Along the Erie Canal Towpath
Info: The Camillus Erie Canal Park, established in 1972 is near the location of the midpoint of the Erie Canal. Camillus Erie Canal Park is a nice little park, free, with a nice museum (also free from what I could tell), a large steam engine exhibit, and a paid boat tour of the canal through that section of canal and of course the trail.
The trail is part of the Erie Canalway Trail. From the park eastward is a nice fine-gravel trail (a little over two miles one-way, four both ways) that ends at Warners Road/Route 173. This trail has many benches, shelters, a nature trail (where I believe you can see remains of an earlier canal), and a fully restored aqueduct. From the park a slightly shorter trail can be accessed on the opposite shore of the canal, this one dead-ends at the aqueduct but there is another trail further over (which we didn’t have time to find the entrance to).
Going west from the park is a continuation of the trail along the canal that goes to Jordan, this trail is about 10.8 miles long. The Jordan end has a nice park, remains of an aqueduct, and a garden and park.
Directions/Location: 65750 Devoe Road, Camillus – Camillus end of the trail, Village Park in Jordan, Laird Road and McDonald Road.
GPS Coordinates: 43 03’09.43N 76 18’13.25W
Trail Distance: Heading west from the park is 10.8 miles to Jordan. A little over two miles heading east, crosses over the aqueduct and ends at Warners Road (the trail on the other side of the canal is shorter and ends at the aqueduct).
Trail Map (see dashed line for trail):
Date/Time Open: Park is open year-round.
Mountain Biking Allowed: Yes.
Hiking/Walking Allowed: Yes.
Cross-Country Skiing: ?
Fishing: ? Maybe.
Pets Allowed: Yes.
Built on Former Railroad Bed: No.