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18. The Erie Canalway Trail

18. The Erie Canalway Trail

Location: Albany, N.Y.
Distance: 365 miles
Best Suited For: Mountain or hybrid bikes
Website: ptny.org

This trail extends almost 400 miles across upstate New York between downtown Albany and downtown Buffalo. It connects almost every major upstate city, as well as many smaller villages in between. In fact, there is a town every 10 or 15 miles on this route-as far as a mule could pull a barge in a day. If a mule could make it with a barge, you can make it on your bike.

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    Grayson May 8th, 2012 at 05:39 AM

    Awsome list.

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    Snarky May 29th, 2012 at 10:11 PM

    I've been on a few of these. The Hiawatha I did with my 7 year old. The whole time I made her hug the mountain face and I rode on the outside. But she had a GREAT time. Still talks about it, despite that it was little heavy on the exercise for her. Recommend that trail to anyone - well worth hauling my bike halfway across the country.

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    Harvey Botzman August 16th, 2012 at 01:20 PM

    As the author of "Erie Canal Bicyclist & Hiker Tour Guide" www.cyclotour.com/eriecanal.htm To find out information about facilities and attractions along the 4 canals of New York state go to Canal New York, www.canalny.com The official web site for the Erie Canalway Trail (sometimes termed the "Erie Canal Trail" or "Tow Path") is www.canals.ny.gov. The U. S. National Park, Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor website is: eriecanalway.org The organization listed under the website in this article conducts a multi-day charity bicycle tour of the Erie Canal each year. It does not own or operate the NYS Canal System.

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    paul September 20th, 2012 at 10:40 PM

    although they listed the mesaba trail in northern minnesota, they failed to list the first "official bike highway" in minneapolis that kicks off many great commuter and recreation trails with cool places to stop and bike shops and bike rental places. i also did not see much from Portland nor the bike routes that cover the trip back from the San Juan islands down to Seattle, which i have enjoyed but are not official bike paths.

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