Americans might not be able to cross the Canadian border right now, but at least they can walk and bike right up to the edge thanks to this new trail. The Empire State Trail is a 750-mile-long hiking and cycling path across New York, going all the way from New York City to the Canadian border, and from Lake Erie to the Capital District.
The project, which was announced in 2017, is set to be completed by the end of 2020. It builds on two existing but previously disconnected trails with 350 miles of new paths connecting near Albany. It will consist of three sections called the Hudson Valley Greenway (linking NYC to Albany), the Erie Canalway Trail (between Buffalo and Albany), and the Champlain Valley Trail (between the Capital District and the Canadian border south of Montreal). Nearly nine million residents and tourists are projected to visit the trail each year.
When New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the trail’s construction in 2017, he said, “The Empire State Trail, once completed, will be the nation’s largest state multi-use trail network, providing residents and visitors alike unprecedented access to New York’s outdoor treasures, driving tourism and economic activity to communities across the state and helping to protect our environmental resources for generations to come.”