Mohawk Towpath Scenic Byway

The Mohawk Towpath Byway is a series of local, county and state highways that follow the historic route of the Erie Canal between Schenectady and Waterford/Cohoes in upstate New York. As one travels the Byway you unlock the story of the Mohawk River, Erie Canal, the waterway west and the part our communities played in the westward expansion of the country and the Industrial Revolution.


Enjoy your visit to the Mohawk Towpath Byway, but note that the Clute’s Dry Dock entrance to the Vischer Ferry Preserve may be restricted somewhat now through October. The parking lot is being improved and the new farmers bridge crossing of the 1843 Enlarged Erie Canal is being delivered and installed.

Use the causeway entrance to the Preserve (a half mile west) or the main entrance at the Whipple Bridge (a mile west) on Riverview Road.

Byway Tours

There are stops along the Mohawk Towpath Byway where you will discover our local communities and the role they played in the westward expansion of the country and in the Industrial Revolution.  The communities include the villages, hamlets and neighborhoods within the Cities of Cohoes and Schenectady, and the Towns of Clifton Park, Colonie, Glenville, Halfmoon, Niskayuna, and Waterford.

“A short Byway with a long history”

– Brad Cownover, Scenic America