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Go Hiking & Biking, Kayaking, Sightseeing & Camping along the Erie Canal

Erie Canalway Update 4/1/2020:  Now more than ever, getting outside for fresh air and exercise may be just what you need. The Canalway Trail and grounds of NY state parks and historic sites remain open. Learn about the Canalway Challenge, and set a goal for getting outside. Don't congregate, keep a safe 6 foot distance apart, and begin logging your miles. Visit www.calanwaychallenge.org  to sign up.


 Rent Bikes and Kayaks, or Bring your Own


Access the Comprehensive New York State Canal MapHERE


Who Knew? The Erie Canal  is Perfect  for both Sighseeing AND Recreation! The historical ambiance, fascinating locks, varied terrains, and proximity to exciting towns, campsites, restaurants and wildlife areas create a unique recreational landscape found nowhere else. Many Local trails  are groomed for hiking and biking, and the gently flowing currents are ideal for kayaking and boat tours.

Get Your FREE NY State Canalway Guidebook

The complimentary  NY State Canalway Guidebook and maps includes a mile-by-mile description of launch sites, paddler-friendly facilities and amenities, and places of interest for over 450 miles of the NYS Canal System, including the Erie, Cayuga-Seneca, Oswego and Champlain canals. 

Order a FREE paper copy (pay just $10 shipping and handling fee) or download online at: eriecanalway.org/watertrail

“This guidebook is an invitation to paddlers to discover the history, beauty, and adventure of paddling the canals.” said Bob Radliff, Executive Director of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor. “Paddlers will navigate century old locks, pass stunning stone aqueducts, and experience narrow flatwater stretches and wide river segments.”

The guidebook includes features to help beginners to seasoned paddlers plan a trip and enjoy the waterway for a few hours or a paddling vacation.

“More people are discovering that New York’s canals are an ideal venue for a fun and leisurely day on the water,” said New York State Canal Corporation Director Brian U. Stratton. “Going through a canal lock in a canoe or kayak is a unique experience and this guidebook will help paddlers get the most out of their trips.”  


> SIGN UP for The Erie Canalway Challenge and start a Recreational Adventure !

Learn More @ www.canalwaychallenge.org.

For People of all Ages and Fitness levels - The Erie Canalway Challenge invites you to trace history while tracking miles walking, running, cycling or paddling on the NY State Canal System & Canalway Trail. The full range of mileage awards -15 miles, 90 miles, 180 miles, and 360 miles - can be logged at different times and locations.

> BOOK NOW Rent Bikes & Kayaks in the Town of Fairport starting at $21

at the 'Erie Canal Boat Company'

5.0 ★ You can Rent Bikes and Kayaks online or go directly to the Water's edge (Map) within a minute's walk from downtown Fairport. Kayaks, canoes and stand-up paddleboards are available for those with little or no paddling experience. Stop by charming pubs & restaurants, and enjoy local festivities from early spring to late fall.

> BOOK NOW Rent Adaptive Bikes & Paddling Equipment (Seniors & Disabled) $16

at the 'Erie Canal Boat Company'

5.0 ★ The leader in adaptive paddling, peddling, pontoon, and special needs boating, the Erie Canal Boat Company has rental equipment for all ages and abilities at the Fairport location (Map), and offers special assistance with kayaks, canoes, stand-up paddleboards (SUP's) as well as adaptive 3-wheeled bicycles. Learn More

> BOOK NOW New ! Rent Bikes & Kayaks in the city of Lockport starting at $21

at the 'Erie Canal Boat Company'

4.8 ★ Find your Biking and Kayak rentals (Here) from early spring to late fall at the Erie Canal Boat Company's newest location near Market Street in Lockport (Map). Enjoy the scenic surroundings as you prepare to explore perhaps one of the most iconic features and engineering feats of the entire Erie Canal, the Flight of Five locks.

> Go Cycling on the Erie Canalway Trail

visit the 'Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor' website

5.0 ★ Take in the amazing history and scenic terrain as you cycle along much of the 365 miles on the Erie Canalway between Albany and Buffalo. Easy access to services in nearby communities and the freedom to choose any of the SIX trail divisions combine to create some of the finest Cycling experiences in the Eastern U.S.

> Rent Bikes & Kayaks by the Great Lake in Oswego

at the 'Oswego Expeditions' Recreation Center

5.0 ★ Their motto "Education through Exploration" says it all. Oswego Expeditions Rents Bikes and Kayaks at the East side Marina north of lock 8. Go Kayaking in Oswego Harbor (Map) next to the exciting international Port of Oswego, and ride on biking and walking trails that course through the grounds of Historic Fort Ontario.

> Enjoy Sightseeing & Living History Cruises in Herkimer

with 'Erie Canal Cruises, Inc.'

5.0 ★ Docked at the Mohawk Valley Visitor Center (Map) directly across from NY State Thruway Exit 30, the Lil’ Diamond cruise ship takes you on a fun and historically fascinating journey, back to a time when the canal was just a vision and barges were pulled by mules and horses. See wildlife, travel through a 100 year old lock, and enjoy –

> Take the Lockport Locks and Erie Canal Cruise in Lockport

visit the 'Lockport Locks and Erie Canal Cruises' website

5.0 ★ Experience this AAA Gem Attraction featured on the History Channel that will take you past five of the original 1800's locks. Ride the Canal from a different perspective as you enjoy a unique two-hour narrated cruise featuring many historic sites and the “Flight of Five.”

> Find Camping & Rv'ing by the Erie Canalway Trail in Macedon

at 'Twilight on the Erie RV Resort'

4.8 ★ Twilight on the Erie RV & Camping Resort (Map) in the Finger Lakes features large sites for both tents and RVs along with cabin and RV rentals and seasonal sites. Located by the Erie Canalway Trail, the campground features an inground pool, small boat rental facility and nearby dock, clubhouse with arcade, showers & more.

> Camp for FREE at Select Campsites along the Erie Canalway Trail

go to 'Canal Corporation' website

5.0 ★ The New York State Canal System offers (seven) 48 hour-stay Biker-Hiker-Boater Campsites along the Canalway Trail, with grills, picnic tables, potable water (at some sites), and toilets. The campsites, mostly at canal lock locations, make traveling along the Canalway Trail and Canal System easier for trail users and boaters.

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