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:  During the spring and summer of 2022, a 1.5-mile section of the Hudson Greenway Trail will be closed in northern Manhattan, from West 180th Street north to Dyckman Street. The trail be closed due to a New York City Parks project to rehabilitate this trail section. The exact closure dates are not yet available. An on-road detour route will be marked for long-distance trail users.
  • 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)

  • 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.
  • Albion, Orleans County: A 1.5 mile section of the Erie Canalway Trail, located slightly west of Albion in Orleans County, will be closed during April and May 2022 due to a construction project to make repairs to the Erie Canal embankment (the trail will be closed between CR21-Eagle Harbor Road and CR88-Gaines Basin Road). Through bicyclists will need to detour around the closure by riding on local roads.
  • 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.
  • City of Little Falls, Herkimer County: A 2.5-mile section of the trail in Little Falls from Flint Avenue east to Herkimer Home State Historic Site will be closed during April and May, 2022 due to a construction project to rehabilitate and upgrade this old trail segment. Signage will be installed marking a temporary on-road detour route.
  • Herkimer County: A five-mile section of the Erie Canalway Trail from Herkimer Home State Historic Site east to the Montgomery County line is closed due to a construction project to improve the stonedust trail surface. Signs have been installed marking a temporary on-road detour for through-bicyclists, on the shoulders of adjacent roadways.
  • Amsterdam, Montgomery County: A section of the Erie Canalway Trail in Amsterdam will be closed for several periods during 2022, due to a construction project to rehabilitate the Route 30 bridge (the trail passes under the bridge). Signage will be installed marking a detour route on adjacent roads, during all times the trail is closed.
  • Cohoes to Colonie, Albany County: A 3-mile section of the Erie Canalway Trail / Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike Trail from Alexander Street in Cohoes to Route 9 (Louden Rd) in Colonie will be closed during April and May, 2022, due to a construction project to repave this old trail segment. Long-distance bicyclists need to utilize an on-road route to detour around the temporary closure (description from Cohoes to Colonie) on the Route 787 bike path; New Courtland St; North Mohawk St; and Fonda Road.

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.