Awesome new Empire State Trail connects New York City to Canada

Grab your gear because you can now walk or cycle straight from New York to Canada via the newly completed Empire State Trail.

“There’s no trail like it in the nation,” New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said in a press release.

The 1207km trail is now America’s longest multi-use state trail following its completion on 20 December 2020.

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Buffalo Harbor State Park, Credit: New York State, Empire State Trail

The Empire State Trail runs in a sideways T-shape. It travels from New York City to the Canadian border through the Hudson River and from Albany to Buffalo along the Erie Canal.

The Empire State Trail map splits the path up into three sections.

They are the Hudson Valley Greenway Trail, Erie Canalway Trail, and the Champlain Valley Trail.

Announced by Cuomo in 2017, the historic project builds on two existing, but previously disconnected trails. The two trails connect near Albany by 560km of new pathway.

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The Empire State Trail is expected to draw 8.6 million residents and tourists annually.

Cyclists, hikers, runners and cross-country skiers of all ages and abilities will love the trail’s off-road sections (they make up 75 per cent of the trail).

Outdoor recreation and community health and vitality were at the focus of the project launch.

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Families walking on Plattsburgh Rail Trail Credit: New York State, Empire State Trail

Its completion couldn’t have come at a more suitable time Cuomo points out.

“It gives New Yorkers from every corner of the state a safe outlet for recreation as we continue to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic.”

What else is there to do along the Empire State trail?

The trail also aims to boost tourism-related economic development.

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Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum, Credit: New York State, Empire State Trail

“The trail provides an opportunity to experience the natural beauty and history of New York,” said Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Trail-goers will encounter New York’s natural landscapes, urban centres, rural communities and diverse history.

There is a stack of things to do along the Empire State Trail. Have a go at horse riding, visiting wineries or seeing the local cultural attractions.

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