The Basic Route
The route from Rome to DeWitt is off-road within the 36 mile Old Erie Canal State Historic Park where participants can cycle along the original 200 year old Erie Canal waterway. The leisurely two day group ride encourages participants to explore the historic trail, charming canal communities, and rich collection of museums and historic sites between Rome and Syracuse. Bike support, transportation services, overnight accommodations, free museum tours, food/water, festivities, and historic and natural history interpretations are included in the experience. Riders who stay overnight in the Village of Canastota will have access to wonderful restaurants, museums and entertainment. The Village of Canastota will offer free admission to the Canastota Canal Boat Museum and the International Boxing Hall of Fame, free live entertainment and hospitality to riders. See the "Communities" page for ideas about what to see and do in all of the canal side communities.
Ten Mile Guided Extension through Syracuse
Once in DeWitt, the western terminus of the Old Erie Canal State Historic Park, riders will have the option to continue riding on-road for an additional 10 miles to the Inner Harbor in Syracuse. Riders who choose the extended ride will be guided by project team members who are working to connect a critical gap in the Erie Canalway Trail through Syracuse. These guides will explain the innovative project which is actively working to solicit and implement planning and design ideas to enhance this part of the Erie Canalway Trail. This interactive experience provides an opportunity for riders to give feedback about the future trail directly to project managers. All participants are invited to attend the World Canals Conference kick-off celebration at the Inner Harbor in Syracuse after the ride. This ride meets at 1:00 pm on Sunday August 24th at the trailhead in DeWitt.