What if you could travel across the state on foot – from top to bottom and one end to the other – using one continuous trail. Say hello to the Empire State Trail. Governor Cuomo just announced intentions to complete a 750-mile trail that will stretch across New York, from NYC to Canada and across to Buffalo, taking joggers, bikers and walkers past small towns, historical areas and green spaces all across the state.
According to a press release from the governor, “Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today proposed completing the Hudson River Valley Greenway and Erie Canalway trails by 2020 to create the Empire State Trail, the largest state multi-use trail in the nation.”
Building the trail will be accomplished by connecting existing trails with 350 miles of newly-constructed trail. It will be the largest state multi-use trail network in the nation and will cross the Appalachian Trail. Users will pass along Lake Eerie, through the Adirondack Mountains and through the Capital Region,
It will link 40 trails, have scenic outlooks, and all be done on land we already own. It will change the economy through the Hudson Valley. pic.twitter.com/oLz88fAbmM
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) January 10, 2017