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Little Falls celebrated the officially completion of the one-mile segment of the Erie Canal trail on Tuesday.

Little Falls City Mayor Robert Peters along with state Canal Corporation Director Brian Stratton and several state and local officials cut a ribbon to celebrate the completion of a one-mile of the trail off of state Route 167 in Little Falls.

The section helps connect 40 continuous miles of the trail from the city to Amsterdam in Montgomery County. This completed section marks more than 75 percent completion of the trail, with about 60 miles of trail left to finish.

It is part of 10 miles of trail the Canal Corp. has been working on to help close the gaps in the 348-mile Erie Canal trail.

Stratton said the Canal Corp. is making the completion a priority, and the 10 miles currently being worked on is expected to be completed by 2015.

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To fully enjoy the sights and smells that autumn in New York has to offer, try walking or biking along a multi-use trail. Take your time as you stroll or pedal your way through a canopy of bright fall foliage, breathing in the fresh air, and drawing in the scenery around you.

Multi-use trails such as rail and canal trails, greenways and bikeways are family friendly places to walk, run, or bike. Many are along historic railways or canal corridors and are mostly flat. Many of the trails are also located near scenic rivers and streams. One thing they have in common, however, is that they all offer a view of the beautiful foliage during the fall months.

Parks & Trails New York has put together a list of Ten Terrific Trails we recommend for fall.

To find a trail near you, use TrailFinder, Parks & Trails New York’s online guide to multi-use trails across New York State at www.ptny.org/trailfinder. TrailFinder can be used to search for trails in several ways—by trail name, by trail attributes such as length, surface, allowable uses, distance from a particular location, or by browsing the interactive map.

Parks & Trails New York is New York’s leading statewide advocate for parks and trails, dedicated since 1985 to improving our health, economy, and quality of life through the use and enjoyment of green space. Find out more about Parks & Trails New York by visiting www.ptny.org and our Facebook and Twitter sites.

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Take Your Bike – Rochester available at http://www.footprintpress.com

Erie Canalway Trail – Between Albany and Buffalo more than 270 miles of Erie Canalway Trail provide the opportunity to experience quaint towns and a bounty of fall color along the state’s historic New York State Canal System.  The longest continuous stretch of trail begins in Lockport, about 10 miles east of Buffalo, and continues 100 miles to Lyons along the Erie Canal in western New York.  Other long stretches can be found in the 36-mile Old Erie Canal State Park between Dewitt and Rome in central New York and the more than 40 miles of trail between Little Falls and Amsterdam in eastern New York. When completed, the Erie Canalway Trail will provide 365 miles of multi-use trails along the canal, making it the longest intra-state trail in the country.

Genesee Valley Greenway
– In western New York, the Genesee Valley Greenway’s well-known “tunnel of green” turns to red and yellow as more than 60 miles of trail follows the Genesee River and the abandoned Genesee Valley Canal through woodlands, farmlands, and historic villages from Rochester to near the Pennsylvania border.  Within Letchworth State Park, the Genesee Valley Greenway affords sweeping views of the famous gorge and waterfalls of the “Grand Canyon of the East.”

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Take Your Bike – Finger Lakes available at http://www.footprintpress.com

Catharine Valley Trail – The hillsides resplendent with autumn color above Seneca Lake are a perfect backdrop to begin a visit to the Catharine Valley Trail in Watkins Glen.   The 10-mile trail follows abandoned railroad and canal towpath corridors through the 900-acre Queen Catharine Marsh, historic villages, and a heavily wooded, glacially carved valley Located in the heart of the Finger Lakes.

Pat McGee Trail – In the western Southern Tier, the relatively rural 12-mile Pat McGee Trail offers the opportunity to experience the colors of fall while passing through woods, wetlands, and open fields filled with rich a variety of plants, trees, and wildlife.

Cato-Fairhaven Trail – Ponds, wetlands, and old farm buildings add to the rural and agricultural charm of the 14-mile Cato-Fairhaven Trail.  Dense stands of sumac, beech, maple, and aspen trees provide plenty of fall color along this corridor near the shores of Lake Ontario in Central New York.

– What better place to experience autumn color than in the Adirondacks.  There are plenty of opportunities to be surrounded by the best of fall foliage from this 12-mile trail that connects the five mountain communities that give the trail its name – Thendara, Old Forge, Big Moose, Inlet, and Eagle Bay.

Catskill Scenic Trail
– The Catskill Scenic Trail follows the route of the former Ulster and Delaware railroad. Young and old will find this an easy and enjoyable route through the foothills of the Catskills.  The trail parallels the West Branch of the Delaware River for the entire route and offers many delightful fishing spots.

Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park:  Drink in breathtaking views of the Hudson Valley fully decked out in autumn color from more than 200 feet above the middle of the river on the longest, elevated pedestrian bridge in the world.  The Walkway is the center piece of a 3.6-mile loop that links riverside parks, cultural attractions and historic points of interest on both the Poughkeepsie and Highland waterfronts.

North County Trailway  Following the bed of the former Putnam Division of the New York Central Railroad, this paved trail winds more than 22 miles through the woodlands, parks, and suburbs of Westchester County.  Historic rail stations and a beautiful bridge across the New Croton Reservoir add to the appeal of the route.

Bethpage Bikeway – The 6.5–mile Bethpage Bikeway links Long Island’s Bethpage State Park with the South Shore at Massapequa.  From the Park, the trail passes through a mature forest cover along the Bethpage State Parkway before entering the mixed evergreens and deciduous forests of the Massapequa County Park and Preserve.  The park’s ponds, wetlands, and Massapequa Lake and Creek can all be experienced from the trail.

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Parks & Trails New York’s interactive map of the Erie Canalway Trail— a cross-state route between Buffalo and Albany along the legendary Erie Canal—has been updated and optimized for mobile devices. The map can be found on the Parks & Trails New York website: www.ptny.org/bikecanal/map.

Since the original site launched in 2008, the award-winning Cycling the Erie Canalway Trail interactive map has helped thousands of visitors plan their journeys along the iconic Erie Canal. As more and more visitors are using web-enabled devices, PTNY created an optimized version of its popular map that functions on both desktop PCs as well as smartphones and tablet devices. The revised map features improved search functions, a new distance measuring tool, and GPS—all with a clean, modern look and feel.

With GPS-enabled capability, users can find exactly where they are relative to the Trail and easily locate nearby attractions and services, including museums, historic sites, parks, lodging, bike shops, restaurants, convenience stores, ATMs, pharmacies, and hardware stores. Parking areas and handicapped accessible trailheads are also included.

Users can view the entire Erie Canalway Trail, from Buffalo to Albany, or zoom in for more detail. They can pan or scroll through the entire route, choose a specific region to explore, or find the location of a particular attraction, lodging establishment or bike. Many of the points of interest feature a web-link for more information.

“We’re excited to be able to provide this updated map for Erie Canalway Trail visitors,” said Parks & Trails New York Executive Director Robin Dropkin. “The Erie Canalway Trail is an economic engine for upstate New York, and we are confident that the new interactive site will encourage additional visitors to come and see the beauty and experience the heritage of the Erie Canal.”

“Thanks to the new and improved interactive map now available on the Parks & Trails New York website it is now easier than ever for people to plan their visits to the Erie Canalway Trail,”  said Canal Corporation director, Brian U. Stratton.  “We are delighted to be able to direct visitors to this new planning resource.”

“What a great tool for helping people enjoy the Canalway Corridor,” said Beth Sciumeca, Executive Director of the Erie Canalway  National Heritage Corridor.  “Whether you want to spend just a few hours or cycle the entire Erie Canalway Trail, this is the go-to map for planning a trip.”

More Erie Canalway Trail resources: guidebook and supported bike tour

Parks & Trails New York also offers a companion guidebook to the Erie Canalway Trail, Cycling the Erie Canal, with 42 color maps and interpretive information, as well as tips on cycling, travel and trip preparation—all in a handy 5” by 9” spiral-bound package that can easily be tucked into a saddle bag, backpack, or car glove compartment.  The organization also organizes a supported bike tour along the Erie Canalway Trail every July that attracts more than 500 cyclists.  More information on the guidebook and bike tour, plus other Erie Canalway Trail resources, can be found at www.ptny.org.

Parks & Trails New York is the leading statewide advocate for parks and trails, dedicated since 1985 to improving the health and quality of life of all New Yorkers through the use and enjoyment of green space. Parks & Trails New York has worked with more than 275 community organizations and municipalities to develop and maintain a network of parks and trails throughout New York State.  The organization’s “Close the Gaps” campaign is dedicated to completing the last 75 miles of the Erie Canalway Trail to achieve a 365-mile continuous, off-road trail between Buffalo and Albany.

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bike ice creamMy bike stops for ice cream. I also use ice cream as a go-to-goal when heading out biking. In that spirit, here’s a new reason to follow the Erie Canalway Trail to Lockport:

Lake Effect Ice Cream opened its new Lockport ice cream parlor, a cone’s throw from the Erie Canal, in June. Tourists have been flocking to the store, no doubt having earned a fling after soaking up the canal’s backstory for a solid hour.

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Take Your Bike – Genesee Valley available at http://www.footprintpress.com

The store (79 Canal St., Lockport) usually carries more than 25 flavors from Lake Effect’s far-ranging menu. That includes established favorites like Salty Caramel and Frozen Hot Chocolate, and wacky ones like Love Potion # 9 (raspberry, lavender).

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Take Your Bike – Rochester available at http://www.footprintpress.com

The biggest draw to the new shop isn’t the ice cream – it’s what they can build with it. Lake Effect pints are already available at many area Tops Markets and Wegmans. The shop also offers floats, ice cream coffee drinks and ice cream cookie sandwiches the size of a baby’s head.

But people have been driving to Lockport for their sundaes, said Jason Wulf, who runs the company with Erik Bernardi.

A Wee Bit of Scotland ($4 “mini,” $5.50 large) features Lake Effect’s Whiskey and Brown Sugar ice cream, layered into a plastic parfait cup with raspberry sauce and toasty granola-like oats, adorned with whipped cream and a stick of shortbread. (A “mini” sundae starts with two big scoops of ice cream, and is enough for most mere mortals.)

Wulf said he drew inspiration for the sundae from a trip to Scotland with his wife, Heather. At a restaurant he experienced the Scottish dessert cranachan, which involves whipped cream or pudding, honey, whiskey, oats and fresh raspberries. “I wanted to bring something back from that trip, and it just seemed perfect,” he said. Lake Effect already made whiskey ice cream.

Another popular sundae is the Morning Commute, with Mocha Cappucino ice cream, chunks of Paula’s Donuts, whipped cream, chocolate sauce and chopped walnuts.

“We get people coming from far and wide,” said Wulf. “We have people come from Batavia and Orchard Park, not just Kenmore.”

For info, visit www.lakeeffecticecream.com or call 201-1643.

source: Buffalo News

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Click here to watch the video: Reflections on Biking the Erie Canalway Trail

Click here o find out more about the Erie Canway Tour.

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optimizedNow, plan your trip by desktop or smartphone

Parks & Trails New York is pleased to introduce an optimized version of our interactive Erie Canalway Trail map, first developed in 2008, which is designed to function on both desktop PCs and smartphones.

The map has better search functions, added attractions and points of interest, a new measuring tool, GPS, and an easier- to-operate user interface. Visit the new and improved Canalway Trail map and start planning your adventure today!

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By Elizabeth Doran | syracuse.com

Construction on the pedestrian bridge began in May. (Steven Billmyer/ sbillmyer@syracuse.com)

Construction on the pedestrian bridge began in May. (Steven Billmyer/ sbillmyer@syracuse.com)

The new pedestrian bridge connecting Fayetteville’s Canal Landing Park with the Erie Canal trail opened officially on July 1, 2013.

The bridge project, along with various other Canal Landing Park improvements, received two $150,000 awards from the Central New York Regional Economic Development Council.

As part of the event, quad-amputee John Robinson and his family, joined by members of his disability rights advocacy organization, Our Ability, will pass through Fayetteville as part of “Journey the Erie Canal.”

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It sure would help those of us who want to do a one-way bike trip on the Erie Canalway Trail! Click here to read Amtrak Bicycle Baggage Cars Could Boost Tourism.

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source: WaynePost

The New York State Canal Corporation said the construction of a one-half mile segment of the Erie Canalway Trail between Abbey Park and Erie Canal Lock 27 in Lyons will resume this week. The trail will create a 120-mile trail route from Lyons to Buffalo by linking to a trail segment currently under construction in Arcadia.

Take Your Bike - Rochester

Take Your Bike – Rochester

Work to be performed includes the construction of a 10-foot wide asphalt trail and retaining wall, along with railing and sign placement.  The public is asked to refrain from using portions of the trail marked closed for construction.  The project is scheduled to be completed in June 2013.

The Lyons Erie Canalway Trail project is funded by the Canal Corporation. The new section of trail is being constructed in partnership with Wayne County and the Village of Lyons, and will help boost tourism and recreation along the canal corridor.

The Lyons Erie Canalway Trail segment is part of the statewide, multi-use, Erie Canalway Trail linking the Hudson River and Lake Erie. More than three-quarters of the 365-mile Erie Canalway Trail from Buffalo to Albany is now complete. For more information, please visit www.ptny.org/canalway.

Take Your Bike - Finger Lakes

Take Your Bike – Finger Lakes

For more information about vacation opportunities and events along the New York State Canal System, please call 1-800-4CANAL4 or visit www.canals.ny.gov. For information about boating safety and marine recreation in New York State, visit www.nysparks.com  or call 518-474-0445.

Many sections of the Erie Canalway Trail (and other trails) are covered in the Take Your Bike guidebooks.

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Parks & Trails New York (PTNY) and the Canalway Trails Association New York (CTANY) have released their third annual report, Closing the Gaps: A Progress Report on the Erie Canalway Trail 2012.   PTNY and CTANY note that 2012 was a year of many accomplishments in efforts to close the remaining 84 miles of gaps in the 361-mile trail that extends from Buffalo to Albany:

-Seven miles of trail are under construction – six miles between Newark and Lyons and one mile in the City of Little Falls – with completion slated for 2013.

-The eight-mile Amherst to Lockport project will go out to bid in 2013, closing one of the six key gaps in the Erie Canalway Trail system.  When combined with the work underway between Newark and Lyons in Wayne County, the project will create more than 134 continuous miles of trail between the City of Buffalo in Erie County and the Village of Lyons in Wayne County.

-The Syracuse Metropolitan Transportation Council has begun to define a short- and long-term route for the trail through the City of Syracuse with the first priority being the creation of a temporary on-road, signed route that would accommodate pedestrians and touring cyclists.

-Members of Governor Cuomo’s Cabinet and Executive Staff as “Team New York” cycled the Erie Canalway Trail from Buffalo to Albany as part of PTNY’s 14th annual eight-day Cycling the Erie Canal event to better understand the trail’s potential for economic development.

Since PTNY and CTANY launched their “Closing the Gaps Campaign” in 2010 in conjunction with U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, interest in completing the Erie Canalway Trail among citizens, community leaders, and local, state and federal government officials has reached an all-time high.

“We are encouraged by the accomplishments in 2012 and the trail construction work scheduled to begin in 2013.  Especially inspiring is the heightened awareness among community leaders of the tourism and economic benefits derived from the Erie Canalway Trail. However, reduced federal funding from MAP-21 and continuing economic stresses on localities increase the challenges of Closing the Gaps,” said Nelson Ronsvalle, CTANY president.

Focus for 2013
Additional progress in closing the gaps will result from the efforts of Canalway Trail communities and at all levels of government, including the Regional Economic Development Councils and the Canal Corporation, working together to address specific needs and challenges in discrete trail segments.  CTANY and PTNY will continue to support and promote those efforts and emphasize the importance of the Canalway Trail to tourism, local economies, and the health and the quality of life of Canalway Trail-community residents.

“The Erie Canalway Trail is without parallel in scenery, history, and charm but it can’t reach its full potential of being an international tourism draw until it is complete,” said PTNY Executive Director Robin Dropkin.  “Because funding is in some cases the only impediment to closing a gap, we urge NYSDOT to quickly make the remaining Transportation Enhancements funds and newly allocated Transportation Alternatives funds available to communities to support projects that will further efforts to “Close the Gaps.”

Canal Corporation Director, Brian U. Stratton said, “Governor Cuomo recognizes the strategic importance of the Erie Canal and Erie Canalway Trail as economic engines for upstate New York.  Through efforts such as the “Cycling the Erie Canal/ Team New York” ride last year and the more than 15 miles of Erie Canalway Trail being constructed by the Canal Corporation in 2013 in Erie, Niagara, Wayne, Oneida and Herkimer Counties, the Governor’s administration is demonstrating its commitment to achieving the full potential of this important resource.”

Closing the Gaps: A Progress Report on the Erie Canalway Trail 2012 is available on the Parks & Trails New York website, www.ptny.org.

Parks & Trails New York is the state’s leading advocate for parks and trails, working since 1985 to expand, protect and promote a network of parks, trails and open spaces throughout the state for use and enjoyment by all.  For more than 14 years PTNY has worked with the New York State Canal Corporation, CTANY, and Canalway Trail communities to foster development of the trail and oversee the Adopt-a-Trail Program.  PTNY promotes the trail through its annual 400-mile Cycling the Erie Canal bike tour, Bicyclists Bring Business community roundtables and Canal Clean Sweep events and its publications, Cycling the Erie Canal: A guide to 400 miles of adventure and history along the Erie Canalway Trail and Bicyclists Bring Business:  A Guide for Attracting Bicyclists to New York’s Canal Communities. For more information, visit www.ptny.org or call 518-434-1583.

The Canalway Trails Association New York is an all-volunteer organization that works both statewide and locally with citizens, state agencies and municipalities to develop the Erie Canalway Trail as a world-class multi-use recreational trail and international bicycle tourism destination. In partnership with the NYS Canal Corporation, PTNY and others, it encourages the proper maintenance of the trail by coordinating the Adopt-a-Trail Program.

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