Erie Canalway Trail

Rochester to Fairport
  • 14 miles
  • 5 to 7 hours
  • 1 to 1 hour, 30 minutes
  • Dog-friendly

Trail Overview

This 14-mile Empire State Trail section is an off-road trail welcoming bicyclists and walkers of all abilities. The trail heads east from Genesee Valley Park in south Rochester, following the Erie Canalway Trail through Pittsford to Fairport. Most of this section is a paved asphalt trail, although there is a 5-mile stonedust section (stonedust is finely-ground, compacted limestone). This scenic path is on the north side of the Erie Canal, passing by woodlands, stream crossings, and water views of boats and canal infrastructure. There are a number of municipal parks and trail access points along the route. Services are available in south Rochester and the picturesque Villages of Pittsford and Fairport.

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: 12 mph WNW
Humidity: 57%
Feels like: 74°F
Trail Elevation

Family Fun


Art & Culture

B&B & Country Inns & Farm Stays

A B & B at The Edward Harris House Inn

Circa 1896 restored Georgian mansion in the heart of the East/Park Avenue area of the Arts/Cultural Walk to shops, dining, museums and parks. 15 minutes from Airport.

The Inn on Church

Located in the historic Newman-Dean House, visitors are provided modern and comfortable lodging in the heart of Fairport. The first-floor dining room, front parlor, and sitting room are available for events. The four guest rooms each have a private bath, wifi (secured) access, and smart TV. Walk to Canal and shops.

Hotels/Motels & Resorts

Comfort Suites of Rochester/Henrietta

Just a short drive from the Greater Rochester International Airport, the smoke-free Comfort Suites® hotel is close to a number of local points of interest, such as:
•Rochester Institute of Technology
•Custom BrewCrafters Inc.
•George Eastman House photography museum
•Strong National Museum of Play

Our features include:
•Free wireless high-speed Internet access
•Free weekday newspaper
•Guest laundry facilities
•Indoor heated pool

Your Morning Breakfast is full of hot and delicious options, making breakfast at the Comfort Suites Rochester, NY the perfect way to start your day. Enjoy our free hot breakfast featuring eggs, meat, yogurt, fresh fruit, cereal and more, including your choice of hot waffle flavors! If you're leaving early, a Your Suite Success™ Grab It & Go bag is available for the two hours prior to breakfast.

Guest rooms are equipped with premium bedding, refrigerators and microwaves, coffee makers, hair dryers, irons and ironing boards. Keep your electronic devices charged with the recharge device including AC and USB outlets provided in all guest rooms.

Del Monte Lodge- A Renaissance Hotel & Spa, The

Located in the upscale small town of Pittsford, right on the Erie Canal Heritage Trail, The Del Monte Lodge Renaissance Rochester Hotel & Spa offers stylish comfort near celebrated attractions. Embrace luxury accommodation in beautifully appointed rooms and suites with flat-panel TVs, refined design elements and pillowtop beds. Delight your senses with delectable pasta, seafood, steaks and creative cocktails at Erie Grill, our distinctive on-site restaurant led by acclaimed chef John Freezee. Enjoy a coveted location near east Rochester within minutes of golf courses, the Finger Lakes district and Greater Rochester International Airport, accessible via a free shuttle. Host memorable meetings, weddings and social affairs in inspiring event space, enhanced by expert planners and custom catering. Punctuate a full day of business or exploration with a restorative massage, beauty or wellness treatment at our spa. Experience elevated hospitality at The Del Monte Lodge Renaissance Rochester Hotel & Spa.

Woodcliff Hotel and Spa

For over three decades, guests have enjoyed unrivaled views of the Bristol Hills and Rochester skyline from Woodcliff Hotel & Spa. The iconic 236-guestroom hotel is situated atop the highest point in Monroe County. With an array of activities to experience, Woodcliff Hotel & Spa is the perfect getaway for couples, families, and business travelers alike. Over 14,000 square-feet of event space, including a stunning event center fit for groups up to 500, makes Woodcliff Rochester's premier event venue.

While here, enjoy dinner at the award-winning Horizons restaurant, find serenity at the Spa at Woodcliff, or book a tee time at the Links for a relaxing round of golf. There's so much to discover at Woodcliff Hotel & Spa!