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Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor

Byways and Heritage Areas
Lock C5, Schuylerville – J. Mackay

The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, established in 2000 by an Act of Congress, spans 524 miles across the full expanse of upstate New York. It encompasses the Erie, Cayuga-Seneca, Oswego, and Champlain canals and their historic alignments, as well as more than 230 canal communities.

The Champlain Canal begins at its junction with the Erie Canal in Waterford and runs north to Whitehall, where it connects with Lake Champlain.

The region celebrates its rich history along the interconnected waterway that shaped the destiny of America. From the French and Indian War to the Revolutionary War and Battle of Saratoga to its canal heydays in the 1800s, the Champlain Region is treasured by history enthusiasts. Rolling hills, farms, and small towns, set amidst the backdrop of New York’s Adirondack and Vermont’s Green Mountains make the Champlain Region one of the most scenic areas to explore within the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor.

Identify And Describe The Management Organization

The Erie Canalway Commission, in partnership with the National Park Service, collaborates with government agencies, communities and organizations to protect and promote the canal corridor for all to use and enjoy.

What Are The “Don’t Miss” Experiences Along The Byway Or Heritage Area

Canal-related Sites, listed south to north:

  • Burden Iron Works Museum, Troy
  • Waterford Flight of Locks (start at Lock 2), Waterford
  • Peebles Island State Park, Waterford/Cohoes
  • Champlain Canal Trail, Waterford
  • Lock 4 State Canal Park, Stillwater
  • Saratoga National Historical Park, Saratoga/Schuylerville
  • Champlain Canal Lock 5 and Old Champlain Canal Trail, Schuylerville
  • Glens Falls Feeder Canal Trail, Fort Edward to Glens Falls
  • Skenesborough Harbor Park and Museum, Whitehall