This 12-mile Empire State Trail section follows the Champlain Canalway Trail, an off-road stonedust trail dedicated to walkers and bicyclists. Although the segment includes several sections on low-traffic local roads, the entire route is comfortable for hikers and casual bicyclists of all abilities. This section starts at the Fort Edward Village Recreation Park (at the intersection of McIntyre and Factory Streets), and follows Towpath Lane northeast for 1 mile, to the start of the off-road stonedust trail. The 12-mile route skips between the historic and modern Champlain Canals, passing by canal locks, woods, wetlands, farmlands, and scenic vistas. The section ends at the Fort Ann Village Park on Clay Hill Road. Designated parking areas are spaced along the route; however local services are available only in Fort Edward and Fort Ann.
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