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Erie Canal State Park
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RD #2, Andrus Road
Kirkville, New York   13082

Phone: 315-687-7821
Old Erie Canal State Park is a 36-mile stretch of the 363-mile Old Erie Canal, which has been designated a National Recreational Trail by the National Parks Service. The terrain is woodland and wetland that present opportunities for hiking, picnicking, horseback riding, bicycling, canoeing, fishing, and snowmobiling. Several areas have footbridges that aid access to the canal towpath where visitors can view the remnants of stone aqueducts. The park offers reservable picnic pavillions and carriage rides by appointment. Facilities such as the Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum, the Erie Canal Village, and the Canastota Canal Town Museum are involved in preservation, interpretation, and recreation along the waterway.
There are numerous boating options available for visitors. They can rent various types of boats including kayaks, paddleboats and rowboats to explore the canal's waterways at their own pace. For a more relaxed experience, there are also tour boat services that offer guided trips along the canal with historical commentary about its significance in American history. Fishing is permitted on all waters within park boundaries so anglers may want to bring or hire fishing equipment as well.
Anglers can enjoy freshwater fishing in the canal's waters, abundant with species like largemouth bass and northern pike. Walleye are also common catches here. Carp, catfish, perch and sunfish add to the variety of fish available for sport or leisurely angling pursuits.

In addition to these species, you'll find bluegill as well as smallmouth bass swimming around waiting for your baited hook. The waterway is open year-round offering a great opportunity for ice-fishing during winter months too.

1. Erie Canal State Park offers numerous picnic spots with scenic views of the canal and surrounding nature.
2. Picnic tables are available for public use, perfect for family outings or romantic picnics.
3. Some areas offer grills where visitors can cook their own meals while enjoying the park's beauty.
4. Visitors may also enjoy a waterside picnic along the banks of the historic Erie Canal within this state park.
5. The vast open spaces in various parts of the park provide ideal locations to lay out a blanket and relax.

Cycling enthusiasts can enjoy a 360-mile trail, part of the Empire State Trail system. Be aware it's multi-use.

The path is generally flat and well-maintained but watch for occasional rough patches or loose gravel.

Bike rentals are available at various points along the route; remember to check operating hours in advance.

In winter months, sections may be closed due to snowfall so always verify before planning your ride.

While cycling after dark isn't recommended, if you must do so ensure proper lighting on your bike.

Remember that some areas might not have cell service - plan accordingly with maps or GPS devices.

Always carry water and snacks as amenities could be sparse depending upon where you're biking within this expansive area.

Keep an eye out for wildlife crossing paths; slow down when approaching blind corners too!

Respect other users by signaling intentions clearly and passing safely - especially around pedestrians & slower cyclists!

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