Erie Canal Fairport

15 Miles on the Erie Canal

The Erie Canal spans 100-miles between Lockport and Lyons, with Rochester located right in the middle making it easy to get out there and explore! To enjoy every moment, choose just 15 miles on the canal to explore in a day.

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

Lyons
est. 1789

Lyons Erie Canal Lock 27
Lock 27 in Lyons

Locks 27 & 28A

Town of Lyons

Enlarged Erie Canal Lock 56

Ohmann Theater

Peppermint Days Festival in July

Peppermint Museum

The Caboose, as seen on TV

Blue Cut Nature Center

Newark
est. 1819

Port of Newark
Port of Newark

Lock 28B

Port of Newark

Enlarged Erie Canal Lock 59

Newark Canal Park

Palmyra
est. 1729

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

Lock 29 at Pal-Mac Aqueduct County Park

Enlarged Erie Canal Lock 60

Town & Village of Palmyra and Historic Palmyra

Hill Cumorah Pageant in July

Palmyra Pirate Weekend in August

Canaltown Days in September

Macedon
est. 1823

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

Lock 30 at Macedon Canal Park

Macedon Butterfly Trail

At the end of the Butterfly Trail you can observe the convergence of all 3 historic canals.

Fairport
est. 1867

Erie Canal through Fairport
Erie Canal Boat Company

Colonial Belle boat tour

Rent kayak, paddle board, or bicycle at the Erie Canal Boat Company

Thomas Creek Wetlands Walk

“Trail Town USA”

Kennelley Park

Fairport Canal Days in June

Fairport Music & Food Fest in August

Check the village website for shops, restaurants and events

Fairport Lift bridge

Pittsford
est. 1796

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

Hop aboard the Sam Patch packet boat and experience going through a lock

Lock 32 Erie Canal Park

Lock 32 Whitewater Park & Lockapalooza Whitewater Fest in August (watch the video)

Old Erie Canal Lock 62 behind Pittsford Plaza

Great Embankment Park

Hamlet of Bushnell’s Basin

Check the town website for shops, restaurants and events

Brighton and Henrietta
both est.1790

Erie Canal Lock 33
Lock 33 in Henrietta

Lock 33

Meridian Center Park

Erie Canal – Genesee River
Crossing in Rochester
est. 1817

Erie Canal Boat GVP
Erie Canal crossing the Genesee River

Genesee Valley Park

Kayak & canoe rentals

Greece
est. 1822

Henpeck Park Greece
Henpeck Park in Greece

Greece Canal Park

Henpeck Park

Spencerport
est. 1804

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

Spencerport Depot & Canal Museum

Spencerport Canal Days in July

Check the village website for shops, restaurants and events

Lift bridges in Adams Basin and Spencerport

Brockport
est. 1829

Erie Canal Brockport
Main St. lift bridge in Brockport

Canalfront Welcome Center

Brockport Arts Festival in August

Low Bridge / High Water Festival in May

Check the village website for shops, restaurants and events

There are 2 Lift bridges in Brockport

Holley
est. 1850

Holley Canal Falls
Holley Canal Falls

Holley Canal Falls Park

There are 5 Lift bridges before Medina in Holley, Hulberton, Albion, Eagle Harbor and Knowlesville

Medina
est. 1832

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

The only road that goes under the canal is Culvert Road [get directions]

State Street Park, where Oak Orchard Creek runs under the canal on its way to Lake Ontario.

There are 3 Lift bridges before Lockport in Medina, Middleport, and Gasport

Lockport
est. 1865

Lockport Flight of Five
Lockport Flight of Five

Locks 34 & 35

Lockport Locks & Erie Canal Cruises

Erie Canal Flight of Five Locks

The Lockport Cave & Underground Boat Ride

Erie Canal Discovery Center

There are 2 Lift bridges in Lockport

Lockport Lock 35
Lockport Lock 35

Additional resources

The Canal Corporation maintains a calendar of canal town events throughout the year.

The Erie Canalway website is a great resource for learning more about the canal and how locks work.

Cycle the Erie, Information and recommendations for those cycling along the canal

Genesee Valley Park

Did you know?

Of the 20 lift bridges along the canal, 16 are between Fairport and Lockport.

In recognition of the canal’s bicentennial, there is a continued waiver of tolls for recreational vessels through 2021.

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.

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Where are your favorite spots along the Erie Canal?

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