Champlain Canalway Trail

EASY 12 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.

Distance: 12.6 miles Elevation Gain: 121 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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Champlain Canalway Trail

road biking
28 days ago

We rode hybrid bikes from Waterford to Upper Newtown Rd in Halfmoon and the trail varied greatly along the way. Paved, dirt, gravel, stone dust all in part. The area around Momentive easy to follow, gravel on top of the landfill road but paved on the slopes up and down making it safer. We rode about half a mile north in the grass north of Upper Newtown to steel plates over a broken bridge that was a bit scary, and so overgrown just after that that we headed back. Really enjoyed our day, give it a try!

Fri Aug 10 2018

The locked gate is a real pain in the ass.

road biking
Sun Aug 05 2018

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
Fri Dec 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.

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mountain biking
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Sun Sep 30 2018

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