Biking and Hiking
The Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike Trail provides a unique recreational resource-a long off-road paved bicycle path-unavailable in most parts of the Country. All non-motorized uses such as walking/running, bicycling, and in-line skating are permitted. The trail begins within the hamlet of Pattersonville in the Town of Rotterdam and travels eastward to the Erastus Corning Riverfront Preserve in downtown Albany.
Built during the late 1970's and early 1980's, the trail was constructed directly upon the old Erie Canal towpath and former railroad grades of the area's first transportation routes. At approximately 35 miles in length, the Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike Trail is one of the longest paved rail-trails in the United States. In Schenectady County alone, the trail is about 25 miles long and completely continuous except for a short gap in Rotterdam Junction and a 1.25 mile gap in the City of Schenectady where the trail traverses local streets through the Stockade Historic District. This seventeenth-century neighborhood is one of the nation's oldest and most significant cultural resources relating to early European settlement.
As you ride, jog or stroll along various sections of the Bike-Hike Trail you will encounter many wonderful natural settings including some spectacular views of the scenic Mohawk and Hudson Rivers. But make sure you take notice of the numerous historic sites associated with this ancient travel corridor including the remnants of the Erie Canal. These aqueducts, towpaths and locks are among the oldest canal features in North America. Also, please take the time to explore the community and take advantage of the many cultural sites, parks, restaurants and lodging opportunities available near the trail. The serenity of travelling through this linear shaded green space will be an experience we guarantee you will enjoy.
Rules of the Trail
- Extend courtesy to all trail users and respect their rights.
- Bicyclist must yield to pedestrians.
- Let other users know when you are about to pass them. Use a bell, horn or politely announce passing on your left.
- Yield to oncoming and passing traffic when riding side-by-side.
- Be aware when crossing at road intersections.
- Helmets are strongly recommended for cyclists. Since June 1994, New York State mandates that all bicycle riders under the age of 14 wear an approved helmet. Violators of this ordinance are subject to a $50 fine.
- Dogs are allowed only on certain sections of the trail and must be leashed at all times.
CLICK HERE to view the Mohawk-Hudson Bike Trail 2018 Feasibilty Report
Alco Heritage Trail
In 2016, the Schenectady County Legislature formally created the Alco Heritage Trail, a 1.3 mile multi-use path along the Mohawk River from the north side of Maxon Raod, under Freeman's Bridge and through Mohawk Harbor to River Street in the City of Schenectady. The trail is part of the regional Mohawk-Hudson Bike Trail and statewide Canalway Trail.
The trail is on the site of the former American Locomotive Company (Also) and honors the thousands of Schenectadians who helped shape transportation and military history through their work at Alco. From 1847 to 1969, the Alco plant in Schenectady built some of the biggest and best locomotives the world has ever known. Tanks manufactured by Alco played a major role in helping the United States win World War II.
“From Casey Jones to Big Boy, from the Golden Spike to the first passenger railroad in the country, Alco played a major role in American History. The new Alco Heritage Trail tells the story of how Schenectady became the city that lights and hauls the world." - Gary Hughes, Majority Lead of the Schenectady County Legislature and Chairman of the Legislature’s Committee on Economic Development.