Bicycle & Pedestrian Trails
Oneida County is a road cyclist's dream. There are hundreds of miles of State highways and well maintained local roads with relatively low traffic that connect welcoming small towns and villages. Even the largest communities, the Cities of Utica and Rome, are easily accessible and provide lots of amenities for bicycle tourists.
Some of the best riding in Oneida County is on the backroads and along the historic Erie Canalway Trail, part of the Empire State Trail system. Our friends at the Herkimer-Oneida Counties Transportation Study created a comprehensive Bicycle & Pedestrian Trail Guide in 2019. We are highlighting the Oneida County trails here for your enjoyment.
Please note that these bicycle routes and multi-use trails are designed to accommodate both bicycle and pedestrian traffic. Bicycle routes typically utilize road shoulders along many roads as dedicated bicycling infrastructure is limited. Most roads have shoulders that range from 4' to 12' wide and will vary in condition. Surface types range from concrete and asphalt to stone dust and natural surfaces. Multi-use trails are typically located on exclusive rights-of-way such as abandoned railroad beds, canal towpath or within parks.
Know the rules of the road. Visit NYS DOT for Bicycling Safety Tips.
The links below connect to you to printable PDF files containing trail overviews including terrian, length, configuration such as point to point, surface type, trailhead locations and of course, maps!
North Country Area
Southern Hills Area
Utica/New Hartford Area
For a free hard copy of the entire Bicycle & Pedestrian Trail Guide 2019 visit our Welcome Centers at NYS Thruway Exit 31 or Union Station, 321 Main Street, Utica.
The guide was developed from the activities outlined in the Unified Planning Work Program and is a direct product of the Herkimer-Oneida Counties Transportation Study (HOCTS), Long-Range Transportation Plan. The funding for the preparation of the guide was provided by Federal Highway Administration Section 5303 funds. HOCTS is solely responsible for its content, however, makes no warranty of accuracy. The views and opinions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect the official views or policies of the U.S. Department of Transportation, New York State Department of Transportation, Oneida County, or Oneida County Tourism.