Two Hundred and sixty miles of Erie Canalway and Erie Rail Trails, Canal Towpaths and Rail Lines Have Been Turned Into Bike trails
Remnants of the 1825 Erie Canal, the first of three versions, offer historic sites and old towpaths where mules once pulled the boats and now bikers ride
The canal was first proposed by a flour merchant near buffalo and then 1817. Completed in 1825, the canal made it possible to travel by boat from 1817. Completed in 1825, the canal made it possible to travel by boat from marvel was called at times Clinton's Folly but proved to be a boon to New York City, making it the financial capitol of the world. The Canal once touted as the Eighth Wonder of the World has seen two rebuilding phases since the first project. As boats grew larger and steam power came in, the towpaths along the old course fell to disuse.
Railroads built track along the canal and then as that mode of transport gave way to airplanes and trucking, the flat and wide rail beds became bike and walking paths.
Now determined groups along the 360 miles of canal would like to build off-road biking the length and they have nearly reached that goal.
the canal that run for 20 miles, others  are stone that runs along the canal and then  loops through the downtown center of a village.

At times the trail runs on a wide path set aside along the highway that parallels the canal. This network of bike and walking trails connects Albany New York to Buffalo New York,  a distance of nearly 400 miles..

Most trails follow the Erie Canal, built in 1825, although some sections are on a wide path along the paved  highway Route 31.

The trail builders have a goal of over 300 miles of off-road bicycle trail within a few years.
Canal's western end near Niagara Falls
Erie Canal Bike Trail riders can use the same resources used by boats that tie up in Fairport and other stops for the night
The Tonawanda bike trail near Niagara Falls and the western end of the Erie Canal bike trail system
The bike trail ends at the confluence of the Erie Canal and Niagara River but Goat Island at Niagara falls has more bike trails.
Modern Locks built in 1917 emptying for the passage of a boat bound for NYCity
Distance Erie Canal Bike Trails, Albany to Niagara Falls
The distance on the Erie Canal Bike Trails from Albany to Niagara Falls is about 400 miles.  Trails include paved and stone dust paths, off-road bicycle trails along the canal for about 260 miles, or two thirds the distance from Albany To Buffalo
Multi-use trails along the Erie Canal total nearly 300 miles
Five hundred riders made the annual 400-mile group trip last July to promote awareness of this resource
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Erie Canal Bike Trail, Summer 8-day Tour Buffalo to Albany July 400 miles
Erie Barge Canal, Brief History
Erie Canalway and Erie Rail Trails
The canal bike trail passes modern Locks built in 1917 that are maintained by a fleet of state boats painted blue and Yellow
Biking and walking trail beside the canal
The B&Bs along the way on the western end of the canal are listed in the www.ptny.org website
Barge Canal at the west end. Check Auto Europe's Flights and Rental vehicles.
Albany at the east end of the Erie canal has air service from
Albany International
The B&Bs along the way on the western end of the canal are listed in the www.ptny.org website
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