Saturday, May 23, 2020

Warners Park to Erie Canal

Lisa Saunders

Nine-Mile Creek Aqueduct on Erie Canal

Man walks narrow ledge of aqueduct with his bike. 

Visit the Erie Canal Park in Camillus

Here I am at the Erie Canal Park in Camillus, a great place to stop for its outdoor exhibits and proximity to the restored aqueduct. Park info:

Potential tourists to our area are asking me about our slow, weekly trek along different parts of the Old Erie Canal so they can plan their trip. Since we only want to walk about two to four miles a day, at most we go a few miles out then return to our car. Therefore, we are concerned about nearby parking and if we will find benches for resting and port-o-johns along the way. For more information on the Erie Canal and how to plan to bicycle/walk the trail, see this interactive map:

Soon, I will post images and comments highlighting the following. In regard to the Erie Canal Park in Camillus, we found: 

Parking: Available at the museum.

Bathrooms: None when we were there because the museum was closed.

Benches: Plenty along our trek heading east and west. 

Restaurants: None in walking distance.

Lodging: None in walking distance.

Map of Erie Canal Park in Camillus section:

To get you in the mood the traverse the Erie Canal, hear the following classic Erie Canal song New York children learn in elementary school about a driver and his mule named Sal. I love the vintage postcards and unique movements used in this version:

Friday, May 22, 2020

Embarking on the Erie Canal of Upstate New York by Foot

Having moved with my husband Jim to Baldwinsville, New York, in December 2019 means we've left the Mystic Seafarer's Trail to embark on a new trail--the Erie Canal. Here I stand at the sign welcoming boaters coming from the Buffalo direction to Lock 24 where their crafts will be lowered to the next leg of their journey heading toward Albany. Here is a drone look at the village and inside Lock 24. Here is a great little video of life, past and present, at Lock 24, the second busiest lock on the canal. 

Why is the Erie Canal Interesting?

The Erie Canal Changed the Course of America History!

"The U.S. Congress recognized the Erie Canal’s significance to our nation by establishing the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor in 2000. The Corridor stretches 524 miles across the full expanse of upstate New York, from Buffalo to Albany and north along the Champlain Canal to Whitehall. It threads 234 diverse communities connected by a waterway that changed not just the landscape of our state, but also our nation and its history." Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor:

In our area, a great place to start your trek along the Old Erie Canal is the Camillus Erie Canal Park.  See:

See more posts to learn more about why the Erie Canal is so cool!