The New York Canal system truly is a place you have to see to believe. Outdoor enthusiasts can spend the day kayaking (the 524-mile New York Canal system features over 125 public access points!), birding, fishing, biking and hiking on the Empire State Trail. For those who want to experience the region’s rich culture, there are restaurants, historic sites, antique shops, wine trails and much much more.
New York State Canal Corporation has partnered with Tentrr to let visitors camp in style with fully-equipped, canvas wall tents. Whether you prefer camping on an island with epic sunsets or at a lock with views of the tranquil Erie Canal, we have a secluded spot all set up and ready for you.
All New York State Canal sites include our full Signature kit and are set apart from other sites, so you can enjoy nature and experience the canals unlike anything you have seen.
Located between Adirondack and Catskills parks, Yankee Hill Getaway is teeming with places to bike, hike and explore the region's rich history. At the eastern end of the site is the Putnam Lock Stand, a historic general store that used to sell dry goods, meat, groceries, liquors and literature to canal travelers.
Oak Island offers incredible views from New York’s Finger Lake region at the northern tip of Cayuga and Seneca Lakes along the Cayuga-Seneca Canal. Campers can enjoy the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and the Seneca Meadows Wetlands Preserve, several nearby wine trails, or a visit to the National Memorial Day museum. If you're feeling hungry, Waterloo has several small cafes and restaurants.
Campers at Lock E-26 will wake to views of the tranquil Erie Canal and have easy access to the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Northern Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge for the opportunity to see the region's birds and wildlife by foot, bike, or kayak. If you feel like relaxing after a long day of adventure, kick back at the Montezuma Winery and Hidden Marsh Distillery or have a bite at the nearby Kee Kee Run Café or Billy’s Ice Cream.
The Palmyra-Macedon site offers easy access to outdoor fun and a base to explore the many Finger Lakes waterfronts, wineries and historic villages. The nearby Crescent and Dolomite Trails provide great hiking options and there are bike tours at the Burned Over District Bike Trail. For the anglers in the group, check out the nearby Pal-Mac Aqueduct Park.
After a day of exploring, venture over to Macedon via the Empire Trail, where you can watch boats pass through Lock E-30 and enjoy a beverage at Twisted Rail Brewing. The village of Palmyra, known as the "Queen of Canal Towns" offers several dining options along East Main Street.
A free "On the Canals" excursion with Erie Canal Adventures is offered from June 19th through September 5th by The New York Power Authority and New York State Canal Corporation. Take a guided kayak tour out to Erie Canal Lock 30, take a bike journey out to Fairport on the Empire State Trail, or do both!