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New York's Most Scenic and Historic Roads and Byways


New York's Most Scenic and Historic Roads and Byways

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Seaway Trail Scenic Byway - New York

Trail through New York and Pennsylvania runs along the scenic shoreline of Lake Erie, the Niagara River, Lake Ontario, and the Saint Lawrence River. Featuring 454 miles of the 518-mile byway, the New York section of the byway includes a mixture of historic sites, lighthouses, scenic landscapes, large cities, and quaint villages. The shores of Lake Ontario and Lake Erie also offer lots of opportunities for water-based recreation. Among the areas of interest include the 20-mile Chautauqua-Lake Erie Wine Trail, the Dunkirk Historical Lighthouse, Fort Niagara State Historic Park, Fort Ontario State Historic Site, Harriet Tubman's Home, Niagara Falls, the Strong Museum & National Toy Hall of Fame, Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Historic Site, Thousand Islands, and the cities of Buffalo and Rochester.

Start and Endpoint: The New York section of byway runs from the Pennsylvania state line near Ripley along the shores of Lake Erie, then north along the Niagara River to the shores of Lake Ontario. From there it follows the entire southern and eastern shore of Lake Ontario to Cape Vincent and then runs along the Saint Lawrence River to its northern terminus at Rooseveltown, near the Canadian border.

For further information, contact: Seaway Trail, Inc.

Lakes to Locks Passage

Paralleling Lake Champlain and the Champlain Canal, the 234-mile byway offers scenic vistas and access to numerous historic sites that tell the story of North America's oldest commercial waterway and the Lake Champlain Region. Historic sites include Saratoga National Historical Park, Old Fort House Museum, Mount Defiance, Fort Ticonderoga, and Crown Point State Historic Site. State parks and preserves offer hiking trails, lakeside beaches, and opportunities for wildlife viewing. The Champlain Trail Bikeways are known as some of the best cycling trails in the country.

Start and Endpoint: Byway runs in a north/south direction from Waterford to Rouses Point, NY, on the Canadian border.

For further information, contact: Lakes to Locks Passage Inc.

Mohawk Towpath Scenic Byway

The 28-mile byway follows both the Erie Canal and the Mohawk River through the Schenectady region, offering many scenic, recreational and historic resources. Architecture from the 18th and 19th centuries endures today, highlighting the canal culture era that changed this region. Today, bikers and hikers can travel the byway's canal-side paths where mules and horses once towed barges.

Start and Endpoint: Paralleling the Mohawk River, byway begins at the intersection of NY 4 and NY 32 in Waterford, passes through Cohoes and Crescent, and ends at the intersection of State Street and NY 5 in Schenectady. An alternate loop route from NY 9 in Crescent returns to Waterford, joining the main designation at the intersection of NY 32.

For further information, contact: Mohawk Towpath Scenic Byway Coalition Inc.

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