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Walking the Feeder Canal Towpath

The Glens Falls Feeder Canal trail is a 9 mile trail suitable for walking from the Feeder Dam in Queensbury to McIntyre Park in Fort Edward. Directions for starting at Hudson River Overlook at the Feeder Dam in Queensbury: From I-87, take exit 18 and go east on Broad Street to Richardson Street (the first light). Go south .5 miles on Richardson Street from traffic light at Richardson and Broad Streets.

Reminder: Remain on the trail for your own safety and in respect for the private property along the canal. Also, be on alert for traffic at the street intersections.

Feeder Dam (Parking)

Parking for a few cars is available near the gates on Richardson Street. Cross the footbridge to the towpath, making sure to look at the Feeder Dam and the remains of Lock 14, the only Feeder Canal lock in Warren County. Heading east, the trail includes views of the Hudson River and woodlands.

Haviland Cove and Pruyn's Island (Parking)

The first bridge crossing the canal is at Bush Street, which brings the visitors to Haviland's Cove Park, where restrooms are available in the summer season. The canal and its towpath form the north boundary for Pruyn's Island. The berm bank (the side of the canal opposite the towpath) used to be stacked with drying lumber from the sawmills, awaiting transportation on the canal. The island was very much involved in canal life during the 19th century, and many workers lived here.

Murray Street

Just a couple of blocks before you reach the Murray Street bridge, you will see a shallow basin across the canal to your left. This was once the Morgan Dry Dock where canalboats were repaired. The next section of the trail hugs the river and approaches Glen Street (Route 9). The Glens Falls commercial boat basin was just east of the red brick building on the left.

Glen Street

Notice at the bottom of the falls in the Hudson river the rock formation known as Cooper's Cave, a site made famous in James Fenimore Cooper's novel The Last of the Mohicans. At the Finch Pruyn parking lot, please follow signs which direct trail users to a 1 mile detour on city streets. There are two ways to detour around Finch Pruyn. You may either take a left on Glen street and then take a right, heading east on Warren Street and follow this past the Hyde Collection to Shermantown Road. Or, you may take a left on Glen Street and a quick right onto Oakland Avenue. until it intersects with Warren Street. Be careful, Oakland Avenue often has heavy traffic on it. At Warren, take a right, heading east past the Hyde Collection to Shermantown Road.

Shermantown Road

Take a right on Shermantown Road to return to the Feeder Canal towpath. After crossing the bridge, turn left, and continue east along the trail. To your right you will see the stone work and ruins of a series of lime kilns. At one time there was more than 83 lime kilns along the Feeder Canal. Jointa Lime, now behind you, dates back almost to the beginning of the canal. After a pleasant walk around "the big bend" , you are approaching Glens Falls Portland Cement which straddles the canal. The loading dock is still intact under you. As you look down, you see remains of a huge scale imbedded in the towpath there.

River Street

When the towpath reaches River Street, it is important that you cross this busy intersection with the light. Back on the towpath you pass the Ciba-Geigy treatment plant, heading for the county line. The bridge coming up has many names; Quarry Crossing, County Line Bridge, and Warren Street Bridge.

As you enter Washington County, the canal crosses Cold Spring Brook via a small stone aqueduct only visible from the north side. The wooded banks and vines trailing over the walls are reminiscent of rivers and trails in the Adirondacks. As you approach the Whitehall Bridge (route 4) you might decide to stop for an ice cream or a cold drink at the snack stand. At route 4, you should use caution when crossing the road. Go to your left and cross at the traffic light. You will notice that the towpath is now on the north side of the canal.

Martindale Avenue and the Martindale Boat Basin (Parking)

You will now come up on the Martindale Bridge and you will see the Martindale Boat Basin on your right. Stop and enjoy the wonderful park where there are picnic tables and park benches for you to enjoy. Continue on the towpath, you will cross Maple Street and Pearl Street. Just before the Pearl Street Bridge, you will see lock #13.

Burgoyne Avenue

As you make your way towards Burgoyne Avenue, you will pass Lock #12 and Lock # 11 (located right before the Burgoyne Avenue Bridge). The next series of locks (#10-#6), the Five Combines, can be seen shortly after crossing over Burgoyne Avenue, where picnic tables are also available for your enjoyment. As the towpath continues east toward the T-Bridge, you will pass by the last 5 locks of the Feeder Canal. The the towpath continues until the T-Bridge, where the Feeder Canal flows into the Old Champlain Canal.

Old Champlain Canal

Take a right and follow the trail south. About 1 mile down the trail there will be 3 bollards in the road. Pass through these and continue down the trail past a farm. Eventually, you will pass Energy Park on your left. The trail continues a little further until it ends at McIntyre Park where there are places to park.

Canoeing the Feeder Canal

The Glens Falls Feeder Canal is suitable for canoeing for five miles from the beginning of the Canal at Feeder Dam to the takeout at Boat Basin Park on Martindale Avenue in Hudson Falls. The water is no more than 4 feet deep.


Feeder Dam

A canoe dock is available at the Moore Memorial Bridge at Feeder Dam in the town of Queensbury. Parking for a few cars is available near the gates. Canoes can be carried around the gate through the opening to the dock.

Beginning at Feeder Dam, the canoeist will paddle under the Bush Street Bridge, past several industries on Pruyn's Island, and through Finch Pruyn's busy complex. If the water level is high, it is sometimes necessary to get low in the canoe to pass under an open structure holding a pipe across the canal at Finch Pruyn. Of special interest is the passage through the paper mill's operation. During the canal's commercial days, Finch Pruyn shipped many loads of newsprint for New York City before the canal closed in the 1920s. The next item of interest on the canal are the ghostly chalk white buildings of the Jointa Lime Company. At one time there were more than 83 lime kilns along the canal.

Shermantown Road

A canoe dock is also available at Shermantown Road in Glens Falls. Located off Warren Street, cars may be parked on Shermantown Road. Canoeists should be aware that there is a four foot drop from the dock to the water at the Shermantown Road dock. Entering the canal at this point the paddler will avoid the Finch Pruyn complex and Jointa Lime Company. After easy paddling around the bend in the canal, Glens Falls Cement company comes into view. Continuing on, the canoe first will pass through a tunnel under the highway at Route 254 and continue on past the Samaritan Counseling Center and rural wooded areas noted by bird watchers. When the bridge at Route 4 is reached, the Martindale Avenue Bridge will be next and it is time to look to the right for the take out docks at Boat Basin Park.

Martindale Avenue

A parking lot suitable for a number of cars is available at Martindale Avenue in Hudson Falls. The end of the five mile canoe trip includes several docks, park benches, and a small park. Many boaters leave a second car at Martindale to avoid the return "upstream" trip to Feeder Dam.

Five Combined Locks

Many bicyclists and walkers enjoy the view from the top of the Five Combined Locks, Burgoyne Avenue in Kingsbury. Although the canoeist must take out at Martindale to avoid the locks, it is a short trip by car for those who want to see the impressive staircase of locks at Burgoyne Avenue.

Note: The Feeder Canal Canoe trip takes about 1 1/2 hours of easy paddling with the current if started at Feeder Dam. It is hard to remove canoes at any point other than the access points listed without venturing onto private property. We advise our trail users and canoeists to be respectful of private ownership.


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