The new Empire State Trail would allow you to bike or hike all over the state.

It is another big announcement from Governor Cuomo as he traverses New York this week, making his state of the state speeches. Today he revealed a plan for a paved 750 mile path called the Empire State Trail.

According to the Governor's office, the trail would consist of 2 major pathways: one that runs from Manhattan to Canada, the other from Albany to Buffalo. The trail would be the largest of its kind in the nation.

The plan involves utilizing the Hudson River Valley Greenway and the Erie Canalway, and would fill in the gaps on those trails to complete the Empire State Trail by 2020.

Governor Cuomo said the new trail will provide “...residents and visitors alike unprecedented access to New York's outdoor treasures, driving tourism and economic activity to communities across the state and helping to protect our environmental resources for generations to come.”

I am getting tired just thinking of that number - 750 miles! Though I am probably overthinking it as you and I will be able to enjoy this trail in small doses right in our backyard when it is complete. But, am I overthinking things when I wonder how all of these new ideas will be paid for? Hopefully there is a solid plan in place for the cost, where our taxes don't go up!

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