This 17-mile Empire State Trail section is a paved off-road trail welcoming bicyclists and walkers of all abilities. The section starts at a trailhead parking area in South Amsterdam, at the intersection of Bridge St and Erie St (for trail users wanting to visit downtown Amsterdam, a beautiful bike-pedestrian gateway bridge across the Mohawk provides access to the City). The canalway trail heads east, passing through woodlands, farmlands, wetlands, and river views. This section is part of the Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike Trail. The off-road trail ends in the City of Schenectady, at the intersection of Route 5 and Washington Ave (the route east of this point through the city is designated on local streets). There are many access points to the trail, including parking areas in Pattersonville, municipal parks, and at Canal Locks E-10 and E-8. Visitor services are available in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and Schenectady. Note: this segment includes 2 on-road trail segments in Rotterdam, that are appropriate for experienced bicyclists comfortable riding next to vehicle traffic.