The canal's original purpose was to carry water from the Hudson River to the Old Champlain Canal (circa 1822) guaranteeing adequate water at its summit. In 1832, the canal was widened and deepened to accommodate boat traffic. Mills and factories sprang up along the Feeder Canal and there were six boat basins for loading, unloading and repairs. One of the most unique engineering features of the canal is the Five Combined Locks (pictured above) at Burgoyne Avenue in Hudson Falls.
The original towpath is now a multi-purpose trail where you can walk, bike or cross-country ski. The nine-mile route starts at the Feeder Dam in Queensbury and runs to McIntyre Park in Fort Edward. You can also canoe a five-mile section of the canal. Access and parking is available at several points. Call for an interpretive guide with a map and history.
Open: YR. Free.