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.


The Mohawk Towpath National Scenic Byway is reviewing and updating our corridor management plan (CMP).  As a part of this process we sought public comment and suggestions through a series of virtual public workshops. We have had three very productive, and informative sessions on May 4,  May 25, and June 15, 2021.

If you would like to receive a copy of the most recent draft update CMP; or would like to submit comments in writing please contact admin@mohawktowpath.org or by mail at Mohawk Towpath Scenic Byway, P O Box 90, Clifton Park, NY 12065-0090.  This public comment period will remain open until July 16, 2021.

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