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.

Champlain Canal Trail

The Mechanicville trail section generally follows the path of the Old Canal. To the south the trail intersects with the Zim Smith Trail. To the north the trail continues near Mulberry Street and Best Avenue. Once the trail crosses over to Main Street, its path follows 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

The Empire State Trail follows the same footprint as State Bike Route 9 along Route 4 up to the intersection of Route 4/32 and South Main Street then will reconnect 4/32 north of the city center. The route is marked and signed.

Hudson River/Champlain Canal Access Points

  • Mechanicville City Dock – free public docking, kayak launch, access to water, power, pump out facility, restrooms, and gathering space with seating and picnic tables

Sites To Visit

Local Business (listings greater than a mile from the trail in bold)



  • Adventure Bound Camping Resorts 2.5 miles over the Hudson River via Dear Run Drive
  • Check Air B&B & VRBO for listings
  • Hotels in Saratoga, Ballston Spa, Cohoes, Troy and Albany +5 miles from Village of Mechanicville on/off trail urban


Connector Trails:

  • Zim Smith Trail A 13-mile paved and stone dust trail runs along the former rail bed of the D&H Railroad corridor from Ballston Spa to the Champlain Canal Trail in Mechanicville. There is a trail head at Coons Crossing Road in Halfmoon
  • State Bike Route 9 On-road signed route along Route 4 nationally-designated as an All American Road.

Ballston Spa … 13 miles via Zim Smith Trail