paved trail through more suburban, urban and industrial areas (with quite a few tree root bumps), but all in all just fine. If you are looking for a great overnighter or a couple one day sections, I would highly recommend Lockport to Brockport or Spencerport, and on the other side of Rochester, Pittsford to Palmyra, Newark or Lyons. Really beautiful, peaceful, scenic and easy to ride!!
Corinne on 08/29/2019 07:07 AM
Is there transportation if I only have one car?
Canajoharie how far west of Canajoharie to find a restroom? -
Electric bike from Schoharie County on 08/23/2019 06:09 PM
How far west of Canajoharie do you need to bicycle before finding a public restroom (or restaurant with a restroom)?
John from Cobleskill on 08/24/2019 09:46 AM
West? There's a Save a Lot in Fort Plain that's right on the pathway.
Going east from Canajo there's a church in Sprakers (?) that is open and offers a bathroom and water to those using the path.
October Day Ride in/around Syracuse -
Hokie from Southern Tier on 08/19/2019 09:06 PM
Anyone have a good recommendation for a 4-6 hour ride in/around Syracuse that would make for a scenic day trip in October? Something paved would be ideal, though we could bring our hybrids if there's some rough terrain that opens up a more beautiful part of the trail.
Overnight Parking in Rochester -
Dan from Manchester, Ct on 08/14/2019 08:04 PM
Where can I park overnight in Rochester? I'd like to bike over to Macedon, camp there and then return?
Bop from Rochester on 08/15/2019 07:47 PM
Can't vouch for any or know of any. From the list, Mapco Auto Parks is the nearest to a canal entrance. Less than a mile.
Canalway Parking lot at Amsterday -
NewB from Schenectady NY on 08/06/2019 09:44 PM
Is it safe/legal to leave your car overnight at the canalway parking lot in Amsterdam NY.
Black Brook Park in Clyde -
Brad on 08/05/2019 09:17 AM
I called to make a camping reservation and was told that camping is not allowed!
Ray S (webmaster) on 08/06/2019 09:21 PM
Thank you for this update - I have removed Camping from the amenities at Black Brook Park.
trail conditions -
xfiveo from buffalo on 08/02/2019 11:11 PM
hello...we are planning on staying in pittsford and taking a couple of day rides...we want to head west for 10-15 miles and turn around and do the same heading east for 10-15 miles...
...my concern is that I've heard that the trail is more of a "hard packed" surface and may be soft ot sandy if it should rain making it more challenging to ride with our road bikes with 28mm tires...
...does anyone know anything about this ??? ...thank you !!
Bop from Rochester on 08/03/2019 07:28 AM
The canal West of Pittsford is paved all the way to Long Pond Road, in Greece. Going east, it's the normal hard pack surface. A hard downpour could soften the path somewhat. On the lead page https://bikeeriecanal.com/forum.aspx
There's a picture showing what the path looks like east of Pittsford for the most part.
Buffalo to Syracuse or Syracuse to Albany? -
John Fry from Park City Utah on 07/25/2019 03:53 PM
Hi, first timer here. We're going to do a five day bike trip in late September early October. Do you think the Buffalo to Syracuse section, or the Syracuse to Albany section is nicer, in terms of riding quality, scenery, traffic noise, general ambiance? Thanks, John
BobTheBuilder from Cleveland, Ohio on 07/30/2019 04:30 PM
Buffalo to Syracuse more trail, less roads
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?
Best 100 miles? -
Matt from Reading, PA on 06/24/2019 07:34 PM
A friend and I only have 2 nights. We can ride 1/2 day, a full day then 1 more half day. We want to take our time and enjoy the sights. We want to avoid the cities as much as possible.
Anyone have a recommendation on their favorite 100 mile section of this trail?
Green Lakes State Park in Syracuse -
robert levac from windsor on 06/23/2019 02:28 PM
anyone stay here while travelling the trail. thank you
Trail conditions -
Connie & Rob from Madbury, NH on 06/20/2019 08:53 AM
We're heading west on the trail and we are currently staying an extra day at the Quality Inn in Rome because of the torrential downpours that are supposed to go on all day. 1 to 2 inches of rain predicted. Can anyone advise us on the best way to get to Syracuse? Will the trail be too muddy and, if so, what is the best alternative? Are there sections that have been recently paved that might not be on our map?
Margaret on 06/20/2019 03:16 PM
Hi We just biked from Macedon Lock 30 to Seneca Falls area Had planned to camp at Cayuga zLake but booked hotel 4 night after riding all day in rain Trail was actually not bad at all not that muddy though wet of course Grester challenge was the on road sections w cars flying by
Margaret on 06/20/2019 03:19 PM
Oh and trail nesr spencerport is under construction Take sweden walker road
Macedon Lock 30 campground -
Margaret from Amherst, OH on 06/01/2019 09:39 PM
Wondering if anyone has ever camped at the Macedon campground? How much space is there? Is there any showers?
jrstewart3 from Rochester on 06/18/2019 07:47 PM
You can camp in Palmyra, and there are showers.
Parking on buffalo -
Obx vincent from Outerbanks NC on 06/12/2019 01:50 PM
Does anyone hav suggestions for leaving my vehicle
In Buffalo for 7 to 10 days while I ride to Albany
End of july?
Jim on 06/15/2019 06:38 AM
There is a Marriott downtown near the start of the trail. We parked one night there, they charge for it but I don’t recall how much.
Rm from Ct on 06/18/2019 11:55 AM
Left my car in a pay garage for 7 days in Albany..cost $35.
Biking conditions of path from Buffalo to Albany -
Jerry L from Gaithersburg Maryland on 06/08/2019 04:16 PM
Hi All. Would love to bike from Buffalo to Albany in late July. My 3 main questions is: 1 Can I use a road bike on the entire trail without a problem. 2. How well marked is the trail especially through cities like Syracuse and Albany/Schenectady. 3. Do I have to reserve a hotel room in advance or can I just show up and get a room. My wife will be following in a car and will catch up to me at the end of my daily ride. Any help will be greatly appreciated.
Econo Lodge in Brockport -
SarahVW from Black Mtn, NC on 06/05/2019 09:15 PM
This is a very small hotel, but our accommodations were just fine. Plenty of room for bikes in room, just make sure to request a 1st floor room as they do not have an elevator and the stairs were difficult for a bike with gear. Clean and friendly.
SarahVW from Black Mtn, NC on 06/05/2019 09:13 PM
Stop at the park! There is a neat waterfall, plenty of picnic areas, and a playground.
SarahVW from Black Mtn, NC on 06/05/2019 09:11 PM
We've gone from Buffalo to Rochester so far with little issue. Yes the conditions from Medina to brockport were not ideal, but doable. Any detours for closed portions have been well marked and safe (we are riding with a 3 year old and a puppy so we are super careful and have felt fine)
SarahVW from Black Mtn, NC on 06/05/2019 09:06 PM
On the suggestion of a large group of cyclists, we had lunch at Pony's Irish Pub. It is across the street from Portside Cafe. This is a local favorite. We enjoyed our beer, wings, and hamburgers. Great bar food and a nice stop!
Quality Inn Lockport in Lockport -
SarahVW from Black Mtn, NC on 06/05/2019 09:03 PM
This was a clean, quiet place to stay in Lockport. Not far from the trail and allows pets as well. No pool, but a free breakfast. We met many cyclists here. Would recommend as a place to stay.
SarahVW from Black Mtn, NC on 06/05/2019 09:00 PM
Go to Uncle Gs. You won't be disappointed! They now have food as well as ice cream.
Uncle G's Ice Cream in Pendleton -
SarahVW from Black Mtn, NC on 06/05/2019 08:59 PM
This place is awesome! Plenty of vegan flavors too. They are right on the trail and have food and lots of excellent ice cream. Also gave a pup cup with vanilla ice cream to or dog.
Condition of trail from Rochester to Brockport -
Sue from Rochester on 06/05/2019 08:32 PM
Does anyone know the current condition of the trail between Rochester and Brockport? I heard that a section near Brockport might be closed. We're planning a trip this weekend. Thanks.
Anonymous from Medina on 06/02/2019 07:00 PM
Fitzgibbons Celtic pub is a must see place to enjoy a beverage and or meal.
Hejamada Campground in Port Byron -
robert levac from windsor on 06/01/2019 08:39 PM
anyone ever stay here
Syracuse to albany -
Nancy from Port jefferson on 05/25/2019 09:14 AM
Any tips re: starting trip at syracuse? Need to leave truck until return. Any hoteks let u park while u ride if you stay a night? Hotel duggestions for night befire we ride? Avoid any section of downtown syracuse or no? Ty!
week long parking Buffalo -
Mary from Rock Island Illinois on 05/04/2019 08:43 AM
We are looking for a reasonable prices parking option for our car while we are biking... we have transportation to Albany and plan to leave our car in Buffalo for the 8 days we will be gone...
jim from central NJ on 05/20/2019 09:15 AM
If you come up with a good solution here, would you mind posting? We are also looking for extended parking in Buffalo. thanks!