The Champlain Canalway Trail Working Group is a volunteer, ad hoc partnership that includes local and regional canal and trail groups, public agencies, and park and preservation organizations. This group benefits from the existing network of the Canalway Trail Association of New York, a statewide, all-volunteer organization of trail owners and managers formed to assist localities to develop, manage, and maintain the Canalway Trail.
The vision of this trail is " for an attractive and continuous Champlain Canalway Trail route from Whitehall to Waterford, that utilizes historic towpaths, Champlain Canal shoreline, existing local and regional trails, on-street bicycle routes and links to regional and community attractions".
In 2016 an ad hoc working group was brought together to begin working towards creating and connecting the Slate Valley Rail Trail in Granville and Salem. The development of the proposed 22 mile multi-use recreational trail offers an opportunity to bring economic benefit and recreational opportunities to the region, with connections to Vermont and trails beyond in New Hampshire and Maine.