Champlain Canalway Trail

EASY 5 reviews

Champlain Canalway Trail is a 12.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Waterford, New York that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

12.6 miles
121 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash


cross country skiing


road biking


trail running



historic site

Champlain Canalway Trail

8 days ago

The locked gate is a real pain in the ass.

road biking
13 days ago

This could be a five star rating, except for the strange area behind the plastics factory in Waterford where there’s a locked gate. We couldn’t figure out how to continue on the trail. Later, after riding miles around on roads, we approached the gate from the other side and saw an obscure and muddy path through some bushes. This lead back to the trail head at Lock 2. Very pretty in summer. Flowers, views, turtles, frogs, waterfowl. Bring sunblock. A large part of the trail is fully exposed to the sun. Also, it was probably too gravelly for a road bike, but it was okay.

road biking
Friday, December 23, 2016

This Champlain Canalway Trail is a work in progress. As of December 2016, it is finished from the Erie Canal lock 2 (E2) to a landfill site behind Momentive (formerly GE Plastics). Going north from Schoolhouse Road, it continues up to Upper Newtown Road. From there to Whitehall, NY, there are sections that are competed and others that are being planned and built.

8 months ago

Saturday, June 24, 2017