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! 

What to experience… On a beautiful late fall day:

  • Cross the Cohoes Falls overlook park bridge for the best view of the flow over the falls;
  • The Flight of Locks is now closed to navigation, but this is a great time to explore the engineering that makes the locks work;
  • The Vischer Ferry Nature and Historic Preserve boasts an unusual number of birds and different species as they migrate through the area to their winter habitats; and
  • Now that the foliage has opened up, study the landforms.  Look for depressions where there might have been former cellar holes, wells, stone walls or other historical manmade or animal made features.  

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