CHAMPLAIN CANALWAY TRAIL; KINGSBURY-FORT ANN-WHITEHALL

KINGSBURY-FORT ANN-WHITEHALL, NEW YORK

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Last Updated:       March 27, 2019

Length:                 Champlain Canalway Trail-Kingsbury; 1 mile

                               Champlain Canalway Trail-Fort Ann; 1.7 miles

                               Champlain Canalway Trail-Whitehall; 0.5 miles

Difficulty:             Champlain Canalway Trail-Kingsbury; Easy. Flat stone-dust trail.

                               Champlain Canalway Trail-Fort Ann; Easy, flat. Possibly hard packed dirt and grass?

                               Champlain Canalway Trail-Whitehall; Easy. Flat paved trail.

Directions:           

For the Champlain Canalway Trail-Fort Ann section; From the intersection of Route 4 & Ann St in Fort Ann head east on Ann St. Just before the bridge over the canal will be the Fort Ann Waterfront Parking lot on your left.

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 Old Champlain Canal 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 Trail. For more information visit; CANALWAY TRAIL and 2018 CHAMPLAIN CANAL ACTION PLAN .

Currently the Champlain Canalway Trail is broken down into 4 sections: Champlain Canalway Trail; Waterford-Halfmoon , Champlain Canalway Trail; Mechanicville-Stillwater-Saratoga , Champlain Canalway Trail; Greenwich-Fort Edward and Champlain Canalway Trail; Kingsbury-Fort Ann-Whitehall.

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.

CHAMPLAIN CANALWAY TRAIL; KINGSBURY SECTION:

Starting from the intersection of the Feeder Canal Trail & Old Champlain Canal Towpath in Fort Edward; (See; Champlain Canalway Trail; Greenwich-Fort Edward ) Head north along the stone-dust Old Champlain Canal Towpath. The old canal is more distinct with the added water from the Feeder Canal. You'll pass by an old stone bridge abutment and encounter a change in the trail surface to hard packed dirt. The trail ends after 1 mile next to an old footbridge across the canal spillway. Note; This last 1 mile section of trail is scheduled to be re-graded to all stone-dust. Plans call for continuing the trail north over Bond Creek, then under Route 196 where the trail will continue another 2.5 miles along Towpath Rd to New Swamp Rd in Kingsbury. Construction is scheduled for completion Fall 2020.

Note; Plans have been approved to continue the Champlain Canalway Trail north from New Swamp Rd in Kingsbury to the Champlain Canal Lock C-9. The trail will then continue north connecting to an already-existing stretch of trail connecting Baldwin Corners Road to Ann Street (Fort Ann Waterfront Park) in Fort Ann. Planned completion date of Fall 2020.

CHAMPLAIN CANALWAY TRAIL; FORT ANN SECTION:

Starting from Ann Street (Fort Ann Waterfront Park); A picnic pavilion and canal dock are located at Fort Ann Waterfront Park. I haven't checked out this section. The trail begins across the road next to the old Champlain Canal Locks 16-17. The Champlain Canalway Trail travels south along S Canal St (gravel) for about 0.3 miles before following the old Towpath.  I'm not sure of the surface, it appears to be hard packed dirt and grass. Parts of the old canal are still visible along sections of the trail. After 1.7 miles the trail ends at Baldwin Corners Road.

CHAMPLAIN CANALWAY TRAIL; WHITEHALL SECTION:

Starting from Skenesborough Drive parking area (Waterfront Park); A picnic pavilion and boat launch are located here. I haven't checked out this section. The paved Champlain Canalway Trail travels between the Canal and Skenesborough Drive heading north. Pass by more pavilions, a waterfront arena, a red D&H caboose and the Skenesborough Museum before traveling underneath the Saunders Street Bridge and coming to the Main Street parking lot after 0.4 miles. Continue north on-road along Main St and you'll come to the Champlain Canal Lock 12 after 0.5 miles. This is the end of the Champlain Canalway Trail.

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