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This short 1.8 mile section of the Old Erie Canal Trail is the gateway to Onondaga County.  As you head east from Pump Road, in 0.2 mile you enter Onondaga County.  At 0.3 miles the remains of Lock 51 are to the right of the trail.  There is a short path that takes you to a kiosk, picnic area and a parking area.  This section of the trail is actually an Onondaga County Park.

At one mile the trail crosses busy NY 31 and soon you will be entering the Village of Jordan.  At 1.2 miles cross Warner Road and soon cross Hamilton Street.  At 1.4 miles the trail crosses Main Street.  The trail veers to the right as you cross the road.  You are now entering the section of the canal which the village has created gardens and a small park.

At 1.5 miles cross Skaneateles Creek and the remains of the old Jordan Aqueduct.  Built in 1841-1845 as part of the Enlarged Erie Canal, the Jordan Aqueduct uses 4 spans to cross Skaneateles Creek, and is 105 feet and 6 inches long. It was abandoned in 1917 at the close of the canal season. In 1932, a garden park was created, with the aqueduct remains as the centerpiece of the park. A modern bridge crosses the supports of the canal prism trunk, and the towpath arches serve as a part of the Old Erie Canal Trail.

At 1.6 miles reach North Chappel Street and for a short time the trail follows the road in front of the school on your left.  At 1.8 miles reach Beaver Street and the end of this section.  The Old Erie Canal Trail continues straight along Canal Street and continues along the towpath at the end of the road.

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