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Explore the Erie Canal and discover America's most famous and influential man-made waterway. Nowhere else will you find the distinctive locks and low bridges of the New York State Canal System or discover towns and cities whose watery front doors still give way to lively Main Streets.

More than 500 miles of historic waterways and trails are here to explore.

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Image of a woman walking with a mule team along a canal towpath.


The Erie Canal carried more than cargo. It was the Internet of its day.

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A modern canal boat prepares to go under a bridge.


Experience the rich history, hometown hospitality, and numerous attractions of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor.

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Two cyclists enjoying a bike ride along a misty canal path.

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