The Empire State Trail

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A Trail Fitting for the Empire State

In January 2017, Governor Cuomo announced the Empire State Trail, a new initiative placing New York State at the forefront of national efforts to enhance outdoor recreation, community vitality, and tourism development.

Approximately 400 miles of the Trail already exists in discrete, disconnected segments. When completed by the end of 2020, the Empire State Trail will be a continuous 750-mile route spanning the state from New York City to Canada and Buffalo to Albany, creating the longest multi-use state trail in the nation.

About the Trail

Explore New York State's Iconic Landscapes and Diverse History

Goals & Benefits

The Empire State Trail promotes healthy lifestyles and provides a place for friends and families to experience everything the Empire State has to offer.

Trail Activities

The Empire State Trail will be a multi-use path designed to accomodate shared use by pedestrians and bicyclists.

Documents & Resources

Read the draft plan and the proposed design guide for the Empire State Trail.

Timeline: The Empire State Trail

2017

Finalizing more than 60 construction project descriptions, scopes, budgets, and timelines.

2018

Installation of wayfinding and information signage along existing trails; new trail construction to begin.

2020

Completion of the 750-mile Empire State Trail, making New York home to the longest state multi-use trail in the nation.

Legs of the Trail

Hudson Valley Greenway Trail

The proposed route of the Empire State Trail within the Hudson Valley, including exisiting and proposed new trails.

Erie Canalway Trail

The proposed route of the Empire State Trail within the Erie Canalway corridor, including exisiting and proposed new trails.

Champlain Valley Trail

The proposed route of the Empire State Trail within the Champlain Valley, including exisiting and proposed new trails.

Keep In Touch

Stay informed on the progress of the Empire State Trail