Erie Canal- Central

Erie Canal- Central

Oneida to Clyde

The “keepers of the original Erie Canal” are alive and well in Central New York, despite routing changes that redirected canal traffic from their front doors in 1918. Communities from Port Byron to Syracuse to Rome are among those that showcase the Erie Canal of the 1800s, Likewise, “newer” canal communities along the current canal route from Baldwinsville through Sylvan Beach offer year-round recreation along the canal and Oneida Lake.

 Beaver Lake Nature Center

(315) 638-2519

650 acre Onondaga County Park features a 200-acre glacial lake; trails lead through woodland, meadow, and bog habitats, as well as 3-mile lake loop with strategically placed observation platforms. More than 400 educational programs offered annually.  Visit Site >

 Oneida Shores Park

(315) 676-7366

Kayak/canoe launch  Visit Site >

 Camillus Erie Canal Park

(315) 488-3409

Located along the Old Erie Canal and today's Canalway Trail, the park features Sims Store Museum, a replica canal side store circa 1856, and the award-winning 1842 Nine Mile Creek Aqueduct, which was restored and rewatered in 2009. The park also includes a dry section of Clinton's Ditch, replica lock tender's shanty, and other outdoor displays. Boat rides in summer.  Visit Site >
Passport Site

 Nine Mile Creek Aqueduct

(315) 488-3409

The impressive Nine Mile Creek aqueduct, constructed in 1841, was restored in 2009 and is the only working aqueduct on the Old Erie Canal. Boat rides in summer. Located in Camillus Erie Canal Park, which also has a segment of the original Clinton’s Ditch, and seven miles of canal and trail.  Visit Site >
Passport Site

 Canastota Canal Town Museum

(315) 697-5002

Located beside a remnant of the Old Erie Canal, the museum is filled with authentic memorabilia, art, and other exhibits featuring Canastota's contribution to the canal. Across the street is a visitors' park with historical murals and informative kiosks; easily accessed from the Canalway Trail.  Visit Site >
Passport Site

 Chittenango Falls State Park

(315) 655-9620

167-foot waterfall formed by glacial sculpting of 400 million year-old bedrock; park offers hiking, fishing and picnicking.  Visit Site >

 Chittanango Landing Canal Boat Museum

(315) 687-3801

From 1856 through 1917 the drydocks at Chittenango were a center for canal boat building and repair. Now restored, you'll see three 100-foot long stone and timber dry docks, a replica canal boat, and exhibits related to life on the canal. You’ll also discover a site restored by dedicated volunteers, whose vision and enthusiasm continue to make the museum a vibrant center on the old Erie Canal. The site is located within the Old Erie Canal State Park along the towpath Erie Canalway Trail. Bike rentals are available or bring your own and explore the trail. Bike tours by appointment.  Visit Site >
Passport Site

 Cicero Swamp Wildlife Management Area

(607) 753-3095

3,787 acres of upland and wetland; activities include birdwatching, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, hunting, fishing, and trapping.  Visit Site >

 Three Mile Bay Bird Conservation Area/Audubon's Toad Harbor Swamp Important Bird Area

(518) 402-8924

3,697 acres of wooded swamp on the northwestern shore of Oneida Lake with small amounts of marsh; also includes areas of upland forest, successional old field, and shrubland habitats.  Visit Site >

 Angler's Bay Cottages and Marina

(315) 675-3662

Sport fishing, and pontoon boat rental on Oneida Lake and the Erie Canal.  Visit Site >

 Clark Reservation State Park

(315) 492-1590

Park includes rugged cliffs and rocky outcrops, woodland, meadow, wetland, and a glacial plunge basin lake in which the surface waters and bottom waters do not mix. Activities include: hiking, birdwatching, geology, botony, fishing, guided hikes from nature center.  Visit Site >

DeWitt to Rome
 Old Erie Canal State Historic Park

(315) 637-6111

Explore the old Erie Canal. Thirty-six miles of the original channel, five stone arch aqueducts, and a number of other historic structures remain in service here, delivering water from upland reservoirs to today’s canal. Stretching from DeWitt, just east of Syracuse, to New London and the outskirts of Rome, Old Erie Canal State Park gives a first-hand sense of the scale and character of the ditch that opened a continent. The park includes the Erie Canalway Trail, which follows the old towpath and is suitable for bicycling, walking, and jogging. Picnicking, canoeing, fishing, and snowmobiling are other popular activities.  Visit Site >

 Green Lakes State Park and Round Lake National Natural Landmark

Phone: (315) 637-6111; Phone: (315) 637-8053; Reservations: (800) 456-2267

Located between Syracuse and Chittenango, adjacent to Old Erie Canal State Park and the Erie Canalway Trail, this park is named for its two unusual aquamarine glacial kettle lakes. Both Round and Green Lakes are “meromictic,” which means that there is no fall and spring mixing of surface and bottom waters. The park has a swimming beach and 10 miles of trails. Access available from the Erie Canalway Trail/Old Erie Canal SP.  Visit Site >

 Stickley Museum

(315) 682-5500

Gustav Stickley was a preeminent figure in the American Arts and Crafts Movement. The Stickley Museum contains over 150 furniture pieces spanning the history of Stickley Furniture, from early Arts and Crafts pieces to freshly cut pieces straight from the factory floor. The museum is housed in the original factory building in Fayetteville.  Visit Site >

 Jordan Canal Park

Lovely park in the Village of Jordan surrounds the Jordan Aqueduct. Built 1845 and abandoned in 1917, the aqueduct spans the Skaneateles Creek. Accessible by car or bike from the Canalway Trail.  Visit Site >

 Onondaga Lake Park

(315) 453-6721

Kayak/canoe launch. Bike and skate rentals from the McKie Rental Shop, located next to the Griffin Visitor Center at the south end of the park.  Visit Site >

 Shako:wi Cultural Center at the Oneida Indian Nation

(315) 829-8801

Offers an in depth look at the Oneida Nation. Authentic Oneida arts and crafts on display, including basketry, beadwork, dolls, rattles, and wampum.  Visit Site >

Port Byron
 Old Erie Canal Heritage Park at Port Byron

Accessible from Rooker Drive, off NY 31 or NY Thruway eastbound between exits 41 and 40, Port Byron. Pass through a brand-new visitor center to examine the side-by-side stone chambers of Enlarged Erie Canal Lock 52 and visit the Erie House, a tavern and hotel with mule barns and a blacksmith shop, built beside the lock.  Visit Site >

 Mid-Lakes Navigation

(800) 545-4318

Daily cruises on the Erie Canal and Skaneateles Lake; self-skippered canal boat charters  Visit Site >

 Erie Canal Museum

(315) 471-0593

Extensive collection and exhibits on all facets of the Erie Canal. Housed in the only remaining Weighlock Building (1850) where canal boats were weighed during the days when they traveled through the center of Syracuse on the Erie Canal. Artwork on display year round featuring works by 19th and 20th century American painters, printers and photographers who worked in canal themes.  Visit Site >
Passport Site

 Everson Museum of Art

(315) 474-6064

The museum is notable for its collection of American paintings and its renowned ceramics collection, based on the work of local artist Adelaide Alsop Robineau. It also contains the earliest and most comprehensive collection of video art. The building was designed by I.M. Pei.  Visit Site >

 Landmark Theatre

(315) 475-7980

1928. The theater is an example of architect Thomas W. Lamb's greatest works and is the only surviving movie palace in Syracuse. Today, it serves as a premier performing arts venue.  Visit Site >

 Syracuse Weighlock Building (Erie Canal Museum)

(315) 471-0593

Extensive collection and exhibits on all facets of the Erie Canal. Housed in the only remaining Weighlock Building (1850) where canal boats were weighed during the days when they traveled through the center of Syracuse on the Erie Canal.  Visit Site >
Passport Site

 Westcott Cinema

(315) 299-8886

1928. Originally a single screen threater (the Harvard), the Westcott is now a live music venue.  Visit Site >

Verona Beach
 Verona Beach Lighthouse


Fully restored and functioning 85-foot lighthouse completed in 1917 to guide Barge Canal traffic on the east end of Oneida Lake. Located six miles north from Thruway Exit 34 just off Rte. 13 near the Village of Sylvan Beach.  Visit Site >

 Verona Beach State Park

(315) 762-4463

Located on the eastern shore of Oneida Lake. Shaded picnic areas and campground are adjacent to the beach with an excellent view of the water. The winter season hosts snowmobilers, cross-country skiers and ice fishermen. The eastern portion of the park is open for hunting deer, small game, and waterfowl, in season.  Visit Site >

 Centerport and Weedsport Aqueduct Park

A 75-foot stone and wood aqueduct once carried the Erie Canal over North Brook in the historic canal town of Weedsport. Today, you can see remains of the aqueduct and access a 2 mile section of the Old Erie Canal Trail from Centreport Park just west of Weedsport to Schasel Park in Port Byron.  Visit Site >