New 750-Mile Scenic Trail Begins in BPC

Newly installed interpretive signage in Battery Park City is the first of 45 signs along the Empire State Trail, which connects 20 regional trails into one continuous statewide route. Photo: Battery Park City Authority

The tip of Battery Park City is now the stepping off point for a newly completed recreation trail that stretches 750 scenic miles to the far reaches of New York State—the nation’s longest multi-use trail.

Newly installed interpretive signage between the bike and pedestrian paths next to West Street, near Battery Place, marks the “Southern Gateway” to the new Empire State Trail, which extends all the way through the Hudson and Champlain Valleys to Canada, and from Albany to Buffalo and along the Erie Canal. Cyclists, walkers, joggers, campers, even horseback riders in some parts, can safely traverse the trail, which includes more than 180 miles of newly created off-road paths. In addition, 400 miles of disconnected trails have been linked to form unbroken routes.

The signage in Battery Park City, one of 45 interpretive panels along the route, gives a history of the West Side waterfront and provides introduction to some of the many sites that lie to the north, along the new trail.

“The completion of the 750-mile state trail not only makes physical connections between locations across the state,,” Lt. Gov. Kathy Hocul said in a statement, “but it also continues to build on how we are reimagining our natural wonders and historic corridors as a source of recreation, economic development and tourism in New York State."