MOHAWK-HUDSON BIKEWAY SOUTH:

ALBANY-WATERVLIET, NEW YORK

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Last Updated:     June 29, 2005

Length:                Mohawk-Hudson Bikeway South; 5.9 miles

                               Schuyler Flatts Cultural Park to Mohawk-Hudson Bikeway; 0.7 miles                             

                              Schuyler Flatts Cultural Park Loop Trail; miles                  

Difficulty:            Easy. Paved, flat trail.                            

Directions:

To start from Schuyler Flatts Park; Take exit 7west from I-787 to Route 378 west. Take the first exit right to Route 32 (Broadway) and then right again heading north on Route 32. The Schuyler Flatts Park entrance will be on the right side of Broadway. The parking lot is next to a Shelter.

To start from Corning City Preserve; There are two parking lots located here next to the trail. One is at Riverfront Park, while the other is located beneath the elevated I-787. Take exit 4A off of I-787 southbound to Water St. Take a left at Colonie St and follow signs for the Corning City Preserve. I'm not quite sure how to reach the park from I-787 northbound. I believe you use exit 4 ?

The Canalway Trail is a network of approximately 300 miles of multiple-use trails across upstate New York. The trail follows the towpaths of both active and historic sections of the New York State Canal System, such as the Erie Canal and Old Erie Canal, as well as, adjacent abandoned rail corridors such as the former West Shore Railroad which was chartered December 5, 1885 , as successor to the New York, West Shore & Buffalo Railway. Called in its day "the eighth wonder of the world," the Erie Canal remains one of America's best known and enduring icons. A marvel of nineteenth-century engineering, the canal, begun in 1817, followed a path already popular to westward-moving Americans, following the Mohawk River through the Appalachian Mountains and then on to Lake Erie. Building the canal was a tremendous feat. Workers had to dig a 363-mile ditch that was 40 feet wide and four feet deep, through rocky hills and swamps and across rivers. What's more, this ditch had to slowly rise 565 feet on its way from the Hudson River to Lake Erie, which it did through a series of locks. Derided as "Clinton's Ditch," after New York Governor DeWitt Clinton, within months of the canal's opening in 1825 the doubters were proven wrong by the canal's overwhelming success. The canal gave rise to additional connecting canals, including the Oswego, Cayuga-Seneca, and Champlain, the last of which actually opened before the Erie Canal. For more information visit; CANALWAY TRAIL or NY CANALWAY SYSTEM

The Mohawk-Hudson Bikeway connects Albany and Schenectady Counties in New York's Capital district of update New York.  The trail is part of the state-wide Canalway Trail. Parts of the trail are along sections of the old Erie Canal, while other sections run along long abandoned rail lines such as the Penn Central Rail Line. This was America's first inter-city rail route and had the world's first steam passenger train. This section runs from Watervliet to Albany alongside the Hudson River and through the Erastus Corning Riverfront Preserve. For the northern sections of the trail See; Mohawk Hudson Bikeway North. For more information visit; MOHAWK HUDSON BIKEWAY .

Starting from Schuyler Flatts Park in Watervliet:

Starting from Schuyler Flatts Park in Watervliet; There is a map of the park in the shelter.

Heading right along the path on the Loop Trail you will come to a signboard describing the Erie Canal that passed through here. Next, you pass under a trellis and by a community garden, which then brings you past a turnoff and to another signboard describing a house that was located here. At 0.6 miles, take a right along the path, otherwise you'll complete the loop and return to the shelter. This brings you past the old burial grounds and into the woods to an intersection at 0.7 miles.

Note; Right is a short section of paved trail that abruptly ends.

Turn left which will bring you to 4th St.

Note; If you wish to connect to the northern section of the Mohawk Hudson Bikeway head left on-road (See map).

Turn right and travel underneath I-787 to the 4th Street parking lot at 0.7 miles where the Mohawk Hudson Bikeway begins its trip south down to Albany. The parking lot is located right next to the Hudson River, with benches that afford you some great views.

Starting from the 4th Street parking lot:

Note; A gap currently exists between here and the northern section of the bikeway. To reach the northern section you'll need to travel on-road about 4.6 miles. See map below for on-road route & Mohawk Hudson Bikeway North .

Starting from the 4th Street parking lot; [Re-zeroing mileage] The Mohawk Hudson Bikeway travels south along the river on your left and I-787 on your right. A mile brings you to some benches and an interpretive signboard, of which there are many located along the trail. You start to pull away from the highway, cross under a bridge and enter a more wooded, quiet environment. You'll come to a picnic area located along the banks of the river at 1.6 miles. Notice the mileage marker located here and others along the trail. I'm not sure what the distance indicated refers to, as its much further then the distance to Albany is. You'll get some more great views of the river at 2 miles where some benches are located. The pavement gets a bit rougher at 2.8 miles as the trail opens up a bit. Just shy of 3 miles you pass beneath the I-90 Bridge over the river. Here you get your first views of the Albany skyline as you pass through the wide open fields of the Corning City Preserve. You come to a picnic area at 3 miles after which the pavement improves. The trail narrows as it passes between the highway and river. You reach the I-787 parking lot at 4 miles, which is located below the elevated highway. A boat launch is located here as well. Next, you pass beneath a railroad bridge over the river at 4 miles, which then brings you into Riverfront Park, where a second parking lot is located. There are restrooms located here. This was once the Albany Basin where the Erie Canal had a lock at the Hudson River. The Basin has been filled to create this park and the pond that the trail passes by as it reaches the Hudson River Way Pedestrian Bridge at 4.9 miles.

Note; This bridge takes you over I-787 and into downtown Albany. There is a granite relief of the Hudson River above the promenade and you must check out the artwork that adorns the bridges columns.

Just beyond the bridge is a Visitors Center, with restrooms and snacks available. Past this on your left is a pumping station, below which resides the Half Moon ship. This ship is a working replica of one that Henry Hudson sailed in 1509. At 5 miles, a tunnel under I-787 will take you over to Broadway. There is also a ramp that will take up and across the Dunn Memorial Bridge over the Hudson River. The trail officially ends here in Albany, but if you continue underneath the Dunn Bridge, you will come to the USS Slater, a Navy warship docked at 5.9 miles.

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