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Erie Canalway Trail

Rome to Utica
  • 16 miles
  • 5 to 8 hours
  • 1 hour, 30 minutes to 2 hours
  • Dog-friendly
  • Paved

Trail Overview

This 16-mile Empire State Trail section is an off-road trail welcoming bicyclists and walkers of all abilities. The segment starts at Fort Stanwix in downtown Rome, following James St southwest for ¾-mile, to where the off-road trail starts next to the Erie Canal. This segment has varied trail types, ranging from paved trail, to an older stonedust surface. Along the 16 miles, there are three short segments, each roughly ½-mile long, where the trail is designated on the shoulders of public roads. The scenic trail runs passes by Erie Canal locks and gates, wooded sections, and small communities. The segment ends at a trailhead parking area off North Genesee St on the north side of Utica. Visitor services are available in Rome, Oriskany, and Utica (there are no services between the cities).

Cycling Directions

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

EC20-EC21_West-East Download EC21-EC20_East-West Download
Upcoming Trail Weather
Wind: 3 mph E
Humidity: 56%
Feels like: 85°F
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Hotels/Motels & Resorts

Burrstone Inn

Enjoy your stay at the Burrstone Inn, Choice Ascend Hotel Collection. The hotel is located in a prime location in New Hartford, NY. The Burrstone Inn is immersed in local culture and surrounded by many delicious restaurants, exciting attractions and bustling nightlife. Experience a tour of the Saranac Matt Brewery, see a Utica Comets hockey game at Adirondack Bank Center or just take it easy and relax by the outdoor pool located safely in the center of the building. The location is only five minutes from downtown Utica, and just minutes away from Utica College and Saint Luke’s Medical Campus. The in-house restaurant has an inviting atmosphere and a full bar. Find delicious local favorites, savory specials of the night, and delectable desserts. The hotel has many other amenities including a fitness center, business center, free high-speed wifi, free parking, and a complimentary continental breakfast. The Burrstone Inn is a smoke-free and pet-friendly building. Request a tour of the four beautiful banquet rooms that are ready to be set up and decorated for any special occasion. At the Burrstone Inn, they strive to make each guest experience a memorable one. They pride themselves on excellent hospitality and cleanliness. The staff promises to greet you with a smile and do all they can to make your stay easy and comfortable.

Hotel Utica an Ascend Hotel Collection Member

Historic hotel with elegantly appointed rooms furnished in 18th century charm. Conveniently located in downtown Utica. Suites and whirlpool rooms available. Complimentary deluxe continental breakfast bar, free WiFi, fitness room.

Built in 1912, located in the heart of the city's historic area, minutes from the I90. Offers 112 guest rooms including 7 suites with Jacuzzi tubs and 8 private meeting and banquet spaces. Complimentary hot breakfast buffet. Available for corporate meetings, group tours and wedding receptions. The Lamplighter Pub & Grill serves dinner nightly. Room service, wireless internet, spa room and fitness room.

New Hartford Hotel

Located near Routes 5, 8, and 12 in New Hartford's commercial district, Utica Business Park, and Utica College. Air-conditioned/non-smoking rooms, swimming pool (outdoor), restaurant, conference rooms, senior citizen discount/rates, full service athletic club.

Red Carpet Inn

Minutes from Griffiss AFB, Erie Canal Village, & Ft. Stanwix National Monument. Near Turning Stone Casino and Vernon Downs Harness Racing. This Rome, NY hotel offers free Continental breakfast and premium movie channels. Truck & RV parking available.

Relax Inn

Blue building, two-story; outside door access. Centrally located in downtown Rome. Walking access to shopping, dining, and attractions. Being renovated by new owners; will have a total of 56 rooms. Pet friendly. The Relax Inn is located close to Interstate 90, providing easy access to many local attractions and businesses central New York has to offer. It is across the street from the Fort Stanwix National Monument and just minutes from Turning Stone Casino, Utica Rome Speedway, and Vernon Downs racetrack.

Valley Brook Motel

A lovely motel with air conditioned/non smoking rooms, kitchenettes available, tv in room.