ALBANY — The Erie Canalway Trail was visited more than 3 million times during 2021, according to a report from Parks & Trails New York and the state Canal Corporation.

The Canalway Trail system as a whole saw an estimated 3.3 million visits during the year.

The figures reflect the results of major investments in closing the gaps in the trail network and the completion of the Empire State Trail, along with increased interest and participation in outdoor recreation due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Parks & Trails counted visits at nine locations along the Erie Canalway Trail last year. Electronic counters recorded usage at Tonawanda, Pendleton, Brockport and other locations..\

The highest annual use recorded for 2021 was at Niawanda Park in Tonawanda, which saw an estimated 230,000 cyclists, walkers, runners, joggers, and other users enjoying the trail.

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