Erie Canal Heritage Trail is a 60.4 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Rochester, New York that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
cross country skiing
Beautiful walk, nice flat path.
This ever growing canal side trail is great for both hiking and biking, although given its largely nicely laid out and flat paths, it is a great opportunity for biking. I've always done random sections, usually the ones near Rochester, but for someone looking for a multi-day bike or hike, I imagine it would be fun to go for a full round trip of the trail, staying in a few of the small canal side towns as you go. The canal trail does a good job combining the nature of the area with the history of the canal. I also have also really enjoyed the few times I was able to see the canal locks in use.
Wonderful place to bike! You get a nice breeze from the canal even on a hot day. Be careful on the gravel portions of the path if you're biking--one of my friends had an accident with a stone that ended up giving her a concussion, so just use caution with how fast you're going in rockier areas.