Lock21_JM2014

Erie Canalway Trail

Erie Canal Lock 21 to Rome
  • 9 miles
  • 3 to 4 hours, 30 minutes
  • 35 to 60 minutes
  • Dog-friendly
  • Paved

Trail Overview

This 9-mile Empire State Trail section is an off-road trail welcoming bicyclists and walkers of all abilities. The segment starts at Lock E-19 on the active Erie Canal, where public parking is available. Named Old Erie Canal State Historic Park, the route runs east on a paved trail for 2 miles, providing views of boats and canal structures. The trail then switches to a stonedust surface, heading east toward Rome on the towpath of the 19th century canal. This section features long, continuous stretches of trail through deep woods. As the route enters Rome, the final 1.5 miles are designated on city streets, following West Dominick St to Fort Stanwix in downtown Rome. Visitor services are available in the City of Rome (there are no services along the 9-mile section running east from Lock E-21).

Cycling Directions

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

EC19-EC20_West-East Download EC20-EC19_East-West Download
Upcoming Trail Weather
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Wind: 12 mph W
Humidity: 90%
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Trail Elevation


Camping

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Hotels/Motels & Resorts

Rome Motel, The

Located in a quiet, pleasant country surrounding, just North of Rome, minutes from Griffis Technology Park, Lake Delta, Ski areas, Erie Canal Village, Fort Stanwix and downtown.