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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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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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By Paula Thompson, Yahoo! Contributor Network, link to original post

In my hometown of Amherst, N.Y.—a suburb of Buffalo—there are a number of town-maintained bike trails, totaling nearly 23 miles of walking, biking, and exercise paths. Four of these paths take walkers and bikers through some of the scenic areas of Amherst—nature trails, creekside paths, and canal trailways that give those in need of exercise a dose of inspiration along the way.

It is recommended that anyone using the paths walk in pairs or groups, and all paths are closed from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.

The Ellicott Creek Trailway
Parking and restrooms are available on North Forest Rd. near Maple Rd. in Williamsville for this 7.2-mile bike path, the longest town-maintained trail in the Town of Amherst. The main trail runs from North Forest Rd. to Niagara Falls Blvd., following Ellicott Creek along the way; this main path totals 5.1 miles.

There is also a smaller loop at the beginning of the path totaling just over 3 miles for those who are looking for a little less exercise.

Walton Woods Path
Walton Woods is a beautiful wooded nature trail in the middle of Amherst, with parking and access at the Amherst Senior Center/Library complex on John James Audubon Parkway. The Walton Woods Path is just over 4.5 miles in length, and also features dirt trails throughout in addition to the maintained asphalt path. The surrounding woods are full of old trees, trilliums, jack-in-the-pulpits, ferns, and other natural beauty.

The Amherst Canalway Trail
This trail runs from Sweet Home Rd. to New Rd. along Tonawanda Creek in North Amherst. The 5.7-mile trail has parking at Amherst Veterans Canal Park and Boat Launch (about 8/10 of a mile from Sweet Home Rd. on Brenon Rd.), where you can also find restrooms.

The Canalway Trail runs along the historic New York State Canal System, which totals 525 miles and includes the Erie Canal, the Oswego Canal, the Cayuga-Seneca Canal, and the Champlain Canal.

The Hopkins Road Boardwalk and Trail
Running along Hopkins Rd. from Klein Rd. to the Town of Amherst Right-of-Way just north of Cimarand Dr., the 1.3-mile Boardwalk and Trail borders the Great Baehre Swamp, a state wetland of 270 acres characterized by Silver Maple-Ash. It features a loop that runs through Margaret Louise Park on Hopkins Rd., which also has parking and restrooms. The loop and the boardwalk provide visitors with areas to view the birds and other animals present in the park.

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tyb-fl-cover1“Take Your Bike – Family Rides in the Finger Lakes & Genesee Valley Region” is now on sale for only $12.00 on-line only at www.footprintpress.com.

Use it to enjoy biking on rail-trails, former canal towpaths, dirt biking trails and former roads – all safe places to take your family for a bike ride. It’s also useful as a source of trails for running.

Trails included are:

Rides in Orleans, Genesee, & Wyoming Counties
1. Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge and Tonawanda Wildlife Management Area
2. Oak Orchard Wildlife Management Area
3. Genesee County Park – Outer Loop
4. Genesee County Park & Forest – Inner Loop
5. Groveland Secondary
6. Silver Lake Outlet
7. Letchworth State Park – Trout Pond Loop
Rides in Livingston & Monroe Counties
8. Letchworth State Park – Big Bend Loop
9. Genesee Valley Greenway – Portageville to Nunda
10. Genesee Valley Greenway – Cuylerville to Avon
11. Rattlesnake Hill – Bike Loop
12. Rattlesnake Hill – Linear Bike Trail
13. Genesee Valley Greenway – Scottsville
14. Mendon – Lehigh Valley Trail
Rides in Ontario County
15. Victor – Lehigh Valley Trail
16. Auburn Trail
17. Ontario Pathways Trail
18. Canadice Lake Trail
19. Harriet Hollister Spencer Memorial State Recreation Area – Sidewinder Trail
20. Lakeshore Park/Seneca Lake State Park
Rides in Yates, Wayne, & Seneca Counties
21. Middlesex Valley Rail Trail
22. Keuka Lake Outlet Trail
23. Canal Park Trailway
24. Sampson State Park – Lake Trail
Rides in Schuyler & Tompkins Counties
25. Finger Lakes National Forest
26. Sugar Hill State Reforestation Area
27. Queen Catharine Marsh
28. Connecticut Hill Wildlife Management Area
29. South Hill Recreation Way
30. East Ithaca Recreation Way
31. Dryden Lake Park Trail
Rides in Cayuga & Onondaga Counties
32. Bear Swamp State Forest – Short Loop
33. Bear Swamp State Forest – Long Loop
34. Auburn-Flemming Trail
35. Casey Park
36. Howland Island
37. Cayuga County Erie Canal Trail (Port Byron to Jordan)
38. Erie Canalway Trail (Jordan-Camillus)
39. Erie Canal Park
40. Charlie Major Nature Trail

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I love to hear about new railtrails. Here’s one that runs between Lockport and North Tonawanda, through the Town of Pendleton. The current section from Mapleton Rd. to Lockport Rd will be closed for construction of the pedestrian/bicycle path and trail-heads, beginning Monday, September 29th, 2008. They anticipate re-opening the trail in late October.
The Town of Pendleton has also approved extension of the trail from Meyer Road to Townline Road.

The trail follows the former Conrail/Erie Lackawanna railroad corridor and will eventually provide an important linkage to the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor and the Niagara River Greenway.

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Pete Peterson biked the new section of Erie Canalway Trail from Palmyra to Newark and wrote this wonderful article on it (complete with pictures) for the Ontario Pathways newsletter. He has graciously agreed to let us share it with you. You may have to click twice (waiting between each click) to load this pdf file:
Erie Canalway Trail – Palmyra to Newark

Of course, maps and descriptions for the Erie Canalway Trail from Lockport to Palmyra can be found in Take You Bike – Family Rides in the Rochester Area. And, Take Your Bike – Family Rides in New York’s Finger Lakes Region covers the Erie Canalway Trail segments in Palmyra and Newark (but not the new connection), as well as the Port Byron to Camillus segment. Both guidebooks cover the Ontario Pathways Trail.

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