The New Empire State Trail

Clermont State Park

Calling all hikers, bikers, runners and outdoor lovers.

The scenic ‎natural beauty that spans every corner of this state is key to our prosperity, vital to our future and part of who we are as New Yorkers.

That’s why as part of my 2017 State of the State proposals, I put forth a plan to complete the Hudson River Valley Greenway and Erie Canalway trails by 2020 to create the Empire State Trail.

The new Empire State Trail will span 750 miles from the New York Harbor up through the Adirondack Mountains to the Canadian border — and from the shores of Lake Erie along the historic Erie Canal to the heart of the Capital Region.

It will be the largest state multi-use trail in the nation.

To achieve this, we will develop 350 miles of new trail in three phases to create a pathway for hiking and biking along scenic vistas and through charming, historic communities.

Historic Kingston Watefront

New York’s existing Hudson River Valley Greenway and the Erie Canalway are two of the most renowned multi-use trailways in the United States, but both remain unfinished.

With this proposal, remaining gaps will be completed, connecting the two trails to establish the New York Empire State Trail.

The new trail will provide residents and visitors alike unprecedented access to New York’s outdoor treasures, driving tourism and economic activity to communities across the state, and help to protect our environmental resources for generations to come.