There is a whole library of materials collected by the Friends of the Mohawk Towpath Byway over the years. Some of these materials are public documents available elsewhere and some are background information and history. All of these are available on request to paid up members of the Friends of the Byway. If you see something you’d like to read or borrow ask the organization’s secretary or membership director and either will see you get the item… within a day in most cases.



  • Marketing
    • The Economic Impact of Scenic Byways and Scenic Roads – Dr. Maree Forbes [a white paper]
  • Branding
  • Public Relations

Conservation and Preservation

  • Land Use
  • History
    • In DeWitt’s Footsteps: Seeing History on the Erie Canal – Kenneth Silber and photos by George Gruel, 2017
  • Geology
  • Planning
    • Mohawk Towpath Byway Scenic Conservation Workshop: Final Summary Report – June 12 – 13, 2007.
    • Mohawk Watershed Symposium: Abstract and Program – 2014
    • Today’s Heritage and Cultural Roadtrippers: Your Premium Customers – Dr. Maree Forbes [a white paper]


  • Wayfinding
  • Mapping
  • Technology
    • GPS
  • Trail Development
  • Sharing the Road
  • Signage
    • New York State Scenic Byways Sign Manual – NYSDOT
  • Emergency Preparedness

Intrinsic Qualities

  • History
    • Bloody Mohawk: the French and Indian War & American Revolution on New York’s Frontier – Richard Berleth, 2010
    • Stories from the Mohawk Valley: The Painted Rocks, the Good Benedict Arnold & More – Bob Cudmore, 2011
    • The Erie Canal Through Saratoga County – Amelia T. O’Shea, 2007
    • Halfmoon Historic Markers: Town of Halfmoon Historic Markers Brief History and Locations – Lynda Bryan, Town of Halfmoon Historian, 2022
  • Culture
  • Recreation
    • New York State Canalway Water Trail Guidebook – Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, 2019
  • Scenic
    • Guide to Scenic Highways & Byways: The 275 Best Drives in the U. S. – National Geographic, 3rd edition.
  • Archeological
  • Natural


  • Storytelling
  • Technology
  • Planning
  • Writing
  • Museums
  • Signage