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15 Miles on the Erie Canal

In May, I picked up a copy of the 2016 Erie Canalway Map & Guide. Number 5 on the Top 10 Ways to Enjoy the Canal is my favorite; “Pick Your Own Fifteen Miles on the Erie Canal to Explore.” This sounds like a great challenge and a perfect day trip!

With several canal towns within a 30-60 minute drive of Rochester, the toughest part is figuring out which 15 miles to focus on! I once read that of the Erie Canal’s “Best 100 Miles”, 85 of them are between Lockport and Palmyra. In addition to hiking, biking and boating, here are a few ideas to help you explore the Erie Canal.


Lockport Caves Underground Boat Ride in Lockport NY



Only Tunnel Under the Erie Canal Culvert Road in Medina NY





Erie Canal Brockport NY



Erie Canal Spencerport NY



Genesee Valley Park

Genesee Valley Park




Schoen Place Erie Canal Pittsford NY



Erie Canal Fairport NY Monroe County







Other resources


Did you know?
  • You can rent a houseboat along the canal at 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 capturing 10 kayakers as they “lock-through” Lockport Locks 34 & 35.


Do you know of one we’ve missed? Contact us and let us know!

Debi Bower

<p>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.</p>