MOHAWK-HUDSON BIKEWAY SOUTH:
ALBANY-WATERVLIET, NEW YORK
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Last Updated: June 29, 2005
Bikeway South; 6 miles
Schuyler Flatts Cultural Park to Mohawk-Hudson Bikeway; 0.7 miles
Schuyler Flatts Cultural Park Loop Trail; ¾ miles
Difficulty: Easy. Paved, flat trail.
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
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 .
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 Schuyler Flatts Park in Watervliet:
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 St.
Note; If you wish to connect to the northern section of the Mohawk Hudson Bikeway head left along an on-road detour (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 Mohawk Hudson 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
[Re-zeroing mileage] 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, 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 it’s much further then the distance to Albany
is. You'll get some more great views of the river at 2 ½ 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 ½ 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 ¼ miles after which the pavement
improves. The trail narrows as it passes between the highway and river. You
reach the Quay Street 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 ½ 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 4.9 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 5 ¼ 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; Future plans call for construction of the South End Bikeway Link which will connect the Mohawk Hudson Bikeway south to the Albany County Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail .
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