Erie Canal Albion Main Street cover

Explore the Erie Canal

The Erie Canal spans 100 miles between Lockport and Clyde, with Rochester in the middle. Choose 15 miles to explore for a great day trip.

Pick a town like Brockport or Fairport to spend a few hours. Choose an access point like Greece Canal Park, The Great Embankment or Meridian Center to walk or bike the trail. Stop at one of the canal locks and watch the boats “lock through.”

List of Erie Canal Cities, Towns and Villages

From East to West:

  1. Clyde
  2. Lyons
  3. Newark
  4. Palmyra
  5. Macedon
  6. Fairport
  7. Pittsford
  8. Brighton/Henrietta
  9. Rochester
  10. Greece
  11. Spencerport
  12. Adams Basin
  13. Brockport
  14. Holley
  15. Albion
  16. Medina
  17. Lockport

Map of Locks and Points of Interest

Use our Google Map and ideas below to help plan your Erie Canal day trip.

Canal Towns

Roadside Attraction Clyde Blockhouse
Clyde Blockhouse
River Road through Marengo Marsh Clyde Galen
River Road
Clyde River
Clyde River
Lil Red Caboose restaurant Clyde
Lil Red Caboose

Clyde

est. 1835

Erie Canal Lock 26 is located east of the historic Clyde Blockhouse replica on NY-31.

Lock 26

Clyde Blockhouse

Galen Wildlife Management Area and Marengo Marsh

Food & Beverage

Lil Red Caboose

Erie Canal Lyons Lock 27 rising
Lock 27
Golden Chain Tree Lyons May 22 close
Erie Canal Lyons Hotchkiss Peppermint Museum
Erie Canal Lyons wall art
Erie Canal Lyons village wall art
Erie Canal Lyons Ohmann Theatre village
Ohmann Theatre

Lyons

est. 1789

Lyons is a beautiful historic canaltown, including the 1915 Ohmann movie theater, still owned and operated by descendants of the original Ohmann family.

The Canadaigua Outlet joins the canal right next to Lock 27.

Right next to the lock is a major Canal Corporation repair facility and drydock, one of two on the canal system where barges and boats have their bottoms repaired.

According to tug44.com, “The drydock has a set of canal gates, same as the locks have. On the other end is a drain valve. The gates are opened, a boat is floated in, then the gates are closed and the drain is opened, leaving the boats high and dry with their hulls accessible for repair or maintenance.”

Locks 27 & 28A

Town of Lyons

Enlarged Erie Canal Lock 56

Ohmann Theater

Peppermint Days Festival in July

Peppermint Museum

Blue Cut Nature Center

Food & Beverage

The Pour House

Erie Canal Newark Lock 28 B
Lock 28-B
Erie Canal Newark stairs wall art
Erie Canal Newark Port
Erie Canal Newark path
Canal Path

Newark

est. 1819

There is a beautiful park along the canal in Newark, with painted murals depicting historic canaltown life. Lots of great places to eat and drink here, too.

If you’re visiting the lock, make time to take the Lockville Trail—a short walk from Lock 28B—to visit Old Enlarged Erie Locks 58 and 59.

Lock 28B

Port of Newark

Enlarged Erie Canal Lock 59

Newark Canal Park

Food & Beverage

CrossPark Family Restaurant

Craft 120

Parker’s Grille & Tap House

Erie Shore Landing

Canal View Family Restaurant

Monterrey’s Mexican Restaurant

Tom Wahl’s Newark

Erie Canal Palmyra Lock 29 Genesee tanks
Lock 29 waiting for the Genesee Beer Tanks
Erie Canal Palmyra low bridge
Greater Rochester Region - Palmyra Lock 29
Erie Canal Palmyra NY-31
Erie Canal Palmyra Four Churches
Erie Canal Palmyra Pops Hots Grill Ice Cream
NY-31 through Palmyra

Palmyra

est. 1729

Lock 29 is located in Pal-Mac Aqueduct County Park, a beautiful green space where Ganargua Creek joins the canal. My most memorable visit here was when the Genesee beer tanks came through.

Lock 29 at Pal-Mac Aqueduct County Park

Town & Village of Palmyra and Historic Palmyra

Food & Beverage

Muddy Waters Café

Akropolis Restaurant

Cafe Aqueduct

Yellow Mills Diner

Events

Hill Cumorah Pageant in July

Palmyra Pirate Weekend in August

Canaltown Days in September

Erie Canal Macedon Lock 30
Lock 30
Erie Canal Macedon Lock 30 wall art
Erie Canal Macedon Historic Lock 60
Erie Canal Macedon Butterfly Trail end all three canals
Three canals converge

Macedon

est. 1823

At the end of the Butterfly Trail in Macedon Canal Park at Lock 30 you can see the convergence of all three historic canals—Clinton’s Ditch, the Enlarged Erie Canal, and the present-day Barge Canal.

Fun fact, there is no Lock 31. While initially planned for construction, it was deemed unnecessary, and the locks were never renumbered.

Lock 30 at Macedon Canal Park

Enlarged Erie Lock 60

Macedon Butterfly Trail

Food & Beverage

Macedon Hills

Flaherty’s Three Flags Inn

Colonial Belle Fairport
Erie Canal Fairport path under bridge
Erie Canal Fairport Erie Canal Boat Company
Erie Canal Fairport wood horse
Erie Canal Fairport Thomas Creek Wetland Walk
Erie Canal Fairport view
Erie Canal through Fairport

Fairport

est. 1867

Colonial Belle boat tour

Thomas Creek Wetlands Walk

“Trail Town USA”

Kennelley Park

Fairport Lift bridge

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

Food & Beverage

Check the village website for shops, restaurants and events

Events

Fairport Canal Days in June

Fairport Music & Food Fest in August

Erie Canal Pittsford Sam Patch Lock 32
Lock 32
Erie Canal Pittsford Spa at the Del Monte depot
Erie Canal Pittsford NY-96
Erie Canal Pittsford Schoen Place Sam Patch and kayak

Pittsford

est. 1796

Lock 32 Erie Canal Park

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

Old Erie Canal Lock 62 behind Pittsford Plaza

Great Embankment Park

Hamlet of Bushnell’s Basin

Food & Beverage

Check the town website for shops, restaurants and events

Sam Patch Lock 32

Brighton and Henrietta

both est.1790

Lock 33

Meridian Center Park

Erie Canal Genesee River Genesee Valley Park kayak
Erie Canal Genesee River Genesee Valley Park bridge reflection
Erie Canal Genesee River Genesee Valley Park boat autumn
Erie Canal Genesee River Genesee Valley Park bridges
Genesee Valley Park River and Canal crossing

Erie Canal Genesee River Crossing in Rochester

est. 1817

Genesee Valley Park

Kayak & canoe rentals on the Genesee

Henpeck Park Greece
Henpeck Park in Greece

Greece

est. 1822

Greece Canal Park

Henpeck Park

Erie Canal Spencerport carnival
Erie Canal Spencerport boat
Erie Canal Spencerport depot museum
Erie Canal Spencerport lift bridge up
Union Street Lift Bridge

Spencerport

est. 1804

Spencerport Depot & Canal Museum

Events

Spencerport Canal Days in July

Food & Beverage

Check the village website for shops, restaurants and events

Adams Basin Lift Bridge cover
Adams Basin Lift Bridge
Adams Basin picnic table
Adams Basin Erie Canal Adams-Ryan House
Adams Basin Erie Canal Bike cover
Adams Basin Canal Path

Adam’s Basin

est. 1815

There is a parking lot next to the lift bridge. It’s a great spot to begin a walk, run, or ride.

The Historic Adams-Ryan house in Adams Basin, constructed in 1825 to support canal business, has the oldest intact bar-room on the Erie Canal. By 1853, it was also serving as the local ticket office for the Rochester, Lockport and Niagara Falls Railroad. Today, it’s a private residence.

Erie Canal Brockport low bridge
Erie Canal Brockport walk
Erie Canal Brockport welcome center
Erie Canal Brockport wall art
Erie Canal Brockport Bittersweet
Brockport Lift Bridge Book Shop
Lift Bridge Book Shop

Brockport

est. 1829

Canalfront Welcome Center

Events

Brockport Arts Festival in August

Low Bridge / High Water Festival in May

Food & Beverage

Check the village website for shops, restaurants and events

There are 2 Lift bridges in Brockport, Main St and Park Ave.

Erie Canal Holley lift bridge
Erie Canal Holley historic train depot
Erie Canal Holley Call Falls looking down
Holley Canal Falls
Holley Canal Falls

Holley

est. 1850

Holley Canal Falls Park

There are 2 Lift bridges before Albion in Holley and Hulberton.

Erie Canal Albion Main Street
Erie Canal Albion tug boat
Erie Canal Albion lift bridge stairs
Erie Canal Albion First Presbyterian Church
Erie Canal Albion wall art
Erie Canal Albion Orleans County Courthouse
Orleans County Courthouse

Albion

est. 1812

Albion is the Orleans County seat.

There are 3 Lift bridges before Medina in Albion, Eagle Harbor and Knowlesville.

Erie Canal Medina lift bridge
Erie Canal Medina visitor center
Erie Canal Medina Culvert Road
Erie Canal Medina Main Street
Main St, Medina

Medina

est. 1832

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

Erie Canal Lockport boat lock upside down bridge
Erie Canal Lockport tour boat
Erie Canal Lockport marina
Erie Canal Lockport Flight of Five locks
Lock 35 and Flight of Five

Lockport

est. 1865

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

Richardsons Canal House historic marker
Richardson’s Canal House – Bushnell’s Basin

Additional Erie Canal 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

Erie Canal Pittsford Schoen Place boat
Schoen Place, Pittsford

Did you know?

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

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.

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