Erie Canalway Trail

Palmyra to Newark
  • 9 miles
  • 3 to 5 hours
  • 1 hour
  • Dog-friendly

Trail Overview

This 9-mile Empire State Trail section is an off-road trail welcoming bicyclists and walkers of all abilities. The trail heads east from Palmyra, following the Erie Canalway Trail on the north side of the canal. The trail has a stonedust surface (stonedust is finely-ground, compacted limestone that provides a flat and stable trail surface). This scenic path travels through woodlands and past large wetlands, including the “wide waters” section of the Erie Canal, providing views of boats, canal infrastructure, and wildlife. Parking and trail access is available at several local parks and road crossings. Public services are available in Palmyra and Newark (there are no services in the 9-mile trail stretch between the two villages).

Cycling Directions

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

EC11-EC12_West-East Download EC12-EC11_East-West Download
Upcoming Trail Weather
Wind: 4 mph NNE
Humidity: 59%
Feels like: 75°F
Trail Elevation


B&B & Country Inns & Farm Stays

Liberty House Bed & Breakfast

Welcome to Liberty House Bed & Breakfast, your home away from home in historic Palmyra, New York. Your hosts Irene & William Unterborn opened Liberty House to guests in 1998. The home is a splendid example of Victorian Italianate architecture. Liberty House provides comfortable accommodations in three beautifully appointed guest rooms, spacious double parlor, and wrap-around veranda.

The Thomas Galloway House B & B at Paragon Farm

Opened in 1997, this B&B is a light-filled home on a peaceful working sheep farm which offers visitors an insight into the rural agricultural past. Home was built in 1855 and is largely original. Guests notice how quiet it is and how bright the stars are at night. Close to LDS sites, Hill Cumorah, Erie Canal, Fingerlakes, CMAC, wine trails and Lake Ontario and just over an hour to Niagara Falls. You’ll love the quiet and private setting, coziness, views, location and the architecture of the home. Good for couples, business travelers, and families (10+/-) . A complimentary breakfast is planned for you : please book the number of guests when reserving. The 8% tax is ALSO INCLUDED in the price. FREE Wi-Fi and NETFLIX.

Vintage Gardens Bed and Breakfast

Steeped in unique history, Vintage Gardens Bed & Breakfast is gracefully poised on more than 2.5 secluded acres of formal gardens and woodlands. Formerly the ‘Jackson & Perkins Rose Company Estate’, this historic Tudor built in 1844 and tastefully furnished with antiques is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. You will be embraced by its charm. Located in the village of Newark, the lodging is only two blocks from the Erie Canal and a convenient drive to Rochester and Syracuse. The location is just minutes from the Finger Lakes wine trails, local ski resorts, apple farms, outlet shopping, Lake Ontario, the birthplace of the Mormon religion, and many more attractions.

Hotels/Motels & Resorts

Best Western Palmyra Inn & Suites

Best Western Palmyra Inn & Suites is the perfect getaway located near the historically rich and beautiful sites of upstate New York. Featuring 60 guest rooms, an indoor Jacuzzi, complimentary continental breakfast, fitness center, free Wi-Fi, and two-bedroom suites. Located in the Finger Lakes region, near the Erie Canal and Hill Cumorah.

The Newark Garden Hotel

Newark Garden Hotel is your complete home away from home, and conveniently located within minutes of all the finest, exciting attractions in Newark. Located on the banks of the historic Erie Canal, Newark Garden Hotel features a newly renovated lodging experience. Upon entering you will find all new, revamped bedrooms, décor and amenities. Amenities include complimentary breakfast available daily, an indoor pool, WiFi, 24/7 front desk, banquet space accommodating up to 300 people, a business center, Jacuzzi suites, a full bar, free parking, a gym/weight room, running trails, and Truck/RV parking. Newark Garden Hotel is in close proximity to world famous attractions and sightseeing.