Erie Canalway Trail

Schenectady to Niskayuna
  • 11 miles
  • 4 to 6 hours
  • 1 hour to 1 hour, 30 minutes
  • Dog-friendly
  • Paved

Trail Overview

This 11-mile Empire State Trail starts in the City of Schenectady and runs east to Lions Park in the Town of Niskayuna. In downtown Schenectady, one mile of the route is designated on city streets (the on-road section runs on Hamilton Ave, Union St, and North Jay St). There are sidewalks along this section. However, bicyclists will be riding on city streets, sharing the road with vehicles. From North Jay Street, trail users access the off-road Erie Canalway Trail heading east. This paved rail-trail, suitable for bicyclists and walkers of all abilities, is part of the Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike Trail. This off-road rail-trail segment ends at Lions Park in Niskayuna, where parking and restrooms are available. There are number of access points and pull-off parking areas along this section. Visitor Services are available in Schenectady.

Cycling Directions

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

EC26-EC27_West-East Download EC27-EC26_East-West Download
Upcoming Trail Weather
Wind: 6 mph NW
Humidity: 76%
Feels like: 24°F
Trail Elevation

Train Stations


Hotels/Motels & Resorts

Homewood Suites by Hilton Schenectady

An all-suite hotel in Schenectady, NY along the scenic Mohawk River
All-suites Homewood Suites by Hilton Schenectady NY, hotel located along the scenic Mohawk River. We are less than five minutes to General Electric, Rivers Casino, Union College, downtown Schenectady and Proctor’s Theater.
Our extended-stay Schenectady, NY hotel boasts river views and thoughtful amenities to make you feel at home. Each spacious suite offers complimentary internet access, work desk with ergonomic chair and flat-screen TVs. The in-room fully equipped kitchen includes a full-sized refrigerator, microwave, two burner stove and dishwasher for your convenience. Our Schenectady, NY hotel includes studio and one-bedroom suites with extra space, stunning views, and separate living and sleeping area, ideal for families with children. Start your morning right with complimentary deluxe hot full breakfast buffet served daily. Enjoy our complimentary evening social with dinner and drinks* offered Monday through Thursday. Stop by the 24-hour onsite convenience shop for a quick snack or a meal to prepare in your room. Plunge into the indoor pool or work out in our fitness center.

Rivers Casino & Resort

165-room hotel attached to Rivers Casino and Resort, located on the Mohawk Harbor. The Property has 55,000 square feet of gaming space and live action tables, entertainment lounge, restaurants, a spa, a marketplace, and a 10,000-square-foot event center. All located along the river with scenic views, natural lighting throughout, and outdoor terraces.

Super 8 Motel

Located right off exit 25 of the NYS Thruway and 5 miles from downtown Schenectady.

  • Visit Site
  • 3083 Carman Rd, Schenectady, NY 12306