Trail Description: The Town of Halfmoon is a rural residential bedroom community of over 23,000 residents. The Town’s demography has led to the expanding demand for hiking and biking trails that serve as connectors to all of the Town’s recreational assets and open spaces. The Town’s trail system includes three distinctive sections along the Champlain Canal/Hudson River. When complete, this corridor will contain a continuous 6-mile stone dust hike/bike trail. The first two segments are entirely completed and form a continuous 4-mile stone dust trail that is in active use. From the south, it extends north from the southern town border near School House Lane just south of the boundary with Town of Waterford continuing north to Upper Newtown Road. This stone dust trail has uniform wayfinding and instructive signage, including interactive QR code signage and is bordered by wooden fencing. The third trail segment is about 2-miles in length and is in the design stage. A fourth segment, now under development, is a connector trail from the Brookwood Road trailhead to Lighthouse Park.
Empire State Trail: The Empire State Trail will follow the Champlain Canalway Trail through the entire Town of Waterford. EST will be responsible for off-road signage while NYSDOT will be responsible for on-road signage, striping and wayfinding enhancements.
Hudson River/Champlain Canal Access Points: Lock C1 Canal Park; Lighthouse Park (kayak dock, lockers and storage, open-air pavilion, public restrooms, accessible pathways, and benches.
Public Facilities:McDonald’s Historic Waste Weir and Old Lock 7.
Public Events: Community Night; Trunk or Treat; and Winter Carnival.
State Bike Route 9:US Route 4 on-road bike route.
Waterfront Connection Trail: Connects Brookwood Trail and Lighthouse Park.
Crescent Road Multi-Use Trail: Connects Halfmoon with Clifton Park.
Crescent Trail along Mohawk River: Also connects to the Erie Canal Towpath Community Connector.
Upper Newtown Link: Connects Halfmoon Town Park and Open Space areas.
Local Planning Support:
- Town of Halfmoon Comprehensive Plan (2003)
- Town of Halfmoon Trails Master Plan (2006)
- Town of Halfmoon Natural Resource and Open Space Conservation Plan (2010)
Implementation Strategy: Complete design, engineering and construction underway for Upper Newtown Road to Farm to Market Road/Route 146. Seek a rural connection from the trail’s north terminus northwest to the Zim Smith Trail near Elizabeth Street in Mechanicville. Obtain necessary permits and construct required road and railroad track crossings.