New York’s Erie Canal

We’ll pedal by early 1800s historic commercial port cities, explore canal locks, and ride 100 miles of the Erie Canalway, a National Heritage Corridor. This rail-trail ride, on mostly limestone tow paths and a day of backcountry roads, will follow the most commercially enduring and historically significant canalway in the U.S.

We will meet in Buffalo, and then transport to Old Fort Niagara on the shores of Lake Ontario to begin our exploration of New York’s main street. The bike riding on this tour is a bit of a hybrid; we begin on some friendly backroads with minimal traffic and friendly grades, 500 feet in 37 miles, then 100 miles of the Erie Canal trail. Your bike tires will cruise the route once plied by mules dragging barges and moving the goods of the Midwest to the rest of the world via the port of New York.