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Albany, New York


Erie Canalway Heritage Corridor

The Erie Canal is a waterway in New York State that connects the Hudson River at Albany with Buffalo at Lake Erie (one of the five Great Lakes). The canal opened in 1825 and was part of a navigable water route that linked New York City on the Hudson River and Atlantic Ocean with the Great Lakes. The Erie Canal travels over a distance of 365 miles (587 km) and comprises of 36 locks, encompassing an elevation difference of more than 500 feet (152 meters). The canal was once a major transport system for carrying goods but today used more by recreational traffic.
Erie Canal, New York State

Scenic Erie Canal by LtPowers

Today, the Erie Canal National Heritage Corridor is one of the federally designated national heritage corridors in the United States. The Erie Canal passes through several historic canal communities including Lockport, Brockport, Spencerport, and Port Byron. The canal also passes through national parks, historic landmarks, and canal locks that elevate and lower the boats. Trails run along nearly three-quarters of the canal, making it accessible to explore the area by foot or bicycle. You can also rent a canoe, kayak, canal boat, or take a boat cruise at various points along the canal. 
Boat cruise on the Erie Canal, New York State

Boat cruise on the Erie Canal by LtPowers

Website: Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor

Tel: 518-237-7000

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