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New York State Canalway Trail


The New York State Canalway Trail is a multi-use trail along the New York State Canalway. Today, the trail stretches 200 (non-continuous) miles. Cynthia Munk, spokesperson for the New York State Throughway Authority/Canal Corporation stated to LASN, "We want to be able to allow bikers and users of the trail to be able to use it along the entire canalway." When complete, the Canalway Trail will span over 500 miles connecting numerous cities, towns and villages along the Canal System, making in one of the most extensive trail networks in the country.

The Canalway Trail System consists of four historic waterways: the Erie, the Champlain, the Oswego and the Cayuga-Senega Canals. The Canal System spans 524 miles across New York State, linking the Hudson River with Lake Champlain, Lake Ontario, the Finger Lakes, the Niagara River and Lake Erie.

Munk emphasized that, "The ISTEA funds with enhancements will allow the New York State Canalway Trail to be expanded, and because we depend on partnerships and the community along the system... that money would be vital to attain the goal, which is to complete the canalway system along the canal."

Today, the Canalway Trail provides quiet recreation of wildlife viewing along miles of green and tranquil trails that link communities friendly hospitality. There are numerous parks along the New York State Canalway Trail that offer hiking, bicycling, and cross-country skiing for all outdoors enthusiasts. However with more funding, these numerous parks along the trail can be linked to even more parks and trails to provide visitors the ability to experience an unending landscape as well as explore the history and culture of the canals that once signaled New York's emergence as the "Empire State."

Photo provided courtesy of the New York State Thruway Authority. hello

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November 13, 2019, 7:21 pm PDT

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