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.

Travel Conditions: Most Favorable! Summer is here!

What to experience… On a beautiful summer day:

  • Cross the Cohoes Falls overlook park bridge for the best view of the flow over the falls;
  • Watch a vessel work through the Flight of Locks;
  • Explore the trails in the Vischer Ferry Nature and Historic Preserve, but don’t forget your bug spray;
  • Take your time traveling Riverview Road from the Halfmoon town line to Van Vranken Road.  On August 19 the Town of Clifton Park will be milling the pavement and paving August 23rd. 

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