The Empire State Trail, in Photos:

Beautiful Images from the newest trail






Empire State Trail Photos:

A collection of beautiful images from New York State’s 750-mile hiking and biking trail

As an avid cyclist, the long-distance rail trails and canalways that now crisscross the country especially speak to me.  But — and I hate to say it — a trail can become monotonous without variety.  Or if the trail rolls on, unbroken, without towns and services along the way.


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So when I’m looking for a new trail to try, I look for variety.  I refer to images online and in brochures to discover new trails.  I imagine I’m not alone.

Hung with vines and greenery, an aqueduct spans Limestone Creek in Fayetteville, NY, along the Erie Canalway Trail, part of the longer Empire State Trail in New York State.

A cyclist rides along the top of a bridge that spans Limestone Creek in Fayetteville, New York. The Limestone Aqueduct, shown, remains, a piece of the old canal engineering.

As I tagged along the annual Cycle the Erie Canal Tour, I marveled at the variety in the Canalway’s landscape.  Long tunnels of green yielded abruptly to wide farmlands.  Little villages with no more than a church and a corner deli lay between larger brick-building factory towns that characterize the “belt” of Upstate New York.  Sometimes the canal rolled alongside the path.  Often it disappeared into forest or field.

I can easily say that the Erie Canalway Trail lacks not for variety or amenities!  The same holds true for the Empire State Trail.

Many picturesque towns and local businesses sit along the Canalway.  The north-south portion of the developing Empire State Trail also connects villages and attractions. If you live or work in a lucky “trail town”, opportunity knocks!  Take full advantage; make sure to use beautiful imagery in your local advertising and promotion.

Empire State Trail photos: A colorful cyclist rides past a large painted mural along the Erie Canalway Trail, part of New York's new Empire State Trail.

A cyclist rides past a colorful mural along the Erie Canalway in  New York. The trail, picturesque as it is, also links historical sites, canal information and services, and small towns that serve the needs of tourists on multi-day journeys.

One of the Largest Collections of Trailway Images

I’m building a large and growing collection of Empire State Trail photos, and would love to share them with you, your Chamber of Commerce or marketing department.  Just contact me if you’re looking for something specific.  If I don’t have what you’re looking for, I will make myself available to shoot it for you!

An early-morning jogger runs along the Erie Canal near Green Lakes State Park in Manlius, New York. Morning sunshine streams in through the trees along the future Empire State Trail.A jogger runs alongside a beautiful stretch of the Erie Canal in Manlius, New York. Green Lakes State Park borders the trail here.  It offers the perfect place to pitch a tent (or rent a cabin) for the night before continuing along the trail in the morning.  When the Empire State Trail is officially opened, multi-day travelers along the pathway will need overnight accommodation.

Show off what your region has to offer.   Use Empire State Trail photos to show the variety of landscapes, shops, towns, history and architecture. Leave plenty of space for text!  Mix it up with aerials, detail shots, wide “context” pictures, “people” photos.  Most of all, appeal to visitors who will be showing friends and family where they’re headed.

A cyclist rides past a red door of a houseboat, used as a home, in summer, along the Erie Canalway Trail, part of the longer Empire State Trail in New York State.

The same owner has occupied this houseboat for thirty years. The home rests, permanently ashore, along the Erie Canalway — part of the soon-to-be-completed Empire State Trail — in Camillus, New York.