Erie Canal Genesee Valley Park

15 Miles on the Erie Canal near Rochester

The Erie Canal runs right through our collective backyard, connecting us to unique natural areas inaccessible by car, and to several canal towns along the Erie Canalway Trail. There are 100-miles between Lockport and Lyons, with Rochester seated right in the middle–too great a landscape for one day trip.

Here, then, is the challenge: choose just 15 miles on the Erie Canal to explore in a day. The toughest part is figuring out which 15 miles to focus on! Pick a town like Brockport or Fairport to spend a few hours. Choose an entry point like Greece Canal Park or Meridian Center to walk or bike the trail. Stop at one of the canal locks and watch the boats go through. Use our Google Map and ideas below to help plan your Erie Canal day trip.

Map of Locks and Points of Interest Along the Erie Canal

Water Trails: 58 Places to
Explore Rochester’s Waterways

Lyons Erie Canal Lock 27
Lock 27

Lyons (1789)

73 Trails That Are
Not Just a Walk in the Park

Erie Canal Port of Newark
Port of Newark

Newark (1819)

43 New York State Parks
Within a 2-Hour Drive

Palmyra Erie Canal Lock 29 overflow
Pal-Mac Aqueduct County Park

Palmyra (1729)

31 Quirky Rochester-Area
Roadside Attractions

Wayne County Butterfly Trail Lock 30
Wayne County Butterfly Trail at Lock 30

Macedon (1823)

Erie Canal through Fairport
Erie Canal Boat Company

Fairport (1867)

40 Public Gardens
Around Rochester

Erie Canal Boat Sam Patch Schoen Place Pittsford NY
Sam Patch at Schoen Place in Pittsford, NY

Pittsford (1796)

74 Rochester Experiences
that Make Great Gifts

Erie Canal Lock 33
Erie Canal Lock 33

Brighton and Henrietta (both 1790)

Erie Canal Boat GVP
Erie Canal crossing the Genesee River

Erie Canal Genesee River Crossing (Rochester, 1803)

Erie Canal Henpeck Park Greece
Henpeck Park in Greece, NY

Greece (1822)

Erie Canal Spencerport NY
Union St Lift Bridge over the Erie Canal in Spencerport

Spencerport (1804)

20 Monroe County Parks

Erie Canal Brockport

Brockport (1829)

123 Day Trips
from Rochester, NY

Holley Canal Falls
Holley Canal Falls

Holley (1850)

Culvert Road in Medina Under the Erie Canal
Culvert Road in Medina Under the Erie Canal

Medina (1832)

211 Annual Events
Around Rochester

Lockport Flight of Five
Lockport Flight of Five

Lockport (1865)

80 Other Museums
Around Rochester

Lockport Lock 35
Lockport Lock 35

Other Erie Canal resources

Genesee Valley Park

Did you know?

  • In 2017, and again in 2018, boating on the Erie Canal is free in celebration of its bicentennial.
  • You can rent a houseboat from Mid-Lakes Navigation in Macedon. Take a look at the brochure for some great information.
  • You can pass through any lock in a kayak (or any non-motorized vessel) for free, without permits. Learn more about paddling through on the Canal Corporation website. Check out this video of 10 kayakers as they “lock-through” Lockport Locks 34 & 35.
Debi Bower

Born, raised and living life as a digital designer in Rochester, NY! I am also a day-tripper, writer & photographer, exploring the nooks and crannies that make our part of New York State so special.

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