You Can Walk or Bike From New York City to Canada, Thanks to This 750-mile Trail

This 750-mile hiking, biking, and running trail connects New York City to Canada.

America has made strides in expanding its trail systems in recent years. But perhaps one of the most impressive feats of all is the 750-mile Empire State Trail, which nabbed the title of the longest multipurpose trail in the nation when it opened in 2020.

Stretching from the southern tip of Manhattan to the Canadian border, the trail connects previously unlinked off-road trails and adds nearly 180 miles of off-road trails to New York's network. As part of the project, the state also upgraded 170 miles of on-road bicycle routes and incorporated several bike racks to accommodate the nation's growing interest in cycling.

"Not only does it provide an opportunity to experience the natural beauty and history of New York, but it also gives New Yorkers from every corner of the state a safe outlet for recreation," former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said in announcing the project's completion.

bicyclists on the Empire State Trail
Empire State Trail,

The Empire State Trail connects the popular Hudson River Valley Greenway, the Champlain Valley Trail, and Erie Canalway Trail, and provides the opportunity to explore picturesque natural escapes, including Buffalo State Park, Fort Ticonderoga, and the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge.

The Empire State Trail is meant to serve cyclists, hikers, runners, skiers, and even snowshoers, but it's also a guide to some of New York's favorite craft breweries. State officials partnered with brewers to create an Empire State Trail Brewery Passport that allows people to earn stamps from an estimated 200 craft breweries located within 10 miles of the trail.

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