Rosie had stores in Clifton Springs last week and we happened upon a stretch of the Erie Canal through nearby Newark in Wayne County.

This was a perfect stop on a bitterly cold, windy winter day. We haven’t been out for too long, just long enough to take a short excursion on this section of the canal path with a close up of a massive bridge and visit a kiosk that tells the story of the historic canal through this village founded in 1819.

We were at lock 28B on the canal that has been in use since 1914. According to the history of Lockville Locks in Newark, lock 59, about 300 feet away and across Clinton Street, was part of the extended Erie Canal built between 1839 and 1841 in what was once known as Upper Lockville was. The two sister locks 58 and 57 were in Middle and Lower Lockville.

The Erie Canalway Trail is part of the newly completed Empire State Trail, which spans 750 miles from Manhattan to the Canadian border, from Buffalo to Albany. The trail was made for cyclists and hikers of all ages and abilities to experience the communities, history, and scenery of the state of New York City across the Hudson River Valley, west to Buffalo along the Erie Canal, and north to the Champlain Valley and Adirondacks to experience. So much to see!

I came across this website which is all about how to bring Newark Harbor on the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor to life in warmer weather. (And it will!) The website:

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