Erie Canal Trail – Dewitt to Canastota to Rome

Part of the Erie Canalway System

Info: This system is built on the old towpath of the old Erie Canal.  Long trail system, multi-surfaces.

Directions/Location: There are multiple places to park along this part of the Erie Canalway.  Good parking near 5400 Butternut Dr, East Syracuse, NY 13057, note – this address is near the parking lot, and is not the correct address for the actual parking lot itself.

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Trail Distance: 

Trail Map (Western part of this section, see dashed line, scroll map right to see more of the trail):

Erie Canal Trail - Dewitt to Kirkville to Canastota to Durhamville

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Erie Canal Trail - Dewitt to Kirkville to Canastota to Durhamville 43.044429, -76.049938

Date/Time Open: ?

Surface: Mostly light gravel, a few places have some small depressions and larger stones or short sections of grass.  A few miles from Dewitt eastward are paved.

Biking Allowed: Yes, good for mountain bikes and hybrid bikes and cruisers, not recommended for road bikes.

Hiking/Walking Allowed: Yes.

Cross-Country Skiing: ?

Fishing: Yes

Pets Allowed: Yes.

Built on Former Railroad Bed: No, built on towpath of the old Erie Canal.

Special Instructions: At Beebe Bridge Road (before Canastota if you are coming from the west) take a left, a short distance down the road the trail continues.  At North Court Street (past Canastota if you are coming from the west) take a left and watch for the place where you can get back on the trail a short distance up the road, this is like a little detour.  In Canastota you must travel down the street a short distance to re-connect with the trail.  At Durhamville you must travel on the road for a distance.

For More Information: Erie Canal Trail info,  Map of the entire Erie Canal Trail system

Also See: Erie Canal – Camillus to Jordan, Camillus Erie Canal Park, Jordan Erie Canal Park

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One Comment

  1. A comment from a visitor to the site concerning the nearby Durhamville area;

    “I would really love to talk to someone about the Durhamville area of the old Erie Canal. I live right on the Erie and would love to help preserve this area of the trail; maybe making it into a little park of some sort. We have one of the old bridges that go across the canal and a huge lot on the other side (last I knew it was about 75 acres). The land belongs to the Scerbo family, who live out of state and last I knew, they were willing to sell it. The old homestead is still standing, in excellent condition, and is being sold by the current owners. That would make an awesome museum! I love my community and it used to be the hub of shipbuilding for the old Erie. It was considered a city back then and was bigger than the City of Oneida, NY. I really would appreciate someone to contact me and maybe come on out and see this area I am talking about. (Maybe a campground could even go on the Scerbo property across from the bridge on Canal Street!!) Thank you for taking the time to read my note. Sincerely, Debbie Smith”

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