New York

Historic Champlain Canalway Trail

An approximately 6-mile segment of the projected 58-mile long Canalway Trail corridor, this trail in Halfmoon appeals to bird watchers, history buffs, and health-conscious recreationists.

photo:  Photo by Connie Golden.

Length: 6.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Greenway
Agency: City, Town, or County
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

Dogs - On leash
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running

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Location: Follows canal from S of Mechanicsville through Halfmoon to the Waterford Town line north of Schoolhouse Lane.”
State(s): New York
Counties: Saratoga
Longitude: -73.68231720674686
Latitude: 42.86109409661434

Driving Directions

There are three trailhead parking areas on the original canal towpath. All can be accessed from Hudson River Road (US 4 and NYS 32) by going up hill and crossing the railroad tracks. They are on Upper Newtown Road (County Rd 86), Brookwood Road and just into Waterford following Schoolhouse Lane and Bells Lane North to Clute Street.

Description

The Historic Champlain Canalway Trail in the Town of Halfmoon is approximately a six-mile segment of a 58-mile long Canalway Trail corridor. The Town of Halfmoon participates in an on-going planning effort coordinated by the NPS Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program with the goal, "To complete and promote an attractive and continuous route for the Champlain Canalway Trail from Waterford to Whitehall, including historic towpaths, community attractions, and parallel on-street bicycle routes."

The Town of Halfmoon owns the Champlain Canalway Trail corridor within the Town. Approximately three miles of the trail is an improved, stone dust trail that is eight feet wide. Trailhead parking is available at the northern end of the improved trail segment and an additional trailhead parking lot is located off Brookwood Road. To the north of the improved segment are segments of unimproved trail. These segments are essentially footpaths at this time. The Town has plans and grant applications pending to construct, multi-use stone dust trail segments for the entire six miles of trail within Halfmoon. The six miles of trail are located in a rural setting, with the trail bordered by farm fields, wetlands and wood lots.

Additional Details

Width: 96 inches.
Primary Surface: Crushed Rock
Secondary Surface: Crushed Rock

Elevation Low Point: 243
Elevation High Point: 276
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:
2009

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: American Trails Featured NRT
Website: Halfmoon Waterfront Connection Project

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail Management:
Kevin Tollisen
Town of Halfmoon
2 Halfmoon Town Plaza
Halfmoon, NY 12065
(518) 371-7410 ext. 2200
[email protected]
http://www.townofhalfmoon.org

Information Contact:
Carrie Milano
2 Halfmoon Town Plaza
Halfmoon, NY 12065
(518) 371-7410 ext. 2206
[email protected]
http://www.townofhalfmoon.org

 

Photos

 Photo by Connie Golden.

Photo by Connie Golden.

 

 Photo by Connie Golden.

Photo by Connie Golden.

 Photo by Connie Golden.

Photo by Connie Golden.

 

The 1823 Lock is well preserved and water tight 175 years later. Photo by Kim Martin.

The 1823 Lock is well preserved and water tight 175 years later. Photo by Kim Martin.

 Photo by Kim Martin.

Photo by Kim Martin.

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