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)

  • Southern Westchester County: Through the fall of 2021, 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.
  • Albany/Corning Preserve to Watervliet, Albany County: A 4-mile section of the Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike Trail will be closed Mondays through Thursdays from May 24 through July 1, 2021 due to a NYSDOT project to resurface this deteriorated trail section. The trail will be open for public use on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. For through-bicyclists on days the trail is closed, a temporary on-road detour will be signed from the Corning Preserve parking area in Albany to the 4th Street MHBHT parking area in Watervliet.

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.
  • Utica to Dyke Road, Oneida County: A 3.5-mile trail section from Leland Avenue running east to Dyke Road is closed to through travel until September 2021 due to a county sewer line construction project. A temporary on-road EST route is signed on State Route 5 (aka Herkimer Road).

Champlain Valley Section (Albany to Rouses Point)

  • No trail closures at this time.

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