Erie Canalway Trail

Niskayuna to Green Island
  • 10 miles
  • 3 to 5 hours
  • 1 hour
  • Dog-friendly
  • Paved

Trail Overview

This 10-mile Empire State Trail section is a paved off-road trail welcoming bicyclists and walkers of all abilities (except the eastern one-mile section that is designated on the shoulders of busy roadways in Cohoes and Green Island). The section starts at Lions Park in Niskayuna, where parking and restrooms are available. The rail-trail heads east into Colonie, providing stunning views of the Mohawk River and passing by woodlands, wetlands, and residential areas. This section is also part of the Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike Trail. The off-road trail ends at a small parking area in the City of Cohoes, at the western end of Alexander St. From there, the EST route continues east for one mile on the shoulders of public roads, ending at the intersection of Veterans Memorial Drive and Cannon Street in Green Island (the on-road section is appropriate for experienced bicyclists comfortable riding next to vehicle traffic). Here, trail users turn south toward Albany, or north toward Peebles Island State Park and Waterford. There are many pull-off parking areas along this 10-mile section, as well as a large parking areas at Lions Park and the Colonie Town Park. While there are no visitor services directly on the trail, services are available a short distance off the trail in Cohoes and Green Island.

Cycling Directions

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

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Upcoming Trail Weather
Wind: 0 mph N
Humidity: 94%
Feels like: 49°F
Trail Elevation

Hotels/Motels & Resorts

Albany Marriott Hotel

The Albany Marriott is merely five minutes from the Albany International Airport (ALB) and less than 20 minutes from downtown Albany, New York State's Capital. Whether you have a business meeting, large conference or small social event to plan, you'll find 20,000 square feet of function space at your disposal. 359 guestrooms and suites provide you with the highest luxury available in the area. The Concierge Level, open on weekdays, provides special services and privileges. Included for all guests are such amenities as indoor/outdoor pool, fitness center, room service daily, Starbucks coffee shop, bell staff, complimentary newspapers, and airport shuttle service upon request. For dining, they offer the Market, a casual experience that provides service throughout each day of the week. Chat's, the martini bar, is open daily, providing light food and beverage service in a relaxed, airy environment.

Courtyard and Residence Inn by Marriott Albany Airport

Courtyard by Marriott Albany Airport is a brand new hotel located near the Albany Airport. Conveniently located just minutes from several destinations including the New York State Capitol Building and Empire State Plaza. Our new state-of-the-art lobby at Courtyard provides greater flexibility and choices for our guests. At the center of it all is The Bistro, your destination for a great breakfast, or drinks and dinner during the evening. You'll also enjoy inviting, flexible spaces where you can work or relax, with complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel. When you arrive at your spacious room, unwind on our luxury bedding while browsing Marriott's in-room streaming package where you can access Netflix, Hulu Plus and more. Plus, our well-equipped fitness center and indoor pool will help you stay refreshed and energized. Whether traveling for business or pleasure, your stay at Courtyard by Marriott Albany Wolf Road is sure to be more comfortable, more productive & more enjoyable than ever before.

Crowne Plaza Albany - The Desmond Hotel

The newly renovated Crowne Plaza Albany - The Desmond Hotel is located at Exit 3 of the Northway I-87, a half mile from the Albany International Airport and 20 minutes to downtown Albany. Albany's vibrant Wolf Road business district with popular shopping, dining and entertainment attractions is right next door.

Featuring 323 completely transformed guest rooms and suites with fresh, modern design and details for the seasoned traveler including individual Keurig coffee machine, laptop sized safes, and multiple charging capabilities for all of your devices.

Hotel amenities include a heated indoor pool, all new 24-hour fitness center, Mr. D's Restaurant & Lounge, and complimentary 24-hour airport shuttle service. Walk/bike/run on the paved trail system located near our hotel entrance, or drive 5 minutes to the Crossings Park of Colonie.

Days Inn, Central Avenue

Where the staff & management are committed to providing comfort and elegance at an affordable price. Our beautifully appointed standard guest rooms and suites feature all the luxuries of home. Complimentary deluxe continental breakfast is served daily. All guestrooms feature coffee makers, refrigerators, hair dryers, iron and ironing boards, voice mail and wireless Internet access. Our spacious suites are equipped with refrigerators and microwaves. We offer an indoor pool, whirlpool and exercise facilities for your relaxation. Located 2.5 miles from the Albany International Airport, 8 miles to downtown Albany and 1/2 mile to shopping, restaurants and entertainment.

Hilton Garden Inn, Albany Airport

The Hilton Garden Inn Albany Airport is a business-class hotel with affordable pricing where guests can enjoy a beautiful, wooded garden setting across the road from the Albany International Airport. All guest rooms feature Hilton’s own Garden Sleep System bedding, an in-room hospitality center which includes a refrigerator, microwave, Keurig coffee maker, a work desk and Herman Miller Mirra ergonomic executive chair, HD TV’s, two phones with two lines, complimentary wireless high speed internet throughout the hotel, remote printing via Printer On, iron and ironing board, and hair dryer.

Homewood Suites by Hilton

Complimentary hot/cold buffet breakfast; Welcome home reception evening buffet style light meal Mon-Thurs, courtyard with BBQ area, basketball court, indoor pool, whirlpool, health club room, pets allowed, fully equipped kitchen, food shopping service and airport shuttle.

Hotel Trilogy Albany Airport, Tapestry Collection by Hilton

This hotel is off of I-87, next to Albany Airport, and five miles from SUNY Albany. You'll find corporate parks, shopping centers, and peaceful walking trails within 10 minutes of the hotel. Focus on you in their fitness center with interactive equipment and a dry sauna. Farm-to-table and fusion meet in the restaurant and bar, open mornings and evenings to suit your travel schedule.

Microtel Inn

Complimentary Breakfast, Conference facilities. AC, cable/satellite TV, nonsmoking rooms available. Wheelchair accessible rooms available. Wifi, high-speed wireless internet free. Free local & long distance call in Continental US.

Quality Inn & Suites, Albany Airport

Welcome reception, hospitality room, deluxe continental breakfast, traditonal rooms and deluxe suites with pull-out sofa. All rooms equipped with wireless internet, data ports, refrigerators, microwaves, coffee machines, iron/board and hair dryer. Shopping and theatre only 1/4 mile, shuttle Service to Albany International Airport.

Residence Inn by Marriott, Washington Ave Extension

The areas newest hotel, Residence Inn by Marriott® is the extended-stay hotel that helps you feel connected while away from home; and maintain a balance of work and life. We are perfectly located adjacent to Crossgates Mall, close to SUNY Albany, College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, GE, Sematech, IBM, Siemens, Times Union Center, Empire State Plaza, and minutes from Albany International Airport! The all suites Residence Inn by Marriott blends the comforts of home with responsive hotel services, here the one-bedroom suites, studios, and two-bedroom suites gives you more space with full kitchens and separate areas for relaxing, working and sleeping. We look forward to welcoming you soon!

SpringHill Suites by Marriott, Albany/Colonie

Catch a breath of fresh air at our upscale hotel in Albany/Colonie, NY. The SpringHill Suites is ideally located near Nanotech, Sematech, IBM, Tokyo Electron, and area colleges UAlbany, RPI, St Rose and Siena. Only minutes from downtown, Albany International Airport and local shopping. Just off I-87and direct route to Global Foundries and the Saratoga Race Track. Our spacious suite hotel offers 25% more room for living, working & sleeping. Stay productive with complimentary wireless high-speed Internet, large work area and flat screen TVs and enjoy the convenience of a mini-fridge and microwave. Start every day with a complimentary hot and healthy breakfast buffet and unwind in our indoor pool or 24 hour fitness center. Perfect hotel for small board room meetings. While staying at our SpringHill Suites visit sites such as Saratoga Performing Arts Center, New York State Museum, Albany Institute of History & Art, Proctors and Palace Theatres. Our hotel introduces guests to a refreshing concept in hospitality.

Super 8 by Wyndham Latham/Albany Troy Area

Welcome to the Super 8 Latham/Albany, Troy Area, where you get more than you expect. We are conveniently located off I-87 Northway and just 4 miles from Albany International Airport. Surrounded by leading restaurants, shopping malls, colleges and corporate offices The Super 8 offers a convenient location to access all your business/leisure needs in the Capital District. Whether you want to bet on the thoroughbreds at Saratoga Race Course or visit one of the many museums in the area, the Super 8 Latham is your choice motel.

Our Hotel offers our guests Free High Speed Wireless Internet, Free USA Today Newspapers. We offer SuperStart Breakfast as well. Our rooms feature Irons and Ironing boards, Hair Dryers, Alarm Clock Radios and Cable TV with ESPNs, CNN, HBO and HBO Plus. For the busy corporate traveler we offer King Executive Suites with Recliners and Microwaves-Fridges. Our friendly professional staff is available to serve you 24 hours a day. Sorry no Pets Allowed.

TownePlace Suites by Marriott, Latham-Albany Airport

The brand new TownePlace Suites® by Marriott Latham Albany Airport hotel, an ideal choice less than 4 miles from Albany Airport, provides just what you need to settle in and add life to longer stays in Latham, NY. Enjoy roomy spaces that are fresh, fun and functional, whether choosing studios, 1 or 2 bedroom suites. Free WiFi throughout the hotel, 32” flat screen TV’s with premium HD channels, and full kitchens enhance your stay in Latham. The hotel is convenient to RPI, Siena College, U Albany & Emma Willard. Crossgates Mall, Mill Road Acres Golf Course, Saratoga Race Track, as well as great local restaurants and neighborhood markets. Our hotel is designed to provide an outstanding experience with modern guest rooms and an eat-in breakfast area with our healthy & free Morning Break breakfast. Enjoy the convenience of shuttle service to and from the airport, and a business center to help you stay connected and productive. Sit back, relax, and stay awhile at the TownePlace Suites® by Marriott Latham Albany Airport.

Travelodge Inn & Suites, Albany Airport

The Travelodge Inn & Suites, Albany Airport is off Highway 87, with a direct route to downtown Albany, where the New York State Government offices are located. The hotel offers easy access to the fairgrounds and several colleges and universities, like Union College, the College of Saint Rose, and the University at Albany, and SUNY University at Albany. The Albany International Airport is less than two miles away. Directly across the street is the Colonie Center mall, a premier retail location featuring 150+ stores. The Crossgates Mall is three miles away. Several business parks and the Saratoga Gaming and Raceway, a gambling and horse racing venue, are located in the area. The Great Escape & Splashwater Kingdom amusement and water park is only a quick trip away. Plenty of shopping, dining and entertainment options are steps away on Wolf Road. AAA Approved. Free continental breakfast. Free wifi and local calls. Pet-friendly. Guest laundromat. Offering extended stay two-room suites with mini kitchens.

Tru by Hilton, Albany/Airport

It's Tru, we're near it all in Albany. We're a mile west of the airport – our 24-hour shuttle has your rides covered. I-87 is nearby for easy trips to Colonie Center shops and the University at Albany. Downtown is 20 minutes from us, home to parks, state government offices, the USS Slater, and entertainment along the Hudson River. Keep the fun going with our foosball table and indoor pool. Breakfast's on us.