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Known for its picturesque beauty and rich history, the Town of Fort Ann is part of the Champlain Valley National Heritage Area, a federally designated area stretching between the Hudson Valley and Lake Champlain that was of particular strategic importance during American Revolution in the late 18th century. From the historic homes to the well-preserved canal locks with their original stonework, there are plenty of opportunities to explore the history of the nation's earliest beginnings.
Like the other segments of the Champlain Canalway Trail, the route follows the canal from which it gets its name and overlaps with the state-spanning Empire State Trail, which is under active development and will encompass 750 miles when complete.
Paralleling Route 4/NY-149 and the canal, the trail runs north from its southern endpoint on Baldwin Corners Road to the old Champlain Canal Locks 16-17 (21 S Canal St). The entrance to the trail is by the intersection of South Canal Street and Ann Street. There is a large sign for the former Champlain Canal Locks, as well as signs for both the Champlain Canalway Trail and the Empire State Trail. Slightly further east along Ann Street and just before the bridge that crosses the water, there is a trailhead shared by the Empire State Trail and the Champlain Canalway Trail. It has a sign for the trails, a large informational kiosk with a map, a gazebo, a parking lot, bike racks and repair station, picnic shelter with picnic tables, benches, and water access via a small dock.
Parking is available at a number of locations along the trail, including at the northern endpoint on Ann Street. Visit the TrailLink map for all options and detailed directions.
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