Erie Canalway Trail Pittsford to Fairport

Albany, New York

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This historic canal towpath is now an 84-mile recreational trail, a developed stretch of the canal’s total 360 miles. This section reveals the canal’s famous Great Embankment, meanders through three charming towns, and offers food, drink, and services at each end and at its midpoint. We won’t actually travel “15 miles on the Erie Canal”—we’ll stop at 6, enough for a satisfying walk along the water on a fine spring day or a crisp fall afternoon. In the canal’s heyday, mules walked this towpath to propel barges up and down the water’s length, and you’ll gain some appreciation for their labors as you stride along this historic, enduringly appealing pathway.
Hiking through History New York

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Hiking through History New York

by Randi Minetor (Falcon Guides)

This historic canal towpath is now an 84-mile recreational trail, a developed stretch of the canal’s total 360 miles. This section reveals the canal’s famous Great Embankment, meanders through three charming towns, and offers food, drink, and services at each end and at its midpoint.

We won’t actually travel “15 miles on the Erie Canal”—we’ll stop at 6, enough for a satisfying walk along the water on a fine spring day or a crisp fall afternoon. In the canal’s heyday, mules walked this towpath to propel barges up and down the water’s length, and you’ll gain some appreciation for their labors as you stride along this historic, enduringly appealing pathway.

© 2016 Randi Minetor /Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Albany
Distance: 6
Elevation Gain: 102 feet
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: New York State Canal Corporation, 200 Southern Blvd., Albany 12201; (518) 436-2700; www.nyscanals.gov
Local Maps: Canalway map and guide available at eriecanalway.org/documents/ECNHC_MapGuide_2012_web.pdf
Driving Directions: Directions to Erie Canalway Trail: Pittsford to Fairport

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