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! Spring is here!

What to Experience…on an beautiful spring day:

  • Cohoes Falls overlook park bridge is not open, but get as close as you can to checkout the flow over the falls;
  • The navigation season open!  Watch a vessel work through the Flight of Locks;
  • Check out the wildlife and migrating birds in the Vischer Ferry Preserve; and
  • Turtles are emerging moving to higher ground to lay eggs.  Watch out for them as they cross the roadways.  The difference between pained turtles and snapping turtles are most distinct.

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