CHAMPLAIN CANALWAY TRAIL; FORT EDWARD-FORT ANN

FORT EDWARD-FORT ANN, NEW YORK

FEEDER CANAL TRAIL:

HUDSON FALLS-GLEN FALLS, NEW YORK

SOUTH GLENS FALLS BIKE TRAIL:

SOUTH GLENS FALLS, NEW YORK

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Letterbox Planted: June 29, 2004

Last Updated:         June 29, 2004

Length:                   Champlain Canalway Trail; 12 miles    

                                  Feeder Canal Trail (including on-road detour); 7 miles

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

Difficulty:               Easy. Flat, stone dust trail. One on-road detour (sidewalks).

Directions:

To start from Mullen Park in Fort Edward [Champlain Canalway Trail & Feeder Canal Trail] 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. 

To start from Feeder Canal Park in Hudson Falls [Feeder Canal Trail]; 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 Feeder Dam in Glens Falls [Feeder Canal Trail & South Glens Falls Bike Trail]; Take exit 18 off of I-87 to Corinth Rd and head east. Turn right down Richardson St and take to its end at the Feeder Dam 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 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 to Canada and Buffalo to Albany, creating the longest multi-use state trail in the nation.

Four trails roughly intersect in this region, this page describes three. Starting from Fort Edwards you can follow the Champlain Canalway Trail to the Feeder Canal Trail. From the Feeder Canal Trail you can access the Warren County Bikeway, as well as, the South Glens Falls Bike Trail. The Warren County Bikeway travels north to Lake George

Champlain Canalway Trail:

Starting from Mullen Park in Fort Edward; The paved Champlain Canalway Trail travels northeast through Mullen Park (the canal is buried here) and out to McIntryre St. 

Note; The 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 some years 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.

The Champlain Canalway Trail continues 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. After 1.1 miles you'll pick up a nice wide, smooth, stone dust trail where you enter the woods. Parking Area here. You come to the start of the Feeder Canal Trail after 1.9 miles. See 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 just past 2.1 miles and encounter a change in the trail surface to hard packed dirt close to 2.6 miles. The trail ends after 2.9 miles next to an old footbridge across the canal spillway. 

I have not checked out this next section, plan on visiting in 2021. The last 1 mile section of trail was re-graded to all stone-dust. The next section crosses the Old Champlain Canal, continues north and crosses over Bond Creek before traveling underneath Route 196 to Towpath Rd after about 3 miles. Here the trail utilizes Towpath Rd (I believe a gravel Rd) north to New Swamp Rd in Kingsbury. Head right on New Swamp Road crossing the RR tracks and you'll come to a parking lot on your left after 5.6 miles just before the Champlain Canal. The (stone-dust ?) Champlain Canalway Trail now follows alongside the Champlain Canal north to Champlain Canal Lock 9 at 7.6 miles. You cross over the Champlain Canal to the Lock 9 parking lot and travel on-road along Lock 9 Way for 0.5 miles to Route 149 at 8.1 miles. Across the road the (paved-stone dust?) Champlain Canalway Trail continues north alongside the Champlain Canal. Come to Baldwin Corner Road after 10.4 miles. Parking lot. Head left, crossing the RR tracks and you'll pick up the trail on your right. Here the (stone dust-grass ?) Champlain Canalway Trail continues north through the woods emerging on a S Canal St. This short dirt road brings you out to Ann St in Fort Ann after about 12 miles.

Note; From Fort Ann to Whitehall the Champlain Canalway Trail is mostly all on-road. See Map.

Feeder Canal Trail:

Starting from the intersection of the Champlain Canalway Trail & Feeder Canal Trail; Travel northwest along the Feeder Canal Trail crossing a bridge to Lock 1. A picnic table is located here. You then pass by the overgrown Locks 2 & 3. Between Lock 3 and the next Lock 4, at a mile, look to your right for a long log next to the trail. In the middle of the log is a two-trunked tree. This is 9 paces (2 steps = 1 pace) back from a wooden mile marker sign with a 7 on it. Go to the backside of the log, next to the tree and under some bark (There was a rock on top at one point, if you find one please place it on top) is the Feeder Canal Trail Letterbox. Continuing along the trail you pass by Lock 4 and come to 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. Pass by Lock 12, then Lock 13 at 1.1 mile. Cross over Maple St for a short paved section that doubles as a road for driveway access. The trail returns to stone dust at 1 miles. You then cross over Martindale Ave where the trail continues on the opposite side of the canal next to a linear park and parking lot. At 2 miles, the canals sides become concrete. You come to a busy road crossing across Route 254 at 3 miles. No cross light. You pass under the first of 3 bridges at 3 miles. The second bridge is a railway bridge and the third is a footpath over the canal. You travel through the Glens Falls Portland Cement plant and come to Shermantown Rd after 4 miles in Glens Falls. 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; From here you can access the western end of the Feeder Canal Trail via an on-road detour, as well the Warren County Bikeway and South Glens Falls Bike Trail. Turn right and head up Shermantown Rd. Turn left on Warren St.

Note; Across the street after mile will be Platt St. That will connect you to the Warren County Bikeway.

Continuing straight down Warren St you pass an historic Armory, now used by the National Guard. You'll come to Glen St (Route 9) after a mile, turn left here. You cross over the canal at 1 miles and pick up the Feeder Canal Trail on your right.

Note; From here you can also access the South Glens Falls Bike Trail on-road less then a mile away. See Below.

Heading west along the remainder of the Feeder Canal Trail you start out next to the Hudson River and Glens Falls. You'll pass by an old stone bridge abutment at 0.9 miles and come to the Bush St Bridge just shy of 1 miles. This road takes you to the Haviland's Cove Park, along the banks of the Hudson River. You come alongside the river again and the trail finally ends at the Feeder Dam and Lock 14 after 1.9 miles. Cross over the footbridge to the Feeder Canal Park parking lot.

South Glens Falls Bike Trail:

From the Feeder Canal Trail off Route 9; Travel south over the Glens Falls Bridge into 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". Cross the road and look for a sign that reads South Glens Falls Historical Park. Turn right down this road. This brings you to the park and a gazebo. The South Glens Falls Bike Trail starts at the top of the parking lot. The trail runs alongside the Hudson River and brings you to South Glens Falls Beach after a mile. Very scenic and includes a viewing platform on the rivers bank.

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