###Contact: Mark Castiglione (518) 473-3835
Map Included as Part of Website Redesign and Upgrade Albany, N.Y. - The Hudson River Valley Greenway has announced the availability of an interactive Water Trail map on the newly updated and re-designed Hudson River Greenway Water Trail website. The redesigned website features a map of the water trail using Google Map, as well as information pages for water trail users and current and potential site owners, a page on currently designated sites, location and use of kayak storage racks, water trail grants, and a chronicle of this year's Great Champlain-Hudson Paddle. The map can be found here: www.hudsongreenway.state.ny.us/Trailsandscenicbyways/watertrail/WTMap.aspx The Hudson River Greenway Water Trail is a small boat trail along portions of the lower Hudson River and is a component of the Hudson River Greenway Trail System. The Water Trail contains access points (launches), campsites and day use sites (attractions) along 256 miles of the Hudson River and Champlain Canal. The trail begins in Whitehall, Washington County and in Hadley, Saratoga County and ends at Battery Park in Manhattan. Mark Castiglione, Acting Executive Director of the Hudson River Valley Greenway, stated, "The interactive map includes a comprehensive list of public access launch sites along the 256-mile Hudson River Greenway Water Trail. The map provides paddling enthusiasts ready information about Water Trail sites and is a tool they can use to help plan their river adventures. Tourism is a 4.7 billion dollar industry in the Hudson Valley and this map helps to advance the goals we share with many of our partners; to promote the Hudson River as an eco-tourism destination and a multi-day recreational resource." Carmella R. Mantello, Director of the New York State Canal Corporation, said, "The Hudson River Valley Greenway's enhanced water trail website provides a plethora of information to boaters, especially canoeists and kayakers, and will help to attract new tourists to the historic region. The Hudson River provides a connection to the 524-miles of pristine waterways that comprise the New York State Canal System, offering exciting recreational opportunities for both residents and visitors. The Canal Corporation is pleased to work with the Hudson River Valley Greenway to provide a connected water trail across much of the state." The Greenway Conservancy for the Hudson River Valley is a public benefit corporation established by the Greenway Act of 1991 to continue New York State's commitment to the preservation, enhancement and development of the world-renowned scenic, natural, historic, cultural and recreational resources of the Hudson River Valley, while continuing to emphasize appropriate economic development activities and remaining consistent with the tradition of municipal home rule. One of the Conservancy's primary objectives is to establish a Hudson River Valley Greenway Trail System, that links cultural and historic sites, parks, open spaces and community centers, and provides public access to the Hudson River. Visit www.hudsongreenway.state.ny.us for more information about the Greenway and its programs. For the Hudson River Greenway Water Trail http://www.hudsongreenway.state.ny.us/Trailsandscenicbyways/watertrail.aspx Visit www.hudsonrivervalley.com for more information on the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area.