Erie Canal Bicyclist &
Hiker Tour Guide
c. Harvey Botzman, 1994
Lockport's Triple Locks
Bicyclist & Hiker Tour Guide, 2nd Ed., (2010 rev.)
is now available! Yipee!
Remember the song you learned in
Fifteen miles on the Erie Canal, low bridge
Cyclotour along the famous Erie Canal tow path, now called the Erie
Duck!, as you ride under roadway bridges high above your helmet. Walk
on the original hand hewn stone locks. Take a barge trip on the working Erie Canal or just
bicycle along side this historic waterway on the National Park Service's Erie Canal
National Heritage Corridor Recreationway.
This is a 625 mi. (1005 km.) romp on the tow paths and parallel rural
roads of the Erie, Lake Champlain, Seneca/Cayuga, and Oswego Canals in NYS; the Chambly
Canal in Québec. Now in the 2nd Edition are the lower Hudson River Valley routes from the
Albany (Waterford) intersection of the Erie & Champlain Canals to New York City. From
Niagara Falls, NY to Montréal, QC or to New York City, NY! Or from New York City,
NY to Niagara Falls, NY or to Montréal, QC! Any way you cyclotour it is a scenic,
historic and wonderful trip. All these canals are still working canals not passive
This edition includes the lower Hudson River Valley bicycle routes from Albany to New York City's airports. Romp on either side
of the Hudson River past the U. S. Military Academy at West Point; visit the Franklin D.
and Eleanor Roosevelt homes in Hyde Park; the Vanderbilt, Mills and other mansions of the
17th, 18th and 19th centuries. Similarly it includes the route along the Champlain Canal
and both sides of Lake Champlain to the Québec border and on to Montréal via the Chambly
Side Trips: 80 mi. (130 km.) Top O the Finger Lakes following the
Seneca-Cayuga Canal; 70 mi. (110 km.) round trip to Lake Ontario via the Oswego Canal; and
156 mi. (251 km.) Vermont side of Lake Champlain. The New York side of Lake Champlain is
included in the main route to Montréal.
The Erie Canalway Trail can be traversed on road bikes, mt. bikes,
tandems, recumbents. Heck, any bike.
Much of the Tow Path/NPS Recreationway is surfaced with smooth stone
dust. It is a level route on the tow path.
Have no fear cyclists! This Guide is complete. The
described route provides road cyclotourists with lightly trafficked parallel rural roads
to glide upon when the tow path has a dirt or rough gravel surface; or does not exist.
You'll easily return to the tow path when it has a paved or stone dust surface.
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Links to NYS Canal System/Hudson River/Lake Champlain Web Sites related
to our Erie Canal Bicyclist & Hiker Tour Guide
Go to these tourism web sites for great information
Don't forget to tell them,
Cyclotour Guide Books referred you to their web site!
Hudson River Valley
National Heritage Area: http://www.hudsonrivervalley.com
New York State Canal
New York Canal dot com: http://www.nycanal.com/recreation/nycanalrec.html
NYC biking info.:
Transportation Alternatives: http://www.transalt.org/info/bikeclubs.html
Palmyra, NY: http://www.palmyrany.com/pal_tourism.htm
Info Rochester: http://inforochester.com/bike.htm
@Rochester, NY: http://roch.com/recreation/cyclotour-guide-books-936.html
Seneca County: http://www.fingerlakescentral.com/Pages/Links.cfm#SE_FirstHeading
State (NY) Council on
B&B, 310 High St., Newark NY, 315 331-6045, www.VintageGardensBedandBreakfast.com
New Yorker Hotel: http://www.nyhotel.com
Brock Univ., Summer
Accommodations, www.brocku.ca/sportsres, 905
688-5550 press 1, x 5303 [St. Catharines ON is between Niagara Falls & the Welland
Sample Map from Erie Canal Bicyclist & Hiker Tour Guide, 1st
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