Erie Barge Canal Vacation, Lyons, Palmyra, Tonawanda

Several Erie Canal Locks along the way have day parking for large rigs.  The area between Lyons and Tonawanda is sparsley settled exept for the area of Rochester.  Bike trails in this area are a mix of paved bicycle trails, stone dust, and gravel.  Several loop through the downtown of the historic villages.
The area of Macedon and lock 30 offers spacious parking and the interesting town of Palmyra.  Check with the lockkeeper about overnight parking.

RV Erie Barge Canal Vacation, Lyons, Palmyra, Tonawanda

Bicycle off-road bicycle trails from Albany to Buffalo

RV the Erie Barge Canal on Vacation, a great place for Hiking and Biking along the Historic Erie Canalway
RV parks and the Lock parks make the Erie Barge Canal a great place for recreation.  The old towpaths are now the Erie Bike Trails, Canal mule paths and Rail Lines Turned Into Bike trails
Friendly lock tenders will give you good info about the trail ahead
An RV vacation on the canal is great for lovers of history.  Three versions of the canal have been preserved and offer a walk along historic sites and old towpaths where mules once pulled the boats

Erie Barge Canal History

The Erie Barge Canal supported by Governor of New York, Dewitt Clinton who broke ground in 1817.   Construction was completed in 1825.  The canal allowed boats to travel from Lake Erie in the west to the Hudson River in the east.
This engineering marvel was called at times Clinton's Folly but proved to be a boon to New York City, making it the financial capital of the world.
The Canal has been through two rebuilding phases since the first project and has been enlarged to accomodate steam powered vessels of deeper draft.  One steam and engine power came in, the towpaths along the old course fell to disuse.
Railroads and trolley companies built track along the canal and then as transportation modes changed, the flat and wide rail beds became bike and walking paths.

Canal's western end near Niagara Falls
Sunset over Niagara Falls.
RV s can park at Niagara Falls for sightseeing and biking  
On the Tonawanda bike trail at the western end of the Erie Barge Canal near Niagara Falls.
Fishing at the confluence Erie Canal and Niagara River.
Modern Locks built in 1917 allow the passage of a boats between NY City and Buffalo
Multi-use trails along the Erie Canal total nearly 300 miles
Lock 30 in Macedon: large RV parking and a stone dust bike trail beside the Erie Canal that runs for many miles between Palmyra and Lockport.
The original Erie Canal  locks are now abandoned in favor of the upgraded Erie Barge Canal
Albany, at the east end of the Erie Canal, offers air service from Albany International Airport (ALB) Rental
  • Auto
Interstate Highway 90 runs parallel to the Erie Canal from Albany to Buffalo
  • Bus
Greyhound, Trailways, and other bus lines service Buffalo and Albany.  Bikes can go aboard in the luggage compartment
•Baggage must not exceed 62 inches when adding the total exterior dimensions of the piece (length + width + height). A charge of $30 - $40 (depending on the distance traveled) will be applied to any baggage above the 62-inch limit.
◦Packaging exceptions will only be made for the following items: bicycles, skis and ski poles must be packed in wood, canvas or other substantial container, and securely fastened    (Excerpted from Greyhound)
  • Train
Amtrak, Albany-Rensselaer, NY, (ALB) To Buffalo,  Depew, NY,  (BUF),   $47 USD, five hours
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The original Erie Canal  locks are now a park after having been abandoned in favor of the upgraded Erie Barge Canal
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