The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor preserves the canal system, all 524 miles of it, and celebrates its long, 180-year history. New England and the rest of the US were shaped by this canal.
Hours + Fees
Most towpath sections of the Erie Canalway are open year-round from dawn until dusk.For more information on lock hours of operation contact the NY State Canal Corporation.
Be sure to visit the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor Visitor Center, located at Peebles Island State Park in Waterford, NY.
Peebles Island State Park is open 7:30 a.m. to dusk daily. To contact them by phone or mail:
P.O. Box 219
Waterford, NY 12188
Map + Directions
Several interstate highways cross the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor. The New York State Thruway (I-90) roughly parallels the Erie Canalway route from Albany to Buffalo. Perhaps the best way to explore canal country by car is along state and county roads that hug the water more closely and thread through the hamlets, villages, and cities that grew along the waterways. These are NY Rt. 31 in western New York, NY Rt. 5 and 5S in the east, NY Rt. 481 along the Oswego, ...and a host of smaller roads in between them.
The Lakes to Locks Passage along the Champlain Canal and the Mohawk Towpath along the eastern end of Lake Erie have been designated National Scenic Byways.