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Governor Hochul Announces Empire State Trail Improvements in Little Falls, Herkimer County

September 24, 2021

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation is rehabilitating a 2.5-mile section of the Empire State Trail from the City of Little Falls to Herkimer Home State Historic Site, in Herkimer County. The trail segment is also part of the Erie Canalway Trail.

"The Empire State Trail is the ideal destination to enjoy our state's scenic beauty and extraordinary history, and we are continuing to invest in making the trail even more inviting for healthy outdoor activities,"

Governor Hochul said.

"Outdoor recreation is a big economic engine for our state, and for countless vendors along the trail's path who rely on the tourism year-round, and projects like this help to ensure the long-term vitality of our regional economies."

The 2.5-mile trail segment starts at Flint Avenue in the City of Little Falls, and runs east to Herkimer Home. The existing trail was constructed 20 years ago and needs rehabilitation. The project will remove the trail's aging asphalt and stone-dust surface, install a new 10-foot-wide paved bicycling and walking path, install drainage improvements to prevent erosion, and make safety improvements - including new fencing and signage.

The project is a partnership between State Parks, which owns the eastern trail section, and the City of Little Falls, which owns the western section. The $1.2 million project, funded through New York's Empire State Trail program, will start on September 27th and be completed by Memorial Day 2022.

To read more on this story, you can visit Governor Hochul Announces Empire State Trail Improvements in Little Falls, Herkimer County.

New York Pressroom

September 24, 2021

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