Erie Canalway Trail

Chittenango to Erie Canal Lock 21
  • 20 miles
  • 7 to 10 hours
  • 1 hour, 30 minutes to 2 hours
  • Dog-friendly
  • Paved

Trail Overview

This 20-mile Empire State Trail section is an off-road trail welcoming bicyclists and walkers of all abilities. The segment starts at a trailhead parking area on Lakeport Rd, next to the Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum. The trail heads east on the towpath of the original 19th century canal, named Old Erie Canal State Historic Park. The trail features long, uninterrupted trail stretches, passing by woodlands, wetlands and stream crossings. New stonedust surfacing was installed on the off-raod segments in 2018 and 2022 east of Chittenango to Lock 21 . The segment ends at Lock E-21 on the Erie Canal, where public parking is available. Visitor services are available in Chittenango and Canastota (there are no services along the 14-mile section running east of Canastota to Lock E-21).

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: 8 mph WSW
Humidity: 62%
Feels like: 87°F
Trail Elevation

Family Fun


Art & Culture


Sports & Gaming

B&B & Country Inns & Farm Stays

Bird Brook Bed and Breakfast

Bird Brook Bed & Breakfast is located in the quaint Village of Chittenango (Just 6 miles from the NYS Thruway) birthplace of L. Frank Baum and the home of the beautiful Chittenango Falls. This circa 1830”s home is conveniently located 15 minutes from Syracuse and going east 15 minutes to the Turning Stone Resort & Casino. The newly decorated rooms are very spacious some offering private baths and one downstairs with a private entrance. A full American breakfast is served on weekends. Wireless internet is included with your rate. You can sit back and relax on the back porch, enjoy the babbling brook and watch the many species of birds. In the winter enjoy a relaxing evening in front of the beautiful stone fireplace in the parlor. Many outdoor activities await you just minutes away at Green Lakes State Park and The Erie Canal. Enjoy a round of golf, hike, and bike, cross country ski or snow mobile on the many trails.

Hotels/Motels & Resorts

Days Inn Canastota

Conveniently located off I-90 between Albany and Buffalo, Days Inn Canastota offers excellent value. Our 100% non-smoking hotel is near the International Boxing Hall of Fame. Morrisville State College, Cazenovia College, Colgate University, LeMoyne College, and Syracuse University are all within 30 miles from us.

Fairfield Inn & Suites Verona

Renovated in 2017, the 93-room Fairfield Inn & Suites Verona is an ideal location (located just off the NYS Thruway at exit 33) and directly across the street from Turning Stone Casino. Located within a 30-mile radius of Syracuse, Utica, and the Adirondack Mountains; and within a short drive to Colgate University, Hamilton College, Utica College, SUNY Morrisville & SUNY IT, Cazenovia College and Mohawk Community College, Griffiss Business and Technology Park and the soon-to-be "Nano Utica," the state's second major hub of nanotechnology research and development. Amenities include a smoke-free environment, a complimentary hot deluxe rotational continental breakfast, complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the entire hotel, complimentary shuttle service to Turning Stone Casino, a small indoor pool, 24-hr fitness and business centers, and Marriott Rewards program. Registered guests must be 21 years or older to stay. In addition, the Recovery Sports Grill and Dunkin Donuts are located adjacent to our hotel offering additional food and beverage options within walking distance. Complimentary parking and easy access available for both individual travelers and motorcoaches alike. Proud recipients of Marriott Internationals’ Overall Guest Satisfaction Awards (2012 Gold Award, 2010 & 2011 Silver Award) and Trip Advisor’s Certificate of Excellence Award (2010-2014).

Inn at Turning Stone

Limited service hotel with all air-conditioned rooms, non-smoking available. Complimentary continental breakfast and shuttle service to the casino. Senior Citizen's discount and Group Rates offered.

La Quinta Inn & Suites

The brand new luxurious La Quinta Inn & Suites Verona located off the NYS Thruway I-90 Exit 33 and directly across from the award-winning Turning Stone Casino and offers complimentary casino shuttle service daily until 11 pm. Hotel amenities include a sparkling indoor heated pool with relaxing jetted hot tub; workout room with treadmill and elliptical machines, complimentary use of the full business center with color printer, guest laundry facility, luggage storage, multi-lingual staff,and meeting facilities are available.

Turning Stone Resort Casino

Recognized as the Best Overall Gaming Resort in NYS by Casino Player Magazine, a premiere four-season destination resort that offers something for everyone: Vegas style gaming, remarkable lodging options, superb dining choices, nightlife, live entertainment and nonstop fun and excitement. 268 rooms, including 28 suites (some with whirlpool bath.) One of the largest first class hotels in Central New York. Indoor pool, and interior access to Ahsi Day Spa.

Choose among secluded luxury at the AAA Four Diamond and Forbes Travel Guide Four Star rated Lodge, AAA Four Diamond comfort with a view at The Tower, or opt for classic accommodations at The Hotel or The Inn. Nearby, The Villages RV Park.

Three championship 18-hole golf courses, all awarded Best Courses You Can Play in NY by Golfweek. Indoor sports options include tennis, racquetball courts and a Golf Dome with over 40 hitting stations, short game practice facility, and virtual reality golf simulator.

The casino features 2,000 slot machines and more than 80 table games. A spacious Poker Room, comfortable Keno lounge, and High Stakes Bingo.

Experience live performances every weekend at Exit 33's four nightlife venues. When it is time to relax, two full-service spas truly set this resort apart. Enjoy the world's best cuisines at 21 dining choices including the AAA Four Diamond and Forbes Travel Guide Four Star award winning Wildflowers Restaurant at The Lodge.

Cabin/Cottage & Vacation Rentals

Hidden Harbor

Hidden Harbor offers four newly constructed 400 square foot vacation units available for nightly or weekly rentals. Each unit is equipped with an efficiency kitchen, full bath, cable TV, gas grill, two full sized beds and baseboard heat for the winter months. A fish cleaning station is also available along with boat slips and fishing boat rentals.