Hikers looking to explore the historic Erie Canal Heritage Trail have over sixty miles of point-to-point adventure ahead of them all the way from Buffalo to Albany! This trail is considered one of the best cycling trails in the world, so you will be hiking with many cyclists, but there is plenty of room for all.
Although the trail is open year-round, it is best used in the months of March through November, when the terrain is not icy or snow-packed. It is considered an easy hike due to the relatively flat terrain, but if you are looking to hike the entire thing point-to-point, you need to plan in advance. Sixty miles can take a long time to cover. Hikers often take a few hours to enjoy the natural beauty of the trail, but for intrepid explorers who wish to hike all sixty miles, there is the End-to-End Recognition Program, which acknowledges people (and dogs!) who complete the entire length of the Erie Canalway Trail between Buffalo and Albany. There are only about 2,000 people who have completed the entire trail.
The Erie Canal Heritage Trail is mostly flat and off-road, and it goes through many quaint villages. On this trail, you will hike through forests full of abundant wildlife and wildflowers. You will get to see the unique features of a canal and, if you go when a boat is coming in or going out, you may even get to view the interesting experience of watching of a lock opening and closing.
Along this extended trail, you will have access to amenities like bed and breakfasts, hotels, campgrounds, and restaurants. The amenities vary based on which trail access point you use.
Whether you are planning to explore the whole trail or trek it section by section, there is plenty of information available to help you get the details needed for your next hiking adventure with Fido!