About Tour the Towpath

Tour the Towpath is a two day recreational supported bike ride along the world famous Erie Canal! 


Tour the Towpath  follows the off-road Old Erie Canal Towpath trail for 36 miles from DeWitt to Rome, NY. There are options to complete the ride in either one or two days. 

What You Will See and Do

There are lots of organized and spontaneous things to discover along the way! Tour the Towpath is a family friendly event and open to cyclists of all abilities. Riders will receive a map and guide to the many attractions, museums, restaurants, shops, and historic sites that they can explore in the communities between Rome and Syracuse.

Ride Support

Tour the towpath is a supported ride. Skilled mechanics from Syracuse Bicycle will be riding with the group and can fix most minor technical bicycle issues. Event staff will also be on hand in case a rider has a more serious bike issue, or does not wish to finish the ride. Riders can call staff at any time with any issue during the ride. 

Luggage Transportation

Luggage Transportation is available for overnight riders so that they don't have to carry tents, sleeping bags, or other items. Riders wishing to use this service will drop off their luggage at the registration table. 





Two Day- September 15-16, 2018
One Day- September 16, 2018


Two Day- DeWitt to Rome with an overnight in Canastota.  (start at Old Erie Canal State Historic Park Trailhead in DeWitt at 10:00am)
One Day- Canastota to Rome (start at Zems Ice Cream in Canastota at 9am) 


Two Day
$35/adult & $18 (U18) ($40 after 9/1/18) 

One DayTwo Day
$25/adult & $15 (under 18) ($30 after 9/1/18)

*Prices on event day will be $45 for Two Day riders and $35 for One Day Riders

Bike Rental

A few local bike shops offer a bike rental service. Riders who wish to rent a bike should coordinate with these outfitters. 

My favorite thing about Tour the Towpath was...

“The slow pace as well as the history of the canal we could experience during the ride.”


“The atmosphere of the canal. Mike, the blacksmith at the Canal Museum at Chittenango, and the ease of the ride for my two daughters, who were on their first ride.”


“Hard to single out one thing. Camaraderie, exceptional organization, challenging exercise (for me), and of course, the Canal itself.”

"There was a lot!  It was great to visit the towns on a Sunday when there is much less car traffic than during the weekdays. And seeing the countryside at 12 mph really allows you to "see" it a lot better. The entire ride was very peaceful and a great way to enjoy the outdoors- we saw many different birds, fish, and turtles. We really enjoyed stopping at the Chittenango Landing Museum." 

"The casual at-your-own-pace approach, how detailed the info was about what to do at the turn-offs, and the enthusiasm of the crew leading it."

"Meeting people and learning history."