While the Erie Canal's historic past is well known in Western New York, most people aren't aware of the hundreds of miles of bike trail that runs along side of the canal and is off limits to cars. I've mapped out the crushed stone section of the canal trail here. If you're not familiar with crushed stone, it is fairly fine 'stone chip' that is fairly well packed down. And while its packed down, there are a few spots where extra stone has been added for repairs. For this reason I really wouldn't advise riding a bike with tires thinner than 28mm, or 1 1/4". I've also ended the route in Newark, NY because just outside Newark you will have to ride on some roads to reconnect with the trail. Incidentally, you can start this trail way down near Canalside(check out the Canalside Classic route for more info) in Buffalo, with just a few on-road adventures to get to the crushed stone section of the trail. I decided to start my route in Lockport because this is the more classic starting point for the trail. Ample parking and great restaurants greet you in Lockport which makes it a great place to start and end at. Ride some, most, or all of the Erie Canalway Trail and experience a ride that people from all over the world travel to just to ride. Enjoy!