Erie Canalway or Erie Rail Trails, The Canal towpaths and rail lines have been turned into bike trails
The Canalway is a largely off-road trail that goes between Albany and Buffalo using abandoned rail lines, old trolley lines, and discontinued haul roads where draft animals once pulled the Erie Canal Barges.
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
Detailed Canalway Trail maps
  • Off-Road Bike Trails
Some of the bike trails on the Erie Barge Canal are paved bicycle trails along the canal that use the old roads and mule haul roads, others are gravel or a combination that runs along the canal and then  loops through the downtown center of the canal villages.
  • On-Road
At times the trail runs on a wide path set aside along highway Route 5 and 5s as they  parallel the canal.  There is a wide bike lane for most of this on-road section designated  New York State Bicycle Route 5.  
  • Bike Trail System
This network of bike and walking trails connects Albany New York to Buffalo New York,  a distance of 360 miles or so and in total includes 520 miles of designated bike and walking trail.
On the eastern section of the canal, The New York State Bicycle Route 5 travels over Highway Routes 5 and 5s.
The Off-road Canalway Trail Runs parallel to the on-road bike route in places.
Canal's western end near Niagara Falls
same resources used by Bike riders can use the same resources used by Boats that tie up in Fairport and other stops
Sunset over Niagara Falls
The Tonawanda bike trail near Niagara Falls and the western end of the Erie Canalway system
Modern Locks built in 1917 open for the passage of a boat bound for the Great Lakes.
Erie Canal Bike Trails, Off-Road Bicycle Trails From Albany To Buffalo
Off-Road and On-Road Bicycle Trails of The Canalway Trail Go From Albany To Buffalo and Cover 520 Miles
Five hundred riders make the annual 400-mile group trip each July to promote awareness of this resource
Erie Canal Bike Trail, Summer 8-day Tour Buffalo to Albany July
Erie Canalway and Erie Rail Trails
The Erie Canal locks  are maintained by a fleet of state boats painted blue and Yellow
Biking and walking trail The Canalway Trail and Erie Canal Heritage Trail on the north side of the Erie Canal near Lock 30 in Macedon
The B&Bs along the way on the western end of the canal are listed in the website
Erie Canal Bike Trails are mostly off-road Bicycle Trails from Albany To Buffalo.  Some trails are paved bicycle trails along the canal that run for 20 miles, others are stone dust, and others are gravel trails along the canal
Erie Canal off-road
Albany at the east end of the Erie canal has air service from Albany International Airport (ALB) Rental Cars Available   
  • Auto
Interstate highway 90 runs parallel to the Erie Canal from Albany to Buffalo
  • Bus
Greyhound, Trailways, and other bus lines service Buffalo and Albany.  Bikes can go aboard in the luggage compartment
•Baggage must not exceed 62 inches when adding the total exterior dimensions of the piece (length + width + height). A charge of $30 - $40 (depending on the distance traveled) will be applied to any baggage above the 62-inch limit.
◦Packaging exceptions will only be made for the following items: bicycles, skis and ski poles must be packed in wood, canvas or other substantial container, and securely fastened    (Excerpted from Greyhound)
  • Train
Amtrak, Albany-Rensselaer, NY, (ALB) To Buffalo,  Depew, NY,  (BUF),   $47 USD , five hours
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Canal tugs and work boats maintain the Erie Canal
An abandoned trolley line at Niskayuna has become part of the Erie Canalway Trail
The abandoned haul roads have become  part of the Erie Canalway Trail
The Erie Canalway Trail
in Schenectady
Erie Canal bike trail in Tonawonda near Niagara Falls
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