Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

Old Erie Canal State Historic Park

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Dewitt "to" Rome
Dewitt/Rome, NY 13214
Latitude 43.096068308299998
Longitude -75.829508625399995

Old Erie Canal State Park is a 36-mile stretch of the 363-mile Old Erie Canal, which has been designated a National Recreational Trail by the National Parks Service. The terrain is woodland and wetland that present opportunities for hiking, picnicking, horseback riding, bicycling, canoeing, fishing, and snowmobiling. Several areas have footbridges that aid access to the canal towpath where visitors can view the remnants of stone aqueducts. 

This park offers reservable picnic shelters at Cedar Bay Picnic Areas.  Cedar Bay Park is operated under a cooperative agreement with the Town of Dewitt.  Please call 315-446-9250 for more information.

Facilities such as the Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum and the Canastota Canal Town Museum are involved in preservation, interpretation, and recreation along the waterway.

Hours of Operation

  • The park is open year-round sunrise to sunset.
Sat 15 Jun
The Boat Float n' Folk Festival
Saturday, June 15, 2024 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Old Erie Canal State Historic Park
The scenic, calm waters of the canal mean this event is great for families and paddlers of all experience levels. Choose form 4 launch locations in the park depending on your preferred distance- there is a 10 mile, 7 mile, 3 mile, and an out-n-back option available- with the option of shuttle service if you need transportation!

All paddlers end at Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum with live music, food trucks, local breweries, fold arts with live demonstrations including basketry, blacksmithing, fiber arts, crafts for kids to make and more!

$10 per paddler which included admission to the Festival. Register and learn more at

All paddlers also receive the 2024 waterproof Old Erie Canal Paddle Guide!

Bring your won kayaks, canoes, or even stand-up paddle boards! Rentals are also available through Morse Kayak Rentals. 

Come experience the Old Erie Canal State Historic Park as park of NYS Parks Centennial! 

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Amenities Information

  • Amenities
  • Biking
  • Equestrian Trails
  • Hiking
  • Pavilions and Shelter Rentals
  • Pavilions and Shelter Rentals * At Cedar Bay