• Palmyra
• Port Gibson
• Newark
• Lyons

Eastbound Erie Canal Tour
to this regional tour of 18 miles and four villages along the Erie Canal. This Web Guide is presented by the Western Erie Canal Alliance and the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor Commission for walking, hiking, biking, boating, and driving along a stretch of North America’s most successful manmade waterway--visiting Palmyra, Macedon, Newark, and Lyons in western New York. Here you can walk around and over locks on a working canal, stand between canals of two different eras, understand how mules moved America, step on abandoned locks, view four churches at one intersection, explore a canal dry dock, marvel at cobblestone architecture, enjoy the Widewaters, learn of America’s ‘burned over district,’ gaze at drumlins, see where Mormonism started, and visit many more historic places.

Macedon to Lyons Erie Canal Tour
The Erie Canal
The Erie Canal has been in continuous operation here since the canal opened between Rochester and Little Falls in 1822. At that time it was derisively called “Clinton’s Ditch,” a term used fondly today. A dramatic country-altering success, the canal was widened into the “Enlarged Erie” starting in 1835 and then widened again between 1905 and 1918 to accommodate self-powered vessels and barges. While these routes differed elsewhere across the state, here they roughly follow the same path. This tour passes the many significant structures of today’s canal, occasional remnants of Clinton’s Ditch, and numerous historic sites of the Enlarged Erie. Also welcoming you will be the now historic communities that developed along this grand waterway.

Recommended reading:
Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor’s National Significance and Historic Context.

Enjoy the Erie Canal!



Planning Your Trip

This guide has special instructions depending on your direction, mode of travel, and time available

Eastbound Westbound
  Biking / Walking   Biking / Walking
  Driving   Driving
  Boating   Boating
  Itineraries / Lodging   Itineraries / Lodging
Additional Instructions
  Picnics   Picnics
  Mormon Visitors   Mormon Visitors
  Trailer and Car Top Boats   Trailer and Car Top Boats
  Bus Groups   Bus Groups
  Adult Study Tours   Adult Study Tours



Refer to these links to canal sites and local communities as you plan your trip.