Amherst Trail

Erie Canalway Trail

Tonawanda to Amherst
  • 11 miles
  • 4 to 6 hours
  • 1 to 1 hour, 30 minutes
  • Dog-friendly
  • Paved

Trail Overview

This 11-mile Empire State Trail section starts at Gateway Harbor Park in Tonawanda, and heads east along the Erie Canalway Trail. This scenic route follows the south side of the Erie Canal, providing water views of boats and wildlife. Most of the route is paved, off-road trail welcoming walkers and bicyclists of all abilities. However, there are four short on-road parts, totaling 3.5 miles, where trail users travel on the shoulders of roads, next to vehicle traffic. The eastern end of this section is at the Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village in Amherst, at the intersection of New Road and Tonawanda Creek Road. Services are available in Tonawanda, and parking is available at a number of canal-front parks along the route.

Cycling Directions

Cue sheets provide step by step navigation instructions for cycling the trail in both directions.

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Upcoming Trail Weather
Wind: 13 mph NW
Humidity: 52%
Feels like: 74°F
Trail Elevation

Family Fun

Art & Culture

Hotels/Motels & Resorts

Days Inn Tonawanda/Buffalo

The Days Inn is located just minutes away from University of Buffalo North and South Campuses. A daily complimentary continental breakfast is offered to guests in addition to complimentary parking and wireless high speed internet and big screen LED TV's.

Econo Lodge Tonawanda I-290

Conveniently located off Interstate 290, this hotel is just 15 minutes from Niagara Falls and downtown Buffalo. Guests of this hotel will enjoy a variety of amenities, such as a free continental breakfast and free coffee. This is a pet-friendly hotel; a deposit and small fee applies. Business travelers will appreciate conveniences like data port telephones. Competitive corporate rates are offered.

Extended Stay America

The Extended Stay America is designed especially for longer stays with studios featuring fully-equipped kitchens and plenty of work space... amenities you won't find in a typical hotel room. Kitchen with refrigerator, microwave, and stovetop. Convenient workspace. Free local phone calls and personalized voice mail. Dining and cooking utensils provided. Wireless Internet - one time fee of $4.99 per stay. Pet Friendly Rooms.

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Buffalo Amherst

Fairfield Inn & Suites has 107 rooms, and is in close proximity to University at Buffalo North Campus. The hotel features a modern, contemporary design and specialty lighting/signage unique to the Fairfield Inn & Suites brand. Within the hotel, the lobby has been designed to facilitate guest interaction and service. The Living Zone, Connect and Print area, and Corner Market are all conveniently located off the lobby to enhance guest experiences and increase comfort.

Holiday Inn Express and Suites Tonawanda - Buffalo

Welcoming travelers with comfortable accommodations and warm, friendly service. Whether you're visiting for a business trip or a vacation, this property is perfect for your lodging needs in the Buffalo area. Sleeping rooms feature mini refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker. Full breakfast buffet daily, free high-speed internet access, heated indoor pool, and a fitness center are just some of the amenities you'll enjoy.

Home2 Suites by Hilton Amherst Buffalo

Home2 Suites by Hilton Amherst, NY is a modern hotel centrally located to I-190 and I-90. Enjoy easy access to retail, dining and leisure opportunities, including several golf courses near this hotel.

Each morning, enjoy free breakfast at the Inspired Table™ offering a variety of hot and cold options. Feel at home in the flexible and spacious studios or one-bedroom suites. Stay connected with free WiFi, play music through the iHome dock and watch cable channels and DVDs on the 42-inch LCD TV. Cook in your full kitchen, with a dishwasher, microwave, refrigerator, crockery and silverware. Pack the dog bowl and leash, as your pet is welcome at our Home2 hotel.

Hold a successful event for up to 80 people in the 1064 sq. ft. meeting room, and stay connected in the complimentary 24-hour business center. Swim in the heated indoor pool, work out any time in the fitness room and after a busy day, unwind by the fire pit in the outdoor patio area. For your convenience, complimentary parking is available at our hotel.

Knights Inn

Knights Inn is located between Buffalo and Niagara Falls. Enjoy your stay in clean, comfortable and spacious rooms. Complimentary continental breakfast, free local calls, free cable TV with HBO and ESPN, microwave, refrigerator in all rooms, free hard wire and wireless high speed internet, coffee machine available.

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Buffalo Amherst

The La Quinta® by Wyndham Buffalo – Amherst, is conveniently located off of I-290 with easy access to I-190. The hotel is near the University of Buffalo, LECOM Harborcenter, and Walden Galleria Mall. If you're flying in or out of the area, Buffalo Niagara International Airport is just nine miles away. Plus, make the most of your stay with our thoughtful amenities including a pool, fitness center, free WiFi, and complimentary breakfast.

LaQuinta Inn & Suites Buffalo/Amherst

La Quinta Inn & Suites Buffalo – Amherst is conveniently positioned just off I-290 with easy access to I-190. Niagara Falls is 20 minutes away, and downtown Buffalo is an easy 13-mile drive from the hotel. During your stay, you'll enjoy convenient amenities like FREE WiFi, free parking, and an indoor saltwater pool. Wake up every morning to a FREE hot Bright Side Breakfast®, and enjoy the 100-percent nonsmoking environment. Your pets are welcome to join you for no additional charge.

Red Carpet Inn Tonawanda

Located Between Buffalo and Niagara Falls, this hotel is an ideal location for business and pleasure. They provide complimentary continental breakfast during the summer season, free local calls, free WiFi Internet access, free HBO, ESPN, free in-room refrigerator and microwave, coin operated laundry on premises.

Rodeway Inn & Suites

Conveniently located off of Interstate 290, the Rodeway Inn & Suites is just 12 miles away from the majestic Niagara Falls area. Downtown Buffalo and its many attractions are a short drive away from this Amherst, NY hotel. Guests of this hotel can enjoy features like free continental breakfast, free wireless high-speed internet access, free local calls, free coffee in the lobby; pet friendly hotel - fees apply. This hotel provides corporate travelers with additional conveniences including an on-site business center, computer with Internet access, and access to copy and fax services.

Sleep Inn

Sleep Inn® hotel in Amherst is committed to providing a clean, safe, and inviting environment to everyone who steps through the front door. Located two miles from the University at Buffalo, and between downtown Buffalo and Niagara Falls, they are also close to shopping and dining. Enjoy the indoor pool and whirlpool and a complimentary hot breakfast buffet.

Staybridge Suites Buffalo-Amherst

Beautiful and convenient, the Staybridge Suites Buffalo NY hotel is adjacent to the University at Buffalo -SUNY & UB's Center for the Arts. Resting on the eastern shore of Lake Erie, Amherst provides access to entertainment, attractions & business opportunities for the hotel's guests. The hotel's location is a great choice for business travelers or guest's relocating to Buffalo.