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New developments for Empire State Trail

Posted 6/6/22

By visiting empiretrail.ny.gov, users can find information about trail routes, parking and nearby attractions...

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New developments for Empire State Trail

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A new “Trip Planning” feature is now available online for the Empire State Trail.

By visiting empiretrail.ny.gov, users can find information about trail routes, parking, nearby attractions, and a variety of overnight accommodations available along or near the Empire State Trail route, including hotels, inns, bed and breakfasts, resorts, and campgrounds.

"The Empire State Trail is a wonderful pathway through our state's scenic beauty and extraordinary history. Whether you want to plan a day-trip or an epic long-distance adventure, there are a wealth of places to see and enjoy along the way," State Parks Commissioner Erik Kulleseid said. "The updated website is a great tool for visitors to plan the ideal trip, and will help bolster New York’s regional tourism strategies."

In addition to providing a wide range of lodging options within five miles of the trail, the new trip planning features include downloadable GPS routes and other resources such as access to maps and guidebooks.

According to the state office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation, the Empire State Trail is the longest statewide multi-use trail in the country spanning 750 miles from Buffalo to Albany, and from New York City through the Hudson and Champlain Valleys to Canada. Officially opened in December 2020, the Empire State Trail welcomes bicyclists and walkers of all ages and abilities to experience the Empire State’s urban centers, village main streets, rural communities, diverse history, and natural resources. The Empire State Trail runs through more than two dozen counties and hundreds of communities. Official report the Empire State Trail is traveled by more than 8 million users each year.

State Parks has also announced that several projects to rehabilitate key trail segments in the Mohawk Valley and Capital Region will be complete later in June.

Project details:

-A $710,000 rehabilitation of a 3-mile trail section from Alexander Street in the City of Cohoes, running northwest to Route 9 in the Town of Colonie. State Parks installed a new asphalt surface on the 20-year-old trail, and upgraded safety fencing, signage, and road crossings. This segment is part of the Erie Canalway Trail, and is also designated the Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike Trail.

-A $1.2 million project to rehabilitate a 2.5-mile section of the trail from Flint Avenue in the City of Little Falls east to Herkimer Home State Historic Site, in Herkimer County. The project removed the trail's 20-year-old asphalt and stone-dust surface, widened the original 5-foot-wide trail to a more standard 10-foot width, installed new fully accessible connections, installed drainage improvements to prevent erosion, and made safety improvements — including new fencing and signage. The trail segment is also part of the Erie Canalway Trail.

-A $275,000 project to resurface a 5-mile section of the Erie Canalway Trail, from Herkimer Home State Historic Site east to the Montgomery County line at Mindenville. The project replaced the trail's loose gravel surface with a stone dust surface suitable for bicycling.

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