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Erie Canalway Trail, NY

See all of Upstate New York by biking with your dog from Buffalo to Albany!

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    See all of Upstate New York by biking with your dog from Buffalo to Albany!

    Special Interest: BikingGreat OutdoorsHikingOutdoor PlayRunningSportsSports - FitnessSports - PullSports - WinterWalking

    The Erie Canalway extends 360 miles through much of upstate New York starting in Buffalo and ending in Albany.

    The trail is both paved as well as gravel. Portions of the trail runs along or passes through the Erie Canal, Hudson River, Mohawk River, Niagara River and beautiful Adirondack Mountains. The park also passes through many parks, giving you a place for you and your dog to stop and play, rest, and eat.

    Erie Canalway Trail Quick Links
    Pawtivity Listing: Essential info & tips for dog owners. Link
    Website: Link
    Maps & Access: Map
    Start: Buffalo, NY 42.878394, -78.880998 Map
    End: Albany, NY 42.649998, -73.749547 Map
    Terrain: Paved and Gravel (Stone Dust)
    Elevation: Chart
    Dog Policy: Dogs must be leashed. Info
    Motor Vehicles: Not Allowed

    Dogs should be on leash. The trail is open to other pedestrians and horses (at Old Erie Canal State Park). Cross-country skiing is allowed during winter months when snow is on the trail.

    An interactive map is available on the Parks & Trails New York website. The map also gives you information on trail conditions, visitor information, parking, trailheads, connections to other trails, and attractions. Thanks New York – very useful!

    The Erie Canalway Trail start and end points are:

    Veterans Park
    Along Marine Dr.
    1 Naval Park Cove
    Buffalo, NY 14202
    GPS Coordinates (estimated) 42.878394, -78.880998 Map

    Based on the Parks & Trails New York interactive map, the trail starts along Marine Dr. Some parking is available along Marine Dr.
    Head northwest towards Erie St. on your bike. Then, make a right on Erie St and a left on Lakefront Blvd to remain on the Erie Canalway Trail. Alternatively you can start at Erie St. & Lakefront Blvd. Parking lots are convenient around the area.

    Jennings Landing (In Corning City Preserve)
    Along Maiden Ln.
    1 Quay St
    Albany, NY 12207
    GPS Coordinates (estimated) 42.649998, -73.749547 Map

    Based on the Parks & Trails New York interactive map, the trail ends along Maiden Ln. This is slightly west of Jennings Landing. The trail here is renamed the Mohawk-Hudson Hike Bike Trail. Parking lots are convenient around the area.

    Need some help deciding what section of the trail to bike? It may be helpful to see what else is happening in various areas and plan for a weekend trip! The Parks & Trails New York website breaks up the trail into 4 segments: 1) Buffalo to Rochester 2) Rochester to Syracuse 3) Syracuse to Little Falls and 4) Little Falls to Albany. Each area brings a different experience to your bike ride. The best trails for dogs are usually ones for kids as well. The National Heritage Corridor gives some great tips what to do in each city and on kid friendly trails.


    Help a fellow dog owner! Do you have an adventure story? Contact us and we will link it to this pawtivity or event! Where did you go? What did you do? Please include any useful tips and advice that would help others!

    Location: Buffalo | Albany | New York
    Activities: Biking, Mountain Biking, Fat Tire Biking, Walking, Running, Snowshoeing, Cross-Country Skiing, Mushing

    Items Needed: Bike, Bike Helmet, Bike Repair Kit, Bike Attachment or Springer, Non-Tangling Lead, Body Harness, Water, First Aid, Reflective Tape or Gear, Poop Bags, Other Appropriate Gear

    Safety: Please consult your vet on running with your dog, especially if you have a puppy. Pay attention to your dog's abilities and start slow. Never run when it is too hot or cold outside. And don't forget to check the paws!

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