News from the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor
Take a day or weekend and find great places to explore and enjoy in the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor. Erie Canalway has paired national parks and canal sites to create five free itineraries that introduce people to some of the best historic, cultural, and natural sites and recreational experiences within the Canalway Corridor.
Each itinerary features must see sites, as well as options for side trips. Suggestions for cycling, paddling, walking and canal tours, as well as nearby places to eat or picnic are also included. Find Your Park itineraries are available online for free and can also be downloaded at www.eriecanalway.org/FYP.htm.
“New Yorkers don’t have to travel far to experience national parks and our historic canals,” said Bob Radliff, Executive Director of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor. “These itineraries are equally great for families, as they are for people looking for weekend trips and getaways with friends or relatives.”
Five national parks and heritage areas are located within an hour’s drive of major cities in the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor and all are close to significant canal heritage sites, the 524-mile-long NYS Canal System, and the 360-mile Erie Canalway Trail.
National parks and heritage areas featured include:
Saratoga National Historical Park, Stillwater
Fort Stanwix National Monument, Rome
Women’s Rights National Historical Park, Seneca Falls
Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site, Buffalo
Niagara Falls National Heritage Area, Niagara Falls
The new itineraries are part of the National Park Service’s Find Your Park campaign to kick off its 100th anniversary. Search for more Find Your Park experiences to learn, discover, be inspired, or simply have fun in national parks.
This article was submitted by Jean McKay at the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor as part of an ongoing feature in Canalway Trail Times.