Trail under construction with signs reading "trail closed"

Trail Closures

Temporary Closures - Empire State Trail

From time to time, short sections of rail trails and canalway trails are temporarily closed – typically for 4 to 8 weeks or longer – due to construction activities on the trail corridor. Trail closures may be needed during rehabilitation of old deteriorated trail sections, or due to repair of bridges, culverts, or utilities that cross the trail.

Trail users will need to utilize alternate on-road routes to detour around temporary trail closures.

The following Empire State Trail segments currently are closed:

Hudson Valley Section (New York City to Albany)

  • Northern Manhattan:  The Manhattan Waterfront Greenway section of the trail is expected to undergo pavement rehabilitation during the summer of 2022. The project is on hold as NYC Parks and NYS DOT identify a detour route. This webpage will be updated with information on the closure and detour route once finalized. 
  • Southern Westchester County: Through the summer of 2022, Westchester County is repairing and resurfacing a 6-mile section of the South County Trail from Barney Street in Yonkers north to Route 119 in Elmsford. The trail will generally remain open for public use. However trail users may encounter construction activity requiring single-day closures on short portions of the trail. Bicyclists and hikers may need to detour around temporary closures on adjacent roadways.
  • Rosendale, Ulster County: A 0.5-mile section of the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail is closed north of the Rosendale Trestle due to damage caused by April 2022 flooding (the trail is closed between the Rosendale trail parking lot to Breezy Hill Road). An on-road detour follows Binnewater Road, which parallels the closed trail section. The Rosendale Trestle, which is south of the trail closure, remains open.

Erie Canalway Trail Section (Buffalo to Albany)

  • Holley, Orleans County: NYS DOT will be performing bridge repairs that will require trail users to briefly detour off the trail, cross N. Main Street/Rt. 287, and rejoin the trail on the other side of the bridge. Signage has been installed marking the temporary route. 
  • Macedon, Wayne County: A 0.5-mile trail section from Walworth Road east to Pal-Mac Park is closed due to repairs to the Ganargua Creek Aqueduct. Signage has been installed marking temporary on-road detours for through-trail bicyclists and hikers.
  • Oriskany, Oneida County: A section of the Erie Canalway Trail west of the Village of Oriskany is closed due to a major trail washout. Trail users traveling between Oriskany and Stanwix/Rome need to follow a 2.4-mile on-road detour, on the shoulders of Route 69 (also named Rome-Oriskany Road) between Thomas Road and Reber Road. Signage has been installed marking the temporary on-road route.
  • Amsterdam, Montgomery County: A section of the Erie Canalway Trail in Amsterdam will be closed beginning June 15, 2022 due to a construction project to rehabilitate the Route 30 bridge, which the trail passes under. Signage will be installed marking a detour route on adjacent roads during all times the trail is closed.
  • Cohoes, Albany County: A half-mile section of the Erie Canalway Trail / Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike Trail between Lansing Lane to Johnson Ave will be closed in June and July 2022, due to a storm water and green infrastructure project being implemented by the City of Cohoes.  Trail users will need to follow the marked detour on city streets. 

Champlain Valley Section (Albany to Rouses Point)

  • There are no temporary trail closures at this time along the Champlain Valley route.

This page will be periodically updated to identify additional temporary trail closings.