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Walking along the Erie Canal Trail

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Walking along the Erie Canal Trail

Where is a good place to park to take a 2 to 4 mile walk along the canal trail?

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1. Re: Walking along the Erie Canal Trail

Several places come to mind, Bushnells Basin, Fairport village, Village of Pittsford.

Here is a link to the trails systems in New York, have fun!

http://ptny.org/

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Thank you, I don't know why it was so hard to search out. Much apprecitated.

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3. Re: Walking along the Erie Canal Trail

If you have time do the Sam Patch boat ride, nice time!

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4. Re: Walking along the Erie Canal Trail

You will find a complete description of the Erie Canal in the Finger Lakes here: ilovethefingerlakes.com/recreation/canals.htm

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much thanks - it turned out we spent so much time at the Lilac Festival that we didn't get to the canals but I might be back up there in two weeks or so.

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6. Re: Walking along the Erie Canal Trail

Here's a decent walk, almost 4 miles out and back, the turnaround point has a couple of restaurants and shops. Basically, it's Great Embankment Park to Schoen Place and back. We take the dog along this route fairly regularly.

http://g.co/maps/st8fy

When you get to the park you'll see a parking lot as you enter to the left, but if you keep to the right up the hill, there's another, smaller, lot right on the trail.

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Sunshine: In general, for many, many main roads that cross the canal via bridge, there will be at least one parking lot for cars and visitors to the canal trail and system. So really, it boils down, I think, too where are you staying or is there some feature of the canal (lock, park, etc?) that you want to see, or some local canal adjacent local attraction (like shopping/restaurants) at any number of towns like Pittsford, Fairport, on the east side, or on the west side Brockport, Spencerport. Often these towns will host art/craft fairs (last weekend was Fairport Canal Days) on weekends...so check your local listings so to speak. You'll never have a problem finding someplace to park (except on the craft/fair weekends) nearby. I can't think of anyplace you'd have to pay to park...even at the closest place to downtown Rochester, which is in Genesee Valley Park, about 2 miles south of downtown, it's free to park.

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8. Re: Walking along the Erie Canal Trail

If you park at Schoen Place in Pittsford and then walk to the right (going west) it's 1.5 miles to Lock 32. So you can have 3 mile roundtrip walk. Or of you go to Lock 33, another mile or so, you'll have a nice 5 mile roundtrip. At the lock you might see boats coming in or going out and thus see how the lock operates.

If you park at the Burgundy Basin Inn, across from Bushnell's Basin, your walk to Pittsford is probably around 2 miles.

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