Some trails may be designed for multi-use, which means during the summer, they could be a combination of hiking or bicycling. Please be sure to check before you start out biking to be sure it is allowed on that particular trail.
This section of the Canal Trail can be accessed in several locations; a parking area under the Wind Bridge off Route 169 as it approaches Exit 29A of the NYS Thruway, a parking area at the intersection of Route 169 and Finks Basin, a parking area on Casler Street (a left turn off Route 169 just after crossing the Mohawk River and Barge Canal, and a parking area at the Herkimer Homestead located off Route 169 by turning left on the Herkimer Home access road.
The section of the trail from Casler Street to Lock 17 is 1 mile. From Lock 17 to the Herkimer Homestead is 2 miles.
The trail is multiuse allowing walking, bicycling, skiing and snowshoeing. The trail borders the Barge Canal from the Casler Road access and passes through a short tunnel, then passes Lock 17 and continues across Finks Basin Road and enters a wetland area.
Emerging from the wetland the trail crosses Route 169 and continues to the Herkimer Homestead. NOTE: Bicycles are not allowed on the Herkimer Homestead property.