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Follow the Country's Longest
Multi-use Recreation Trail

The Empire Trail is Made for Hiking & Biking

Spanning 750-miles total and open year-round, the newly completed Empire State Trail  is now the country’s longest multi-use state trail, with 75 percent of of the massive network featuring off-road trails ideal for cyclists, hikers, runners, cross-country skiers and snow-shoers.
The trail is ideal for Everyone  from the most experienced long-distance cyclists to family groups with children, and can be entered at hundreds of locations. It runs from New York City through the Hudson and Champlain Valleys, across the State, and then to Canada - and connects 20 regional trails to create a continuous signed route. Travelers can visit charming towns, take in breathtaking scenery, and discover unmatched destinations, all while enjoying the Great Outdoors.

Check Out Breweries along the Way

Another unique feature this historical trail offers is a virtual passport program showcasing the 200 craft breweries  closely surrounding the Empire State Trail, encouraging New Yorkers and guests to visit breweries within 10 miles of the trail.

The 400-mile Erie Canal Trail  is a major part of the Empire State Trail, which travels from Albany to Buffalo along the Erie Canal, one of the world’s most famous man-made waterways. The Hudson Valley Greenway Trail and Champlain Valley Trail are also part of this monumental trailway.


Start your Adventure by Visiting the Empire State Trail website @  https://www.empiretrail.ny.gov 

It provides “quick and easy access to trail information including segment descriptions, access points, trail distances, parking areas, restrooms, and nearby amenities and attractions. The website's responsive and user-friendly design allows users to access interactive maps from mobile devices, zoom in to specific location of interest, and download/print maps of trail segments.

Cyclists can print "cue sheets" with highly detailed directions for following a selected trail segment. The site also features information about the variety of activities and destinations on or near the trail such as campgrounds, parks, historic sites, and popular stops among the local communities.”

Oswego County Tourism
Canal Corporation of NY State