Trail Description: Waterford, located at the junction of the Hudson River, Champlain Canal, Mohawk River and Erie Canal, is the start of the Champlain Canalway Trail. The Champlain Canalway Trail is entirely located along the Old Champlain Canal and is nearly fully developed throughout the Town and Village of Waterford. The trail runs from Old Champlain Lock 4 at the southern point of the Town and just east of Route 32. It continues north along the Old Champlain Canal for about 1.25 miles to the 4th Street Bridge into the Village. The trail continues from the Erie Canal Lock 2 Park north for about 0.35 miles before it reaches the Village border just after the Old Champlain Canal Weighlock and the overhead railroad bridge. It then continues north for about 1.9 miles to the Town’s border with the Town of Halfmoon.

Empire State Trail: The Empire State Trail will follow the same path as the Champlain Canalway Trail through Waterford.

Hudson River/Champlain Canal Access Points: Schaghticoke Municipal Boat Launch; Peebles Island State Park; Battery Park in Waterford Canal Harbor; 123rd Street Launch; Troy Motorboat and Canoe Club; 111th Street Launch.

Public Facilities: Waterford Harbor Visitor Center; Waterford Historical Museum and Cultural Center; Urger Canal Tugboat historic teaching & touring vessel); Peebles Island State Park; Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor Visitor Center; Flight of Locks; Lock E2 and E6 State Canal Parks; Old Champlain Canal Locks 4 and 5; Old Champlain Canal Weighlock; and Old Champlain Canal Sidecut Locks.

Public Events: Waterford Canal Fest; Waterford Steamboat Meet; Waterford Dragon Boat Festival; and Waterford Tugboat Roundup.

Connector Trails:

State Bike Route 9: On-road signed route along Route 4, an All-American Road.

Flight of Locks Trail: Follows Locks E3 – E6 from Division Street to Flightlock Road.

Black Bridge Trail: An important connection between the Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike Trail and the Champlain Canalway Trail.

Uncle Sam Bikeway: A 3.5-mile multiuse path that begins at the Waterford Bridge and continues on a former railroad bed running north-south beginning at Middleburgh Street and ending at Northern Drive in the City of Troy.

Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike Trail: A Bike-Hike Trail connecting Albany and Schenectady Counties on the south side of the Mohawk River to the Erie Canal Trail.

Peebles Island State Park: Peebles Island Loop Trail.

Local Planning Support:

  • Town & Village of Waterford Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (2010)
  • Town of Waterford Comprehensive Plan (2016)

Implementation Strategy:

The Empire State Trail is funding construction of the two remaining trail segments in Waterford. These segments will connect and extend existing but isolated trails which will create a continuous off-road trail running 7 miles from Broad Street/Route 32 in Waterford to the intersection of Route 4 and Main Street just south of Mechanicville.