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Canastota to Durhamville


This whole section of the North Country Trail follows the Old Erie Canal Towpath Trail.  The NCT follows this trail all the way to Rome, NY.  In the village of Canastota this section begins just east of NY 13 and just off Canal Street.  There is a museum for the Erie Canal located west of NY 13 in Canastota.

The trail follows the towpath on the left next to the old Erie Canal and runs parallel to Canal Street.  The trail passes a picnic table before veering left toward County Route 10, passing through a large parking area.  There is an open area with benches prior to the parking area.  This looks like it would be a good camping area for thru hikers (unsure of regulations here).  The trail crosses County Route 10, follows it briefly north before turning right and picking up the trail that returns back to the old canal.

Soon the trail come close to Canal Street, crosses Cobb Street before joining Canal Street to cross the New York State Thruway (I-90) over the bridge.  The trail veers right off the road, crosses NY 316 and then crosses Oneida Creek on a bridge before ending at NY 46.

The next part of the trail is a road walk along Canal Street in Durhamville north for the next 2.2 miles.  The trail begins again just north of the junction with NY 31.

Bridge over Oneida Creek

Walking along the old Erie Canal

Mileage Description

From NY 13 turn right on Canal Street.  Trail veers right in about 100 feet.


Picnic Table on left


Open area with benches (good be good campsite for NCT thru hikers --> check regulations)


Lenox Basin trailhead, parking area.  Trail veers left, crosses County Route 10 and then pick up trail just before Canal Street on right.


Cross Cobb Street.


Trail follows Canal Street over NYS Thruway on bridge, then veers to right.


Cross NY 316, entering Durhamville.


Cross Oneida Creek on bridge.  Leave Madison County, enter Oneida County


Reach NY 46.  Cross and follow signs for Canal Trail for next 2.2 miles.  Trail begins again just after NY 31.

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