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 another grass surface trail travels along the opposite side of the canal the same length of the opposite trail. – either trail can be accessed at either end.
Going west from the park is a continuation of the trail along the canal that goes to Jordan and then to Weedsport, this trail is around 15 miles long. The Jordan end has a nice park, remains of an aqueduct, and a garden and park and you must travel a short distance on a lightly-traveled street. At Weedsport you must also travel a short distance along a street where you can watch for the trail on the right, which goes a short distance and ends.
Directions/Location: 5750 Devoe Road, Camillus, NY 13031 – Camillus end of the trail, Village Park in Jordan, Laird Road and McDonald Road and some other locations along the trail.
GPS Coordinates: 43 03’09.43N 76 18’13.25W
Trail Distance: Heading west from the park is around 15 miles to Jordan. A little over two miles heading east.
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, built on canal towpath.