Summer weather has everyone in the mood for outdoor adventures, and what better way to explore the beauty of New York State than pedaling the Empire State Trail! This 750-mile bike trail runs through Montgomery County, as the Erie Canalway Trail. For bike getaways big and small, a stop in Montgomery County offers fascinating history and incredible scenic views to spark your interest for more adventures!
Treat yourself like royalty with a visit to Amsterdam Castle! Whether you need a place to relax after a day of riding, refuel with a delicious meal, or both, this boutique hotel and restaurant is a one-of-a-kind stop. With its close proximity to the Erie Canalway Trail, you can easily take a break from pedaling and get ready for the next leg of your journey!
Connecting the north and south sides of Amsterdam, the Mohawk Valley Gateway Overlook is a unique structure, a pedestrian bridge spanning 500 feet that acts as a park over the Mohawk River. Visitors can learn about the history of the city as they stroll, with markers that tell the story of the city’s neighborhoods. Have your camera ready to take photos of the stunning river views, as well as the Wheel of Life glass mosaic and the Story Mark, a 12-foot wide compass.
New York State is steeped in history, and the Erie Canal has played an important role in shaping our story. Take a step back in time with a visit to Schoharie Crossing, where visitors can witness three of the major phases of the Erie Canal construction, including the remains of the Schoharie Creek Aqueduct. This historic site offers scenic views of the canal and is the perfect spot for a picnic lunch.
As you travel along the bike path, be sure to make a stop in St. Johnsville, home to the Fort Klock Historic Restoration. Built in 1750 by Johannes Klock, this fortified homestead was used during the French and Indian War and Revolutionary War as a safe place for family and neighbors to seek refuge. The site is a designated National Historic Landmark. Visitors can also take in the Dutch Barn, Little Red Schoolhouse, and Blacksmith Shop to get a glimpse of life in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.
A visit to Montgomery County wouldn’t be complete without a stop at the Arkell Museum! The museum began as the Canajoharie Library, founded by Beech-Nut Packing Company president Bartlett Arkell. Home to an impressive collection of American art, including works by Winslow Homer, Mary Cassatt, Georgia O’Keeffe, Andrew Wyeth, and more, the Arkell Museum is a perfect spot for a quiet stroll through the galleries.