- Explore the Erie Canal and discover a waterway that shaped our nation. Stretching more than 500 miles across the full expanse of upstate New York, the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor encompasses New York's canal system and the communities that grew along its shores.
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- Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor
New York’s canals established a transportation network which made New York the “Empire State’’ and the Nation’s premier commercial and financial center. New York’s canal system has been in continuous operation since 1825, longer than any other constructed transportation system in North America.
The Erie Canalway proved the depth and force of American ingenuity, solidified a national identity, and found an enduring place in American legend, song, and art. The canal also opened the interior of the continent to settlement. Population along the canal route in Syracuse, Rochester, and Buffalo quadrupled from 1830 to 1850; Today, 80 percent of upstate New York residents live within 25 miles of the canal. Its waterways include approximately 40 percent of New York State’s freshwater resources and drain nearly half of the state’s total area. Its rivers, streams, lakes, wetlands, and rich woodlands are home to an impressive variety of fish, birds, and forest animals, including a number of threatened and endangered species.
Erie Canalway NHC is home to the following NPS units:
- Fort Stanwix National Monument
- North Country National Scenic Trail
- Saratoga National Historical Park
- Women's Rights National Historical Park
- 34 National Historic Landmarks
- Over 800 listings on the National Register of Historic Places, including over 1,400 properties