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Walk or cycle from NYC to Canada on the new Empire State Trail

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The Empire State Trail, a 750-mile hiking and cycling path across New York, is set to be completed by the end of 2020, providing a new way for residents and visitors to enjoy the outdoors during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The trail runs in a sideways T-shape, from New York City to the Canadian border and from Lake Erie to the Capital District.

The project was announced by Governor Andrew Cuomo in 2017 and builds on two existing, but previously disconnected, trails with 350 miles of new pathway, connecting near Albany

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. A recent study predicted that nearly nine million residents and tourists will visit the trail annually, and because most of the paths already exist, walkers and cyclists can access it now, even before the full trail is officially opened.
Hikers on the Champlain Valley Trail
Hikers on Champlain Mountain with Frenchman Bay below. © National Geographic Image Collection/Alamy Stock Photo

“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,” Governor Cuomo said in his 2017 State of the State address when the project was launched.

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The Hudson Valley Trail is one of three sections on the Empire State Trail
A cyclist rides along the Hudson Valley Rail Trail near Amenia, New York © DON EMMERT/AFP via Getty Images

The Empire State Trail will be a showcase of the state’s beautiful landscapes and historic sites, including Schodack Island State Park, Fort Ticonderoga, Buffalo Harbor State Park and the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge, as well as wineries, breweries and other cultural attractions. The three sections of the trail are named the Hudson Valley Greenway, which starts in Battery Park in Manhattan; the Erie Canalway Trail, which runs between Buffalo and the Capital District around Albany; and the Champlain Valley Trail, between the Capital District and Canada. The trail is open to all ages and abilities, and it is ADA compliant.

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