PATTERSONVILLE/ROTTERDAM JUNCTION-ALBANY, NEW YORK
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Updated: July 27, 2019
Length: Mohawk-Hudson Bikeway
29.7 miles completed. On-road detour around northern gap; 1.6 miles.
Bikeway Central Section; 4.8
Bikeway Southern Section; 6 miles
Cohoes Heritage Trail; 1.6 miles
Route 787 Path; 1.1 miles
Schuyler Flatts Cultural Park Loop Trail; ¾ miles
Difficulty: Mohawk-Hudson Bikeway Northern Section; Moderate. Mostly paved trail with some on-road detours. Mainly flat except for a hilly section and a steep detour section.
Mohawk-Hudson Bikeway Central Section; Easy. On-road section, CYCLE TRACK and paved path.
Mohawk-Hudson Bikeway Southern Section; Easy. Paved, flat trail.
Route 787 Path; Easy. Flat paved trail.
Cohoes Heritage Trail: Moderate. Route consists low traffic on-road sections, paved/stone-dust sections and a short section of paving stones and grass. Some hills.
Schuyler Flatts Cultural Park Loop Trail; Easy. Flat paved trail.
To start from Kiwanis Park [Northern Section]; Take exit 26 off of I-90 to Route 5S. Follow Route 5S to Kiwanis Park on your right.
To start from the Lock 7 parking lot [Northern Section]; Take exit 6 off of I-87 to Route 7 west. Route 7 is known locally as Troy Schenectady Rd. Travel about 3 miles west on Route 7 to Rosendale Rd on the right. There will be a Lock 7 sign here also. Follow this road down and bear left at the sharp curve. River Rd heads right, but you continue left. Travel about 1 ¾ miles to a sharp left in the road. Here, travel straight onto Lock 7 Rd. The first parking lot is on the right next to the Bike Path. The second parking lot will be on the right for the Lock and the third lot is up the hill at the boat launch. A paved path takes you from the boat launch parking lot to the bike trail. Turn right onto the bike path and see clues.
To start from Niskayuna Lions Park [Northern Section]; Take exit 6 off of I-87 to Route 7 west. Route 7 is known locally as Troy Schenectady Rd. Travel about 3 miles west on Route 7 to Rosendale Rd on the right. There will be a Lock 7 sign here also. Follow this road down and bear left at the sharp curve. River Rd heads right, but you continue left. Immediately look right for the park entrance.
To start from the Colonie Town Park Trailside parking lot [Northern Section]; Take exit 7 off of I-87 to Route 7 east. Then take Route 9 north and look for Old Loudon Rd on your left a few miles up. After turning up Old Loudon Rd, take you’re second left onto Schermerhorn Rd. Take this road to the parking lot on your left where the trail crosses.
To start from the Alexander Street parking lot [Central Section]; Follow I-787 north from Albany past Route 7 and take your first left on Tibbits Ave to Cohoes Rd. Head right and take your first left on Bridge St. Turn right on Lincoln Ave, then left up Alexander St. Follow to a small parking lot at the end of the road.
To start from the Cohoes Falls parking lot [Cohoes Heritage Trail]; Follow I-787 north from Albany to Cohoes. Cross Route 32 to New Courtland St which turns into Mohawk St. After a mile look left to spot the parking lot for Cohoes Falls.
To start from Schuyler Flatts Park [Central Section]; 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 [Southern Section]; 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 Erie 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
The Mohawk-Hudson Bikeway connects Albany and Schenectady Counties in New York 's Capital district of upstate New York. The trail is part of the state-wide Erie Canalway Trail. Parts of the trail travel along sections of the old Erie Canal, while other sections run along 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. See; Erie Canalway Trail; Amsterdam-Utica . The Northern Section runs from Pattersonville/Rotterdam Junction to Cohoes alongside the Mohawk River and sections of the Old Erie Canal, as well as following the old rail bed. The Central Section consists of on-road, a Cycle Track and paved trail through Green Island and Watervliet. The Southern Section travels along the Hudson River to Albany. Here you can connect to the Albany County Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail . For more information visit; MOHAWK HUDSON BIKEWAY .
The Mohawk-Hudson Bikeway is part of the Empire State Trail , which 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.
Starting from Kiwanis Park in Rotterdam [Northern Section]:
Note; The Mohawk-Hudson Bikeway travels West alongside a section of the former Erie Canal Towpath for 2.2 miles, crossing Route 5S followed by Mabie Lane before currently ending next to an active railroad line. A tunnel underneath the RR tracks is planned to be constructed in 2020. The only way to connect to the next section in Rotterdam Junction is to backtrack to Mabie Lane for an on-road detour of 1.6 miles. See Map. The Rotterdam Junction section starts from Iroquois St. Here the stone-dust trail continues west through the woods alongside the dried up old canal. After crossing a dirt road (Turnbull Ln) after 0.4 miles the canal is full of water (Wide Water). Cross another dirt road (Leggiero Ln) and continue along the canal out to Main St (Route 5S) after 1.3 miles. Another gap of approximately 1 mile exists west along Route 5S to the Route 5S parking lot in Pattersonville and the start of the Erie Canalway Trail; Amsterdam-Utica .
Heading East from Kiwanis Park; The Mohawk-Hudson Bikeway brings you through open fields near the highway interchange. At 0.4 miles, the trail continues straight, bearing right would take you up to the Route 890 bridge over the Mohawk River to Wyatt's. You travel underneath this bridge and the trail travels above the river with some great views. This part of the trail is rolling hills. You come to Lock 8 and a parking lot at 2 ¼ miles. The locks along the river are operational and if you hang around long enough you might get to see them in operation. Just after 2 ½ miles will be a side path on your left that brings you to a viewing platform overlooking the river. You can see the dam next to Lock 8 if you look upstream. The trail pulls away from the river and you'll come to yellow building with the number 23 at 2.8 miles. The remains of an Erie Canal Lock are located here. You come to another parking lot near I-890 after 3.1 miles. You pick up your river views again after 4 miles and if you look across the highway, you'll see the massive GE building. The trail then descends closer to the river and you pass by a picnic area. You'll come to Columbus Drive Circle after 5 miles. The trail continues left around the circle. You pass by Gateway Landing, which contains a pier and pavilion, and head up to State St (Route 5) at 5.3 miles.
Note; You have two route options from here:
From State St (Route 5); Hang a left and follow the paved Mohawk-Hudson Bikeway alongside State St. You'll come to Washington Ave at 5.4 miles where the paved trail currently ends. Map board located here. Turn left and travel on-road (residential) along Washington Ave. Historic section of town. Lots of old brick and stone buildings. At the end of the street at 5.7 miles you'll pick up the paved trail through Riverside Park. Travels alongside the Mohawk River. Come to Ingersoll Ave at 6 miles.
Note; Future plans call for connecting to the Mohawk Harbor/Alco Heritage Trail up river across the RR tracks. As of June 2019, they are still deciding how best to bypass the tracks.
Head right on-road along Ingersoll Ave (residential) out to Front St and head left on-road past the Front Street Park parking lot and underneath the RR tracks. Turn left down River St to the small River Street parking lot where you'll pick up the Alco Heritage Trail at 6.4 miles. The paved trail heads up above the Mohawk River heading east. You travel between the river and the RIVERS CASINO . Informational boards located along the trail. The trail splits, I stayed straight (right brings you to the casino). The trail curves inland bringing you past Mohawk Harbor out to Harborside Drive and head left. CDPHP CYCLE bikes located here. Travel between the residential/commercial buildings. Cross Harborside Drive.
Note; Heading left leads to a promenade overlooking the Mohawk Harbor Marina.
The trail then exits the complex bringing you to Erie Blvd and Freeman's Bridge at about 7.5 miles. The trail travels underneath Freeman's Bridge where it continues alongside Maxon Rd Extension. The trail crosses some RR tracks before coming to the Mohawk-Hudson Bikeway after 7.9 miles.
From State St (Route 5);
Hang a right and cross over the Western Gateway Bridge. There is a sidewalk over the bridge into
After crossing over the bridge, turn right down
in front of "Jumpin Jacks Drive In" and the paved trail picks again
once you pass it. A good spot to grab some chow. Another paved trail follows
along on the opposite side of the road next to Collins Park. On your right will be
with its outdoor stage, picnic tables, bathrooms and dock. There are also historical
markers along the trail here. The trail ends across from Kiwanis Way, where you can turn left and check out Collins Park & Lake
if you wish. Continue on-road along
Schonowee Ave (low volume traffic) and then turn left when it ends on Washington Ave. Take your next
right down Iroquois St (you'll see a green bike route sign) and follow to where the trail picks up again.
This section of the trail
consists of old pavement and stone dust. You cross an open field following the
power lines and at 6.5 miles go underneath a railroad bridge. At about 7 ¼
miles you cross over
Bridge, a replica canal bridge. The trail ends again at 7 ½ miles next to the
Right simply takes you under the bridge to the opposite side.
Cross over this bridge to Erie Blvd and back to Schenectady. After crossing the bridge you'll pick up the Alco Heritage Trail on your right at 7.3 miles. Continue right (east) underneath the bridge to Maxon Rd Extension. The trail follows alongside the road, crossing over some RR tracks, before coming to the Mohawk-Hudson Bikeway after 7.7 miles.
From Maxon Road Extension [Option A mileage]; The Mohawk-Hudson Bikeway crosses here.
Note; Heading right, the Mohawk-Hudson Bikeway travels through Schenectady with multiple road crossings ending at N Jay St after 1.3 miles. [This was the original route through Schenectady before the Alco Heritage Trail was built]
Heading left the Mohawk-Hudson Bikeway is paved, straight and flat. Cross a bridge over Route 146 at 10.1 miles. Great views of the river from here. Come to the East Street parking lot.
Note; Heading left out to East St, then left again will take you down to Route 146. A paved trail heads right to a pedestrian path on the Rexford Bridge, which crosses the Mohawk River. This leads to a Bike Path alongside Route 146 and ending at Riverview Rd after 0.6 miles.
After 11 miles the trail turns sharply and goes up a steep hill. This is a bypass around the GE Research & Development lot, as well as the Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory. This is the only tough section of the trail. You emerge from the forest in an open meadow and at 11.8 miles pass by a path on your right that leads up to a pavilion of some sort. The trail then takes you up and down past the GE entrance to the Blatnick Town Park entrance at 13.2 miles. A parking lot is located here. Do not continue straight, but instead turn left and follow the road up past the ball fields on your right. You pick up the trail here and take it down to a sharp right hand turn. A gate blocks the old trail that went down alongside the river; instead you head across a field with great river views to a steep descent down to the rivers edge. You now enter a flat, wooded trail that parallels the river. Continuing along the trail, you'll come to a paved path on your left at 14.6 miles that will take you to the Lock 7 parking lot. After checking out the Lock, continue along the trail and you will travel under a red bridge (Ferry Rd) at 15.8 miles. Another ¼ mile brings you past an old railroad mile marker, S9, meaning Schenectady 9.4 miles. At 16.8 miles you come to Niskayuna Lions Park. Here you'll find an old Railroad Station, beach, bathrooms and a parking lot next to the Mohawk River. Continuing east the Mohawk River is on your left along with some marshes. At 17.2 miles, you cross over the town line for Cohoes and leave the river view for a bit. You cross a bridge at 18.8 miles and get the best open views of the river on this section of the trail. Another ¼ mile takes you across Forts Ferry Rd and away from the river into a shaded woodland section. Hold your nose at 19.9 miles as you pass by a sewage treatment plant. There will be a steep hill descent that ends at Island View Rd after 20.8 miles. Here begins a short 0.5 mile on-road section along a quiet residential road. Turn right and follow the well signed road. Travel underneath I-87 Bridge and go up a short hill. This brings you to Dunsbach Ferry Rd. The paved trail picks up again across the street. You'll pass through a sub-division before returning to the rail bed at 21.6 miles. Head left.
Note; Heading right takes you back out to Dunsbach Ferry Rd.
You come to the Colonie Town Park Trailside parking lot at 22.4 miles. Across the road to the left is the park entrance. The trail then runs alongside the Town Park. A tunnel takes you below Route 9 at 23 miles. Note the old railroad mileage marker at 23.7 miles. You come to Manor Ave in Cohoes at 24.2 miles where you'll find a map board.
Note; You can detour down Manor Ave to view Cohoes Falls and follow a trail past sections of the old Enlarged Erie Canal before rejoining the Mohawk Hudson Bikeway further south. You'll bypass only a mile of the Mohawk Hudson Bikeway. See; COHOES HERITAGE TRAIL below.
After crossing over Manor Ave you travel through a couple of tunnels until you reach an old railroad bridge over High St at 25.3 miles.
Note; Just before the High St Bridge a spur trail on your left out to Garner St is where the Cohoes Heritage Trail rejoins the trail.
Cross the bridge and you'll pass by the location of the old High Street RR Station. There is a sign board here that gives you a bit of history of the area. Continuing along the trail you cross over Columbia St via an old RR bridge at 25.6 miles and finally arrive at the Alexander Street parking lot in Cohoes after 26.2 miles.
Note; A gap currently exists, as of Jan 2021, between here and the next section of the bikeway. To reach the next section you'll need to travel on-road.
I haven't checked out this section. Turn left down Alexander St to Lincoln Ave. Spot the green wayfinder sign. Head left to Spring St, then right down across the RR tracks and across Saratoga St (Route 32) [Caution no cross-light]. Follow the sidewalk down Spring St to a cross light over Route 787 where you'll come to the Route 787 Path at 26.6 miles.
Note; I haven't checked this out yet. The Route 787 Path is a paved trail that travels along the east side of Route 787 for 1.1 miles to Saratoga St (Route 32). If you head right on-road along Saratoga St (sidewalk available) you'll cross a bridge over the Mohawk River. When you come to Fulton St on your right after 1.5 miles turn right down this residential road and you'll cross over the Old Champlain Canal. Head right to a parking lot for the start of the Champlain Canalway Trail; Waterford-Halfmoon after 1.8 miles.
Continue south on-road (sidewalk available) along Dyke St. Come to Veterans Memorial Dr on your left after 1 mile.
Note; If you head left down Veterans Memorial Dr you'll come to Cannon St. Turn left (low traffic road) and follow to the start of the Black Bridge Trail after 0.6 miles.
Continue straight along Dyke St (industrial area) and turn left on Tibbits Ave. Just before you reach the Hudson River turn right on George St (residential).
Note; Straight ahead is Lower Hudson Ave Park which sits alongside the Hudson River. Picnic tables and a gazebo. If you are coming from the south along this on-road route you would utilize Hudson Ave (one-way).
George St then takes you through Green Island, underneath Route 7 and out to the intersection of Albany Ave and the Green Island Bridge at 28.7 miles.
Note; Heading left on-road (sidewalk available) across the Hudson River, you cross Starbuck Island followed by the river again. This brings you to Troy. Head right down River St, back to the Hudson River and you'll come to William Chamberlain Riverfront Park after 0.5 miles. See; South Troy Riverfront Trail .
Continue straight on-road along Lower Hudson Ave. Just before coming to I-787, on your left will be Hudson Shores Park.
Note; I haven't checked this out yet. A trail leads through the park alongside the Hudson River. Picnic tables, pavilion, restrooms and some type of moored boat (restaurant?)
Here, Lower Hudson Ave continues as 23rd St where you'll pick up a paved trail that takes you underneath I-787 to Broadway at 29.1 miles. I haven't checked out this section. Here the CYCLE TRACK/Paved path travels south along Broadway from 23rd St to 4th St.
Note; Straight across 4th St is a paved path through Schuyler Flatts Park. See Below.
Turn left along 4th St and you'll come to the 4th Street parking lot after 31 miles.
Starting from the 4th Street parking lot [Southern Section]:
Starting from the 4th Street parking lot; The Mohawk Hudson Bikeway travels south along the river on your left and I-787 on your right. A ½ 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 and just before you travel under the Troy-Menands Bridge (Route 378) spot a path on your right.
Note; This trail leads up to and across the Troy-Menands Bridge (Route 378) to Troy.
You'll come to a picnic area located along the banks of the river at 32.6 miles. Notice the mileage marker located here and others along the trail. I'm not sure what the distance indicated refers to, as it’s much further then the distance to Albany is.
Note; I haven't checked this out yet. Roughly at around 33.2 miles there should be a trail on your right that will take you over I-787 and underneath the on ramp for Exit 6 bringing you to Broadway in Menands.
You'll get some more great views of the river at
33.5 miles where some
benches are located. The trail opens up a bit. Next you travel beneath the I-90 Bridge. Here you get your first views of the Albany
skyline as you pass through the wide open fields of the Corning City
Preserve. You'll pass a picnic area. The trail narrows as it passes between the highway and river. You
reach the Quay Street parking lot at 35 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 35.5 miles, which then brings you into
Park, where a second parking lot is located. There are restrooms located
here. This was once the
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
at 36 miles at Jennings Landing..
This bridge takes you over I-787 and into downtown Albany. There is a granite relief of the
above the promenade and you must check out the artwork that adorns the bridges
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 36.3 miles, a tunnel
under I-787 will take you over to Broadway in Albany. There is also a ramp that
will take up and across the Dunn Memorial Bridge over the Hudson River
where you can access Riverfront Park in Rensselaer. Continue underneath the
Note; The Albany South End Connector connects the Mohawk Hudson Bikeway south to the Albany County Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail .
I haven't checked out this section. A combination of paved trails and separated BIKE LANES known as "Cycle Track" travel 1.5-2 miles connecting the two trails.
SCHUYLER FLATTS PARK:
Starting from Schuyler
Park in Watervliet; There is a map of the park in the
Heading right along the path on the
Trail you will come to a signboard describing the
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.
Right is a short section of paved
trail that abruptly ends.
Turn left which will bring you to 4th Street.
Note; If you wish to connect to the Central Section of the Mohawk Hudson Bikeway cross the road where the paved Mohawk Hudson Bikeway heads north alongside Broadway.
Note; If you wish to connect to
the Southern Section of the Mohawk Hudson Bikeway
along 4th St 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.
COHOES HERITAGE TRAIL:
The Cohoes Heritage Trail is a detour off the Mohawk-Hudson Bikeway that allows you to check out FALLS VIEW PARK on the Mohawk River, as well as, some remaining sections of the old Enlarged Erie Canal and Clintons Ditch, its precursor. Your also able to check out the Harmony Mills Historic District. A few short hills are involved, as well as, some on-road sections (low traffic/residential).
Starting from the Manor Ave/Mohawk-Hudson Bikeway intersection; Head left (east) down Manor Ave. This is on-road down a short hill (narrow sidewalk available). This brings you to N Mohawk St after only 0.2 miles. The Mohawk Towpath Scenic Byway also travels along N Mohawk St.
Note; If you head left up N Mohawk St it will bring you to views of a dam across the Mohawk River, as well as, the start of the "power canal" that diverts water from the river for power. This is about a 0.5 mile on-road detour.
Heading right along N Mohawk St a wide sidewalk is available. You'll come to the Falls View Park parking lot at 0.3 miles. Across the road is FALLS VIEW PARK [No biking allowed in the park] . There are informational signs giving the history of the area, a pedestrian bridge over the "power canal", picnic tables and overlooks of Cohoes Falls. After checking out the falls, return to the Falls View Park parking lot [Re-zeroing mileage] and head up the grassy knoll at the back of the parking lot. An old inlaid stone and grass path travels left past the remnants of Lock 18 which was part of the Enlarged Erie Canal. After the Lock, follow an asphalt path down to Church St. Follow Church St out to N Mohawk St and follow the sidewalk right past Craner Park. Turn left at the crosswalk over N Mohawk St and you'll come to School St. Head straight down School St where you'll pick up a stone-dust path that affords you a nice overlook of Cohoes Falls. The path then travels high above the Mohawk River and bringing you out to Cataract St. Head straight back out to N Mohawk St. Cross the street [Caution no crosswalk] and head left. This will bring you to Clinton's Ditch Plaza and the official start of the Cohoes Heritage Trail at 0.6 miles. Here you'll find a map board and informational signs. A grate lets you view Clinton's Ditch below. A paved trail, which turns to stone-dust travels up past Craner Park and alongside Harmony St past the old brick Harmony Mills. Come to Vliet St after 0.9 miles.
Note; You may take a quick detour left down Vliet St to N Mohawk St (only 0.1 miles). Here you'll find the Harmony Mills Historic District. Beautiful old brick Harmony Mill buildings to your left and remnants of Clintons Ditch to your right. Clintons Ditch (1825-1842) was the precursor to the Enlarged Erie Canal (1842-1915).
Crosswalk over Vliet St where the paved/stone-dust trail continues. Pass by Lock 15 of the Enlarged Erie Canal and you'll come to another map board at 1.1 miles.
Note; A spur trail on your left leads to Cayuga St and the Cohoes Community Center.
The trail ends at Standish Pl (low traffic) where the canal disappears. Follow this road out to Ontario St and head right up a small hill to High St. Turn right up High St, then right on Garner St. You'll come to a crosswalk that brings you to a short connecting path on your left leading to the Mohawk-Hudson Bikeway at 1.6 miles [1.9 miles from Manor Ave/Mohawk-Hudson Bikeway intersection].
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