The bike path runs just south of the Canal, photo by Laurel Saville.

The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor

The Erie Canal has been called the "most famous and influential man-made waterway." It runs more than 500 miles, traversing the center of New York State between Albany and the Hudson River in the east, and Buffalo and Niagara River in the west. The entire corridor, once used almost only for commercial traffic, is now primarily a historic, scenic, and recreation corridor.

There are many ways to enjoy the Canalway corridor.

  • In Little Falls, there is loop that makes a lovely flat, paved mile or two walk. Park at Canal Place, stroll lover the bridge to Moss Island, walk along the canal to Lock 17, then go over the Lock, down the stairs, and look for the zigzag path that leads up to the "Rails to Trails" path. Turn right, walk towards the South End of town, and you'll end up back at the Route 167 bridge, which takes you back to Canal Place.
  • The rising sun makes the waterway especially beautiful, photo by Laurel Saville.
  • For a leisurely boat tour, drive to nearby Herkimer and join a 1 1/2 hour narrated Erie Canal Cruise that takes you through a lock.
  • You can also join or create your own bike tour that explores many historic towns along the Corridor. Maps, tours, and more information is available from Parks and Trails New York:
  • Rent a kayak or canoe at Rotary Park, or bring your own, and boat and paddle along at your leisure.

For more information about the Erie Canal, and the Heritage Corridor, please refer to these other online resources:

The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor Commission:

The New York State Canal Corporation:

The Canal Times Newspaper:

History, Images, maps and more:

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