Planted:                July 13, 2008

Length:                 D & H Canal Linear Park; 4.1 miles

                              Bashakill Wildlife Management Area: O & W Rail Trail; about 6 miles.

Difficulty:            Moderate. Flat, grass and hard packed dirt trail.                            


To start from Wurstboro; From Route 17 take exit 113 to Route 209 north into the village of Wurstboro. Then take a right down Sullivan St (Route 171) and you'll see a small pavilion on your left between Canal St and Burger Lane. This is where the trail crosses.  

To start from Summitville; From Route 17 take exit 113 to Route 209 north  and after 5.8 miles look for Bova Rd on your left and the entrance to D & H Canal Interpretive Center.

For the Bashakill Wildlife Management Area; From Route 17 take exit 113 to Route 209 south. Travel 1.9 miles, ignoring the first sign you see for Bashakill on your left, until you come to Haven Rd on your left. Cross over the Bashakill and the trail crosses the road here. Take a left along the gravel road to the parking lot. See map for other parking options. For the D & H Canal, continue south on Route 209 until you come to Stone Field Lane on the left. This should take you to a parking lot for the canal.

The D & H Canal Linear Park follows the old towpath along the historic D&H Canal. Remains of the original locks, dry-dock & waste weirs are visible from the towpath trail. As a result of the War of 1812 Americans were faced with an energy shortage due to the blockade of shipments of soft (bituminous) coal from England. Designed as a system of transportation between the coal fields of Pennsylvania and the ports of New York along the Hudson River, the Delaware & Hudson Canal was one of many towpath canals constructed in the early years of the nineteenth century. The coal passed over a gravity railroad to haul coal from the mines to the canal terminus at Honesdale, PA. From its opening in 1828 to its demise in 1898, the D&H Canal transported millions of tons of anthracite coal. The canal was 108 miles long (Honesdale, PA to Kingston, NY) and contained 108 locks, 22 aqueducts, 136 bridges, 22 reservoirs, 16 dams and 14 feeders. For more information visit; D & H CANAL LINEAR PARK . I also provide information concerning sections of the O & W Rail Trail & D & H Canal Towpath that travel through the Bashakill Wildlife Management Area

Another section of the D & H Canal can be found near the Pennsylvania border, See; D & H Canal; Port Jervis . Further north are several trails that follow the route of the old O & W Railroad along the D & H Canal Heritage Corridor. See; D & H Canal Heritage Corridor

Starting from Summitville; Located here off Bova Rd is the D & H Canal Interpretive Center. Lock 50 of the canal is located here (there were a total of 108 locks between Hornsdale, PA and Kingston, NY) as well as informational signs and wooden mileage posts. This is a grass lined trail that follows alongside the old canal (called Basher Kill).

Note; Heading north the trail ends at Route 209. See the map below for directions to visit Locks 42-45 nearby.

Heading south the old canal is on your right and marsh along your left. After a mile you come to Summitville Rd. 

Note; A short 0.3 mile detour is necessary. 

Turn right and cross the bridge, then cross the road and go to the dirt road near the power lines. A quick left up a dirt trail will take you out to a parking area along Route 209. Travel right a short distance and then cross over Route 209 to the canal. USE CAUTION AS THIS IS A HIGH SPEED ROAD AND THERE IS NO CROSS-WALK. The canal is wider and more open along this section with a marsh along your left side. The trail is double-track grass and gravel, but contains multiple wooden culverts that you must cross over. Can be annoying on a bike. There is also a picnic table and Porto-potty here. The trail follows the canal through woodland and marsh until just past Leadmine and McDonald Roads. You then cross a bridge over the canal and head back into the woods. At about 3.2 miles you'll come to the gravel trail access on your right for Hornbeck's Basin which contains parking and a Porto-potty. Continuing along the trail you enter Wurstboro and will start to see houses. You come to Ferguson Lane after 3.6 miles.

Note; You'll need to take a 0.3 mile on-road detour

Turn right up Ferguson Lane (dirt road) and then left onto First St (residential). Travel past the Town Water Authority on your left and you'll come to a sharp right turn. Look to your left and head into the woods past a chain gate. This will bring you back to the trail atop a berm. A wooden fence runs along it. I'm not sure why they haven't connected this gap yet. If you head left, you'll see that the gap is small. Heading right, you cross over an iron bridge, pass by the white fire department building and cross over Pine St. This brings you to a pavilion with benches, a picnic table and an informational sign and Sullivan St in Wurstboro at 4.1 miles. The trail crosses over Sullivan St and goes around a sub-station, but I stopped here so I don't know the trail condition or if you can reach the Bashakill Wildlife Management Area which is another completed section of trail further south.

Bashakill Wildlife Management Area:

The Bashakill Wildlife Management Area consists of 2,175 acres and is the largest freshwater wetland in southeastern NY. There are 15 miles of trails and several observation towers. One trail follows the D & H Canal, which borders the Bashakill on the west and another follows the old O & W Railroad bed on the east side. I didn't have a chance to ride either trail, but I did check out the old O & W Railroad bed. It appears to be a flat, grass-lined trail and looks to run from Walker Lane, which is just north of Route 17, south crossing over Bashakill Creek, then alongside the Bashakill and ending near South Rd close to Route 61. I don't know the distance, but I estimate it to be about 6 miles. I hope to get back here in the future.