Join us for the 6th anniversary of the award winning Tuesdays on the Towpath recreational bike ride series. In this series, riders will experience sites on or around the Erie Canal at an easy pace. The rides are guided and typically include a speaker who will illuminate history, ecology, future plans, and other topics along the route. 

All rides meet at 6:00 and finish by dark. Rides begin and end at the same location. All riders who have at least some experience on a bike are welcome. Helmets required. These rides are FREE



Ride Schedule

May 22 | Cayuga Waterfront Trail Ride in Ithaca NY sponsored by the Finger Lakes Cycling Club. 

Meet at Cass Park Rink, 701 Taughannock Boulevard (along Route 89 North from Ithaca) Ithaca, NY 14850

Explore the Cayuga Waterfront Trail, the beautiful paved trail that meanders along Ithaca's many waterfronts of Cayuga Lake and its creeks. The 12-mile ride will start in Cass Park, and visit the trailhead of the newly completed Black Diamond Trail, the Ithaca Farmers Market, Inlet Island and Stewart Park. The ride is flat and family friendly with stunning views of the Cayuga Lake, Ithaca College and Cornell University. Post-ride snacks or dinners are available nearby at Maxies Supper Club or the Boatyard Grill. Click for a map of the Cayuga Waterfront Trail. Meeting place and parking are by the location number 8 in the map. Local Contact and Trip Leader: Doug Dylla  /  Cell: 607-229-7420  /  Email:


June 12 | Rome Ride hosted by Fort Stanwix and Rome Historical Society

Meet at Bellamy Harbor, 139 East Whitesboro St, Rome, NY  

This ride will visit some of the earliest canal sites in New York.  Starting at the Bellamy Park on the Barge Canal, riders will trek their way across the historic “Great Oneida Carry.” They will pass numerous historic spots including the site of the Western Inland Lock and Navigation Canal of 1797, the location of where the Erie Canal Groundbreaking took place in 1817, and end at the Fort Bull wasterweir on the Enlarged Erie Canal. This ride is mostly paved on city streets with short runs on improved gravel towpath.  Approximately 11 miles round trip.


June 26 | Syracuse Ride hosted by Erie Canal Museum

Meet at Erie Canal Museum, 318 Erie Blvd. E, Syracuse

Join staff of the Erie Canal Museum on a recreational bike ride along the path of the Syracuse section of the historic Erie Canal, and then up the Onondaga Creekwalk to the Syracuse Inner Harbor. Learn about the 19th century Canal in downtown Syracuse and Syracuse's role on the 20th century Barge Canal. Meet at the Erie Canal Museum, 318 Erie Boulevard East, Syracuse. Helmets required. Free parking in the lot under routes 81 and 690.  


July 10 | Chittenango Ride hosted by Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum

Meet at Chittenango Landing, 717 Lakeport Rd, Chittenango

Join Chittenango Landing for a relaxing ride down the Old Erie Canal Towpath from the museum to Kirkville and back. Along the way riders will enjoy discovering the canal's scenic atmosphere, its incredible history, and its exciting future. Following the ride, cyclists are encouraged to meet in downtown Chittenango at B&D's for refreshments.


RESCHEDULED! to July 31 | Oneida Ride hosted by Oneida Community Mansion House 

Meet at Oneida Community Mansion House, 170 Kenwood Ave, Oneida. End at The Lakeview Restaurant 1017 Golf Course Lane, Oneida, NY 13421. 

Join Oneida Community Mansion House for a recreational bike ride in Kenwood, Sherrill and Oneida. OCMH’s ride will explore the Oneida Community’s impact on the area and look at how the community and region has changed. Learn about the legacy of the area and its future connections to the Erie Canalway Trail via the Oneida Rail Trail.


August 14 | Exploring West Onondaga Creek Walk to Camillus Ride hosted by Camillus Erie Canal Park

Meet at Honeywell's Onondaga Lake Visitor Center at 280 Restoration Way

This ride will show parts of a planned trail system that, once completed, will help to "close the gap" in the Erie Canalway Trail between Camillus and DeWitt. The ride will be led by Travis Glazier, Director of the Office of the Environment for Onondaga County. 

I the event of thunderstorms a talk about future trail improvements will be held at the Honeywell Visitor Center. 

August 21 | DeWitt Ride hosted by Town of DeWitt

Meet at Canalway Trail- Old Erie Canal State Parks Parking Area North Burdick Street, East Syracuse, NY

This is a family friendly ride along the Old Erie Canal Trail and through sites destined for development under Elevating Erie. This route begins and ends at the Old Erie Canal State Park Parking Area on North Burdick Street. From the parking area we will ride through the historic Old Erie Canal Trail and make our way to Towpath Road. After reaching the end of Towpath Road, we will turn around and turn onto Widewaters Parkway toward Shoppingtown Mall. We will make out way back to the Old Erie Canal Trail and end where we began. The ride highlights future development for bicycle infrastructure and connectivity.  The 7 mile recreational  ride takes place on a paved trail and along streets, so a helmet is required.   The route map is available here.

August 28 | Wayne County Ride hosted by Trail Works

Meet at Lock Berlin Canal Park, 9121 Peters Road, Lyons, NY 


September 11 | Fayetteville Ride hosted by Fayetteville Parks Commission

Meet at Canal Landing Park, Fayetteville  

The ride will start in Canal Landing and riders can easily park in the Canal Landing Park.  Riders will travel east on Brooklea Street to Mill Street.  After traveling up a hill the group will stop by the Ledyard Canal. Riders will take a right onto Washington Street and then a left onto Orchard Street.  They will stop at the Chapel Street and discuss more of the Ledyard Canal and the old Stickley Furniture Factory.  They will then take Chapel street along the Grover Cleveland Memorial Park and turn left on Clinton Street.  They will take a quick jog on Walnut Street to the Matilda Joslyn Gage house.  They will then travel back to Clinton to Mill Street and then return to Canal Landing.  They will then ride off road to the Feeder and Erie Canal Towpath. All riders are invited to travel across the East Genesee Street to Papa Gallo for refreshments post ride.

Questions? Contact Derrick Pratt at the Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum: or 315-687-3801