The state of New York in the USA has opened its new cycling and hiking trail, enabling visitors to explore ‘New York’s extraordinary experiences, people, and places’, from Manhattan, New York City all the way to the Canadian border.
1. Empire State Trail
Empire State Trail project was first launched in 2017 by Governor Andrew Cuomo to promote outdoor recreation, encourage healthy lifestyles, support community vitality, and bolster tourism-related economic development. The 1207 kilometres multipurpose trail has now been completed and offers visitors the opportunity to explore New York’s special places, diverse history, and iconic landscapes from the southern tip of Manhattan to the Canadian border.
2. Cultural attractions
The Empire State Trail connects 643km of previously unlinked off-road trails within the state’s network, 273km of upgraded on-road bicycle routes (with bike racks) as well as nearly 289km of additional new off-road tracks. The route not only offers a great opportunity for outdoor enthusiasts, but also take visitors to a variety of popular cultural attractions such as Hudson River Valley Greenway, Champlain Valley and Erie Canalway Trail, with overnight lodging also available at various accommodations along the way.
The #EmpireStateTrail, the nation’s longest multi-use state trail, is now open for use. The new recreational trail runs from New York City through the Hudson & Champlain valleys to Canada, and from Albany to Buffalo along the #ErieCanal. Find maps + info: https://t.co/usS4IAam67 pic.twitter.com/PgUemg4701— NYS Canal Corp. (@NYSCanalCorp) January 26, 2021
3. Craft beer, wineries, and distilleries
As well as exploring the picturesque sites along the trail there is also the added attraction of the flourishing craft beer, wineries, and distilleries scene in New York State, including hundreds of facilities located within 10 miles of the Empire State Trail route. State officials have partnered with brewers to create an Empire State Trail Brewery Passport, allowing people to earn stamps along the way, and the NYS Brewers Association has developed an App for IOS mobile devices which shows all craft breweries near to the trail.
Explore the state’s 480+ breweries with the Official New York State Craft Beer App!— New York State Craft Beer (@NYScraftbeer) April 15, 2021
Collect double the stamps & earn NEW rewards by visiting breweries located along the scenic Empire State Trail.
DOWNLOAD THE APP: https://t.co/9PLEpRIuAo @ilovenys#thinkNYdrinkNY #EarnYourBeer pic.twitter.com/QM3xzZFck9
4. A unique trail
The Empire State Trail welcomes bicyclists and walkers of all ages and abilities, enabling them to experience the beautiful and unique Empire State, from its urban centres to its rural communities, exploring its diverse history in an engaging way which both promotes a healthy holiday and respects our environment.