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Erie Canalway Trail

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

Trail Overview

This 11-mile Empire State Trail segment has two distinct parts: A) The trail starts in Utica at a trailhead parking area off North Genesee St, on the north side of the city. The first 3.5 miles heading east from Utica is a new off-road trail, which will open in 2021, providing stunning views of the Erie Canal. This new paved trail welcomes bicyclists and walkers of all abilities. B) The 3.5-mile off-road trail along the Erie Canal ends at Dyke Road. The remaining 7.5 miles east to the Village of Frankfort is an on-road bicycle route, designated on the shoulders of Southside Road. This section is intended for experienced bicyclists, comfortable riding next to vehicle traffic. The on-road section ends one mile east of the Village of Frankfort, where a new section of off-road trail starts at the intersection of Route 5S and Acme Rd. Visitor services are available in Utica and Frankfort (there are no other services along the trail).

Cycling Directions

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

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Family Fun

Train Stations

Utica