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Tour the Towpath

July 30 - July 31

Looking for an adventurous way to experience New York’s brand new Empire State Trail? Join us for the 5th annual Tour the Towpath bicycle ride along the Historic Old Erie Canal from Rome to Syracuse. Experience 42 miles of beautiful, off-road trail riding AND the new Empire State Trail through Syracuse. Explore historic communities built around the Erie Canal. Complete the ride in one or two days with camping accommodations at the mid-point in Canastota.

Numerous special events will occur over the weekend for riders including tours of the Canastota Canal Town Museum, music and a car show at ZEMS on Saturday night, blacksmith demonstrations at Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum, an after party at the Erie Canal Museum on Sunday afternoon, and the Syracuse Arts and Crafts Festival right down the street from the endpoint, to name a few. Cyclists will also be provided with a ride guide including coupons to special deals at local businesses!

The ride begins at 9AM each day, with registration on July 30 beginning at 8AM. On trail ride support is provided by the team at Mello-Velo Bike Shop and Café. Day 1 begins at the Erie Canal Village, 5789 Rome-New London Rd, Rome, NY 13440 and concludes at ZEMS Ice Cream, 124 W Hickory St, Canastota, NY 13032, where camping facilities will be provided. Day 2 begins at ZEMS and goes to the Erie Canal Museum, 318 Erie Blvd E, Syracuse, NY 13202. Please make arrangements in advance for getting to and from start/end points. Accommodations will be available to shuttle gear to camp site and end site. Click here for some FAQs.

$50 for the first rider and $30 for each additional rider in a party.

Members can receive a $10 discount to total order – email to get your coupon code.

This event is made possible through the generous support of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor.


July 30
July 31
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