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 it easy on the open and straight stretch of Riverview Road in Clifton Park. The Town has just replaced a culvert.  Until the new construction settles the small depression is clearly visible as you approach the short gap in the pavement .

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