What's Hot on the Trail?

Discover great food and beverages, historic sites, parks, and communities along the waterway and trail when you take up the quest for what's Hot on the Trail as you complete your Canalway Challenge. Earn a chance to win great prizes while treasuring the memories you make along the way.

It's easy to participate!

ECNHC_CC_Circle1_50px.pngSign up or log in to your Canalway Challenge. Click on Hot on the Trail in the menu to start your quest.

ECNHC_CC_Circle2_50px.pngVisit sites in each of the nine categories below while logging your miles on the waterway or trail.

ECNHC_CC_Circle3_50px.pngFill in the name and location of your favorite site in each category to complete your quest. You'll receive a certificate of recognition and be entered into a drawing to win great prizes.

Hot on the Trail with Coronavirus? Let's Get Creative!

We envisioned Hot on the Trail pre-COVID-19. With NY on Pause, it's time to get creative. We encourage you to pursue Hot on the Trail locally and to visit less crowded sites that remain open to visitation. Order restaurant take out or have a picnic for LOCAL FOOD/BEVERAGE. Look for outdoor sculptures or murals for ARTS. We suspect you'll have no trouble finding HIDDEN GEMS. Most important, be safe and have fun while tracing history and tracking miles!

Here's what's hot this week...

Canalway Challengers have lots of recommendations. We’ll update the list as more come in. Be sure to check back from time to time to see what’s Hot on the Trail!

Buffalo Brew Trail, Buffalo
Cobblestone Museum, Albion
Holley Canal Falls, Holley
Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site, Buffalo
Culvert Road, Medina
Village of Brockport, Brockport
Flight of Five, Lockport
Riviera Theatre, North Tonawanda
Spencerport Depot and Canal Museum, Spencerport
Lock 32 Brewing, Pittsford
Old Erie Canal Heritage Park at Port Byron, Port Byron
Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge, Montezuma
Womens Rights National Historical Park, Seneca Falls
Lock 30, Macedon
Village of Fairport, Fairport
Nine Mile Creek Aqueduct, Camillus Erie Canal Park, Camillus
Murals in Lyons, Lyons
Richmond Aqueduct, Montezuma
FX Matt Brewing Company, Utica
Erie Canal Museum- Weighlock Building, Syracuse
Green Lakes State Park, Fayetteville
Fort Stanwix National Monument, Rome
Verona Beach Light House, Verona Beach
Sylvan Beach, Sylvan Beach
Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum, Chittenango
Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute, Utica
Canastota Canal Town Museum, Canastota
Karen's Produce (and ice cream, pie, etc.), Tribes Hill
USS Slater, Albany
Cohoes Falls, Cohoes
Peebles Island State Park, Waterford
Waterford Flight, Waterford
Canal Place/Little Falls, Little Falls
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site, Fort Hunter
Arkell Museum, Canajoharie
Moss Island Natural National Landmark, Little Falls
Canal Street Market Place (Farmers Market), Fort Edward
Philip Schuyler House, Schuylerville
Hudson Crossing Park, Schuylerville
Saratoga National Historical Park, Stillwater
Lock C4 State Canal Park, Stillwater
Glens Falls, Glens Falls
Glens Falls Feeder Canal, Fort Edward - Glens Falls
Hyde Collection, Glens Falls
Old Champlain Canal Towpath Trail, Schuylerville
Lock 1 Distilling Company, Phoenix
H.Lee White Marine Museum, Oswego
Great Bear Spring Recreation Area, Fulton
Fort Ontario State Historic Site, Oswego
Phoenix Bridge House at Lock O1, Phoenix
Oswego Paddlefest, Fulton and Minetto to Oswego
Old Oswego Canal Lock 7, Fulton
Concerts on the River, Phoenix
Old City Hall (Bar & Grill), Oswego
Finger Lakes Beer Trail , Multiple locations
Women's Rights National Historical Park, Seneca Falls
Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge, Montezuma
Watkins Glen State Park, Watkins Glen
Combined Locks CS 2-3, Seneca Falls
Memorial Day in Waterloo, Waterloo
Richmond Aqueduct, Montezuma
Ludovico Sculpture Trail, Seneca Falls
Seneca Museum of Waterways and Industry, Seneca Falls


Use the NYS Canals Map to find sites and plan your trip.

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