Empire State Trail is now complete
MidHudsonNews [dot] com is reporting the Empire State Trail is now fully open. The trail covers 750 miles, 75 percent made up of off-road trails for cyclists, hikers, runners, cross-country skiers and snow-shoers, running from New York City through the Hudson and Champlain valleys to Canada, and from Albany to Buffalo along the Erie Canal. The trail is expected to draw 8.6 million residents and tourists annually. Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul said, “The completion of the 750-mile state trail not only makes physical connections between locations across the state, but it also continues to build on how we are reimagining our natural wonders and historic corridors as a source of recreation, economic development and tourism in New York state.” Recently completed rail trail projects include the Albany-Hudson Electric Trail. The Hudson River Valley Greenway constructed 36 miles of off-road and on-road trails from the city of Rensselaer to the city of Hudson. The $45 million trail follows the historic route of an electric trolley that operated from 1900 to 1929. The corridor is owned by National Grid, which authorized the state to build a trail on the route. Read more about the Empire State Trail at MidHudsonNews [dot] com.