Towpath Trail

EASY 15 reviews

Towpath Trail is a 5.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Fort Hunter, New York that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
49 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

cross country skiing

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

road biking

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

forest

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

historic site

The Towpath Trail is along the Enlarged Erie Canal used from 1845-1916. Starting at the Park Visitor's Center in Ft. Hunter, you pass many historic features along the 2.5 mile round trip trail. At .5 miles you pass the Empire Lock #29 and Lock #20 from the original 1817 Canal. At the 1.25 mile point, the Towpath Trail ends at the Yankee Hill Lock #28 and the Putnam Store Picnic Area.

hiking
1 month ago

Great, easy hike. Took my 6.5 daughter and our 10yr old dog. Completed two miles round trip. Beautiful scenery. :)

hiking
3 months ago

My daughter and I parked at the Park Lot in Ft. Hunter and walked the Towpath trail to Empire Lock and then returned to the Park Visitors Center via the Woodchuck Trail. It was a nice 1.75 miles loop hike. The recently re-modeled VC was beautiful. The exhibits were well done and the staff extremely helpful. Trail conditions were very good; well mowed and clear of any obstructions.

hiking
3 months ago

The Towpath is always a good choice for a nice, easy no worries time out. It is very well maintained.

The scenery is great and today the fragrance of the wild honeysuckle and phlox was wonderful. At one point the honeysuckle overlapped the path making a conopy. Will try and add a picture of that!

hiking
6 months ago

this trail is like walking on a 15 foot wide lawn. the dog and I covered over 5 miles. no inclines. trail conditions are ice, snow and mud with some dry areas. very peaceful walk. nice little rest area with a bench where someone had a little fire going. enjoyed the walk and got to see a piece of history. nice day, good exercise!

hiking
6 months ago

this trail is a breeze to walk. according to my GPS, we covered 5.2 Mi today. if it were summer time it would be like walking on a 10 to 15 foot wide lawn. spotted a nice little rest spot where someone had a little fire going. very peaceful setting. didn't notice any inclines and it seemed to go on in either direction. nice beautiful day to take a walk with the dog and see a piece of history.

walking
Sunday, June 04, 2017

Walked this today with my family. Very well maintained, mowed and free of trash. The trail follows the old Erie Canal towpath and is very straight and level. The old canal artifacts are fantastic!

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

trail running
Thursday, June 15, 2017