Last Updated:         December 20, 2023

Length:                   Champlain Canalway Trail: Fort Edward-Fort Ann; 12.1 miles    

                                  Feeder Canal Trail (including on-road detour); 7.4 miles

                                  South Glens Falls Bike Trail; 1 mile. On-road detour from the Feeder Canal Trail; 0.4 miles

Difficulty:               Champlain Canalway Trail; Easy. Flat stone-dust and paved trail. Moderate; On-road section.

                                 Feeder Canal Trail; Easy. Flat, stone-dust trail. One on-road detour (sidewalks).


To start from Mullen Park in Fort Edward for the Champlain Canalway Trail [Southern End] & Feeder Canal Trail [Southeastern End]; From the junction of Route 4 & East St in Fort Edward follow East St east taking your 4th left up Wing St. Cross the RR tracks and turn right on Culver St, left on McIntryre St and left on Factory St. Straight ahead is a small parking area and the trailhead. Another parking area is north  on McIntryre St.

To start from Feeder Canal Park in Hudson Falls for the Feeder Canal Trail [Southern Section]; Take Route 4 through Fort Edwards and into Hudson Falls. Take a right down John St, then a left onto Burgoyne Ave (Route 37). The park and parking lot will be on your right where the Feeder Canal crosses.

To start from the Route 9 parking lot Glens Falls for the South Glens Falls Bike Trail [Northern End]; Take exit 18 off of I-87 to Main St and head east, which becomes Broad St . Bear right on Hudson Ave to Route 9 and turn right. Cross Oakland Ave, cross the canal and turn right into the parking lot.

The Champlain Canalway Trail is a planned continuous trail from Waterford (where the Erie Canal departs from the Hudson River) North to Whitehall. The modern day Champlain Canal follows the Hudson River North to Fort Edwards where the man-made Champlain Canal branches away from the Hudson River towards Whitehall. In Fort Edwards the Feeder Canal Trail connects to the Champlain Canalway Trail.  The original 25-foot-wide Old Champlain Canal was enlarged many times and the current Champlain Canal parallels the original canal from Fort Edwards to Whitehall at the foot of Lake Champlain. The trail will mostly follow sections of the Old Champlain Canal. For more information visit; CANALWAY TRAIL and 2018 CHAMPLAIN CANAL ACTION PLAN . The first Feeder Canal was dug in 1822 in Fort Edward to direct water from the Hudson River to the Old Champlain Canal. A flood destroyed part of the dam across the Hudson, so in 1824, a new dam was built in Glens Falls and a new Feeder Canal was begun. In 1832, the Feeder Canal was improved and 13 Locks were constructed. For more information visit; FEEDER CANAL .

I have broken the Champlain Canalway Trail into 5 Sections: Starting from the Southern End; Champlain Canalway Trail; Waterford-Mechanicville , Champlain Canalway Trail; Mechanicville-Schuylerville , Schuylerville to Fort Edward is all on-road, Champlain Canalway Trail; Fort Edward-Fort Ann and Fort Ann to Whitehall is mostly all on-road.

The Champlain  Canalway Trail is part of the Empire State Trail , which will be a continuous 750-mile route spanning the state from New York City North to Canada and Buffalo East to Albany, creating the longest multi-use state trail in the nation.

Four trails intersect in this Region. Starting from Fort Edwards you can follow the Champlain Canalway Trail Northwest to the Feeder Canal Trail. From the Feeder Canal Trail you can access the South Glens Falls Bike Trail South, as well as, the Warren County Bikeway which travels North to Lake George

Champlain Canalway Trail; Schuylerville-Fort Edward Section:

From Schuylerville North to Fort Edward the route is currently all on-road. See; Empire State Trail .

Champlain Canalway Trail; Fort Edward-Fort Ann Section:

Starting from the Factory Street parking lot at Mullen Park in Fort Edward [Southern End]; Playground, sports field & sports courts. Follow the narrow, paved Champlain Canalway Trail through Mullen Park past the playground where the trail travels Northeast. Here the Old Champlain Canal is buried. 

Note; The Old Champlain Canal continues West but is not accessible. There are supposed to be remnants of Old Champlain Canal Lock 15, which was built around 1862 as part of the Enlarged Champlain Canal. After the Canal was abandoned in 1918, this section was preserved to provide access to the Glens Falls Feeder Canal nearby. Also on this site is a large dry-dock right next to the Lock (once part of the original 1822 canal), and next to that is the mouth of the Old Fort Edward Feeder Canal. The site is heavily wooded and completely overgrown. I have not checked out this site.

Come to McIntryre Street where you'll find a second parking lot. Map Board & BIKE STATION. The trail continues as stone-dust past a stone monument following alongside the Old Champlain Canal out to Towpath Lane. Cross the road where the narrow trail travels between Towpath Lane and the canal to your left. This part of the Old Champlain Canal is very overgrown and the trail a bit rough so you may elect to utilize Towpath Lane (low traffic). After 1.1 miles you'll pick up a nice wide, smooth, stone dust trail where you enter the woods. Canalway Trail parking here. You come to the Southeastern End of the Feeder Canal Trail after 1.9 miles.

Note; See Feeder Canal Trail Below

The Champlain Canalway Trail continues North and the Old Champlain Canal is more distinct with the added water from the Feeder Canal. You'll pass by an old stone bridge abutment at 2.3 miles, informational sign. After 2.9 miles the trail is paved as you cross a bridge over an Old Champlain Canal Lock, followed by a bridge over Bond Creek before coming to Rabideau Lane. Turn right, then left through a tunnel underneath Route 198 to Towpath Rd at 3.1 miles.

Note; Here the trail utilizes Towpath Rd (Gravel Rd with washboard, rough) North alongside the Old Champlain Canal Lock for 2.7 miles.

Come to New Swamp Rd at 5.6 miles and turn right. Cross the RR tracks and pick up a stone-dust road on your left just before a bridge over the Champlain Canal. This will take you down to the New Swamp Road parking lot at 5.8 miles in Kingsbury. The wide, open, stone-dust Champlain Canalway Trail now heads North alongside the Champlain Canal. The trail becomes paved as you come to Champlain Canal Lock 9 at 7.4 miles. Picnic tables, Porto-Potty and informational signs. You then head left out past the Lock 9 parking lot and travel on-road along Lock 9 Way (low traffic). You'll pick up the paved trail on your left again at 7.8 miles. This brings you to a cross-light over Route 149. Here the trail crosses an inlet and continues North along an open woodland corridor with an active RR line up on your left. Come back alongside the Champlain Canal at 8.1 miles. Cross an iron arched bridge over a creek at 9.5 miles. Pull away from the canal and come to the Baldwin Corners Road parking lot after 10.2 miles. Picnic table and BIKE STATION. Head left, West, for a 0.2 mile on-road section (wide shoulder), crossing the RR tracks and picking up the trail on your right. Here the open, stone-dust Champlain Canalway Trail continues North atop the Old Champlain Enlarged Canal Towpath. Active RR Line below right. Next you'll pass through the remains of the Old Champlain Enlarged Canal Combine Locks 16 & 17 before emerging at Ann St in Fort Ann after 12.1 miles Informational signs. Head right along Ann St, crossing the RR tracks and come to the Fort Ann parking lot across the road at 12.2 miles. This sits next to the Champlain Canal and has a gazebo, picnic tables and Map Board. The Empire State Trail continues right on-road along Ann St crossing the bridge over the Champlain Canal

Champlain Canalway Trail; Fort Ann-Whitehall Section:

From Fort Ann North to Whitehall the Champlain Canalway Trail is mostly all on-road. A short paved trail follows along S Quarry Ln to Hawk Rd in Comstock. In Whitehall, a 0.4 mile paved trail travels North through Waterfront Park alongside the Champlain Canal to Main St. If you then head left, West, on-road along Division St it will bring you to Route 22. The Route 22 BIKE LANE continues North for 23.3 miles to Route 41. See; Empire State Trail .

Feeder Canal Trail:

Starting from the intersection of the Champlain Canalway Trail & Feeder Canal Trail in Hudson Falls [Southeastern End]; The paved Feeder Canal Trail travels Northwest crossing a bridge to Lock 1. A picnic table is located here. You then pass by the overgrown Locks 2 & 3 before passing by Lock 3 and Lock 4. Continuing along the trail you pass by a reclaimed landfill on your right near the unseen Lock 5. This begins the only hill climb on the trail. You pass by the descending Locks that form the Five Combines, Locks 6-10. At the top you reach the Feeder Canal Park parking lot in Hudson Falls at 0.6 miles. Historical signs here. Cross the road to Lock 11 where the sluiceway begins. This brings extra water down along the canal via its own channel. The trail stone-dust trail continues along the North Side of the Feeder Canal. Pass by Lock 12 before crossing Pearl St and Lock 13 at 1.1 miles. Cross Maple St and look left to spot the old Feeder Canal Coal Silos. Cross Martindale Ave.

Note; Left across the canal is the Martindale Boat Basin Park.

The trail returns to stone dust and brings you to Route 4. Head right to a crosswalk, then left back across the canal to the Murray Park parking lot at 1.7 miles. Here the trail follows the South Side of the Feeder Canal. The trail turns East before crossing Warren St at 2.6 miles. Cross light over busy Route 254 at 3.2 miles. You travel underneath a road bridge, a RR bridge and then a 3rd bridge before coming to Shermantown Rd after 4.2 miles in Glens Falls. Map Board. At one time there were 83 lime kilns along the canal and if you look left you can see some of the stone work ruins.  

Note; Past here the Feeder Canal is not accessible because of industry and thus requires an on-road detour.

Turn right, North and head up Shermantown Rd to Route 32 (Warren St) and head left, East. Wide shoulder and sidewalk available. Quickly come to Platt St at 4.5 miles.

Note; If you travel North, on-road, up Platt St (low traffic) you will quickly pick up the paved Warren County Bikeway on your left.

Continuing East along Warren St you pass an historic Armory, now used by the National Guard. You'll come to Glen St roundabout (Route 9) after 5.2 miles. Travel left, South, along the double-wide sidewalk. You cross Oakland Ave and the canal before coming to the Route 9 parking lot on your right at 5.4 miles. Here you'll re-join the Feeder Canal Trail.

Note; From here you can also access the South Glens Falls Bike Trail by continuing South across the Cooper's Cave Bridge. See Below.

The Feeder Canal Trail starts out following the Western Side of the Hudson River. Past the end of the parking lot the trail follows a causeway South between the Hudson River and the Eastern Side of the Feeder Canal. You'll pass by a canoe/kayak launch before crossing Pruyns Island Dr. Here the trail utilizes Pruyns Island. The trail turns West before coming to Bush St at 6.8 miles. Bush Street parking lot here along with a Map Board.

Note; Left, East, Bush St takes you to the Haviland's Cove Park, along the banks of the Hudson River

The trail then travels between the Feeder Canal and Hudson River before coming to the Feeder Dam and Lock 14. Cross the footbridge over the canal to the Feeder Canal Park parking lot and the end of the trail after 7.4 miles.

South Glens Falls Bike Trail:

Starting from the Route 9 parking lot in Glens Falls [Northern End]; Head South along Route 9 (wide shoulder/sidewalk available) across Cooper's Cave Bridge to South Glens Falls. Notice at the bottom of the falls in the Hudson River the rock formation known as Cooper's Cave, a site made famous in James Cooper's novel "The Last of the Mohicans". Take your first right on River St. Come to the South Glens Falls Historical Park parking lot on your right. At the end of the parking lot is the gazebo and the start of the South Glens Falls Bike Trail after 0.4 miles. [Re-zeroing Mileage] The trail travels South through the park and alongside the Hudson River before coming to Beach Rd at 0.9 miles. Head right on-road (low traffic) and you'll come to the South Glens Falls Beach parking lot after 1.1 miles. Very scenic and includes a viewing platform on the rivers bank.