Chenango Canal Association Description


In May of 2002, the Chenango Canal Association organized to blaze a trail along approximately five miles of the original tow-path along the Chenango Canal in Bouckville, NY. This group is made up of volunteers in the local communities and is a continuation of the original Chenango Canal Association that started in 1994. Stairways that were built in 1994-1995 were re-opened for the public to have access to part of the trail that is cleared.

The Town of Madison Historical Society, Oriskany Falls Rotary Club, Madison FFA, Madison Boy Scouts, SUNY Morrisville classes, Colgate University groups of students, Camp Georgetown workers, and local volunteers have all worked weekends to achieve a hiking/biking recreational and historical path from Rt. 46, to Bouckville, across Rt. 20 to where the canal spills into Oriskany Creek, going towards Solsville. This five-mile section was called the "summit" because it was the highest point of the canal that was built 165 years ago.

The goal of the Chenango Canal Association is to establish the canal as a Madison County Park, and work with the Madison County Historical Society in designating certain locks and structures on the National Registry. And interpretive park is suggested and the Canal Cottage, located on Rt. 20 near the Landmark Tavern, has displays of local historical pictures. The Cottage, which is on loan to this project through Madison County Tourism, is open seasonally and the Canal Association is currently researching for more information on the Chenango Canal.

Please contact the Chenango Canal Association at tapper@dreamscape.com or call (315) 893-7910 if you have information or would like to be involved.

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