RV camping along the nearly 400 miles of the Erie Canal puts you on the canal bike trails, some paved bicycle trails, others stone dust, and others, gravel or a loop through the downtown of the historic villages.
The Erie Canal connects Albany to Buffalo New York, a distance of 360 miles or so.
Erie Canal's bike Trails follow the canal, first opened in 1825.
Some sections of the bike routes are on a wide path along the paved highway Route 31, Route 5 and 5s.
Other sections, about 260 miles or so, are off-road. The trail builders have a goal of over 300 miles of off-road bicycle trail within a few years.
RV Erie Barge Canal Vacation, Biking and Hiking On The Erie Canal
Erie Canal, Hiking and Biking
Bicycle the 260 miles of off-road bicycle trails beside the Erie Barge Canal and ride from Albany To Buffalo
RV Trip On the Erie Barge Canal for Hiking and Biking the Historic Erie Canalway
Erie Barge Canal Towpaths are now the Erie Bike Trails: Canal Towpaths and Rail Lines Turned Into Bike trails
Three versions of the Erie Canal offer historic sites, canal parks, and old towpaths where mules once pulled the boats and now bikers ride
Erie Canal History
The Erie Barge Canal was first proposed by a flour merchant near buffalo and then championed by Governor of New York, Dewitt Clinton who broke ground in 1817.
Works was completed in 1825 and the rsultant canal made it possible to travel by boat from Lake Erie in the west to the Hudson River in the east.
This engineering marvel was called at times
a wonder of the world and at other times Clinton's FollyYork but the canal eventually made New York City 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 the villages and towns along the 360 miles of canal would like to build off-road biking the length of the canal and they have nearly reached that goal.
The Erie Barge Canal's
western end is a short distance from Niagara Falls
A good museum stop is offered by George Eastman's house (Kodak) in Rochester, a main port on the old canal
Boats tie up in Fairport for the night
Sunset over Niagara Falls
RV s can park at Niagara Falls
The Tonawanda bike trail marks the western end of the Erie Canal where the canal meets Lake Erie near Niagara Falls
Modern Locks built in 1917 empty for the passage of a boat bound for NY City
Lock 30 in Macedon: large RV parking and a stone dust bike trail beside the Erie Canal that runs for many miles between Palmyra and Lockport.
History: Canal Improvements Continued Page Two
By 1862 the canal had been so successful that improvement were made to increase cargo capacity. Depth was increase form the original four feet to seven feet and the cargo capacity of the barges increased to 240 tons. By 1883 the canal became free of tolls; it had recouped all construction and maintenance costs and profited the State $42 million.
An RV Erie Barge Canal vacation offers biking and hiking on 260 miles of off-road bicycle and hiking trails along the Erie Barge Canal.
the Erie Barge Canal at the west end. Check Auto Europe's Flights and rental vehicles.
Albany, at the east end of the Erie Canal, offers air service from Albany International Airport (ALB) Rental Cars Available
Interstate Highway 90 runs parallel to the Erie Canal from Albany to Buffalo
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)
Amtrak, Albany-Rensselaer, NY, (ALB) To Buffalo, Depew, NY, (BUF), $47 USD, five hours
service available in Rome
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While biking and hiking along the Erie Barge Canal you can see canal locks that operate to allow boats to transit from Lake Erie to the Hudson River.
Canal locks operate to allow boats to transit from Albany to Buffalo
Walking, biking, rollerblading on the old Erie Canal
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