Trail Description: The City of Mechanicville was profoundly shaped by the development of the Battles of Saratoga in 1777, Old Champlain Canal in 1823, and the Rensselaer and Saratoga Railroad in 1835. By 1900, the City had become a transitional area for the regional interchange of commerce. Today the Old Champlain Canal is buried under the City’s street infrastructure and no longer visible. The Mechanicville trail section will generally follow the path of the Old Canal beginning at the end of the Town of Halfmoon trail in the southern end near the Saratoga County Sewer Plant and ending at the northern edge of the City near Mulberry Street and Best Avenue. Once the trail crosses over to Main Street, it will continue along the existing sidewalk network through the downtown to where the street connects with Rt 4/32 again at the Saratoga Avenue/North Central Avenue/North Main Street intersection. Mechanicville is a designated Lakes to Locks Passage Waypoint Community where visitors are encouraged to take advantage of this entirely walkable downtown commercial district.
Empire State Trail: State Bike Route 9 along Route 4 will continue as an on-road bicycle route and be marked and signed as the official route for the Empire State Trail. At the intersection of Route 4/32 and South Main Street, South Main Street will become the Empire State Trail until the intersection with 4/32 in the north section of the City. The road will be marked and signed as required.
Hudson River/Champlain Canal Access Points: Mechanicville City Dock which has free public docking, kayak launch, access to water, power, pump out facility, restrooms, and gathering space with seating and picnic tables.
Public Facilities:Champlain (Barge) Canal and Lock 3; XO Tower along the CSX rail line, new home for the Mechanicville-Stillwater Area Chamber of Commerce; and City Dock.
Public Events: Canadian Pacific Holiday Train; Annual Family Day in the Park; Mechanicville Library Farmers Market.
State Bike Route 9: On-road signed route along Route 4, a nationally-designated All American Road.
Zim Smith Trail: This 10.2-mile paved and stone dust trail runs along the former rail bed of the D & H North South Railroad corridor from Ballston Spa to Coons Crossing Road in Halfmoon. It serves as the primary trail north-south multi-use trail spine through Saratoga County. The 3-mile segment from Coons Crossing Road to the intersection with the Champlain Canalway Trail in Mechanicville is planned for construction in 2019.
Local Planning Support:
- City of Mechanicville Comprehensive Plan (2000)
- City of Mechanicville Downtown Revitalization Plan (2006)
- Downtown Revitalization Grant Project (2009)
- Central Avenue Corridor Linkage Study (2009)
- City of Mechanicville Waterfront and Downtown Revitalization Plan (2009)
- City of Mechanicville Revitalization Initiative (2012)
Implementation Strategy: This section of the CCT is under development and will require a formal agreement between the City of Mechanicville and the Town of Stillwater. Along Main Street the trail will need signage and a designated bike lane or shared lane markings for bicyclists. Plans for striping on Main Street are already underway to improve the flow of traffic.