As part of the New York State Canal Trail System, Newark's portion extends 1.5 miles from T. Spencer Knight Park west to Stebbins Road, with a view of the Erie Canal long most areas. The 8-10 foot wide trail provides visitors with an enjoyable journey. Rest areas are available throughout the trail with a walk bridge to cross over to Edgett Street which provides access to the Newark Plaza, fast food restaurants, bowling alley, and a 24-hour drug store.
The Village of Newark is proud to be a "Canal Community". Located on the NYS Erie Canal along Van Buren Street, the Village offers boaters a beautiful park, known as T. Spencer Knight Canal Port. The park includes a picnic area, gazebo, swings and benches that overlook the canal.
A Walking Map has been developed showing businesses and attractions within the Newark area to provide information for boaters as well as other visitors. The map can be found at the Visitor Center as well as other locations throughout the Village of Newark.
Parks and Trails New York has developed an interactive Erie Canalway Trail map which can be used to find areas of interest along the canal. This map is perfect for bicyclists or boaters or anyone else who wants to discover all that the canal has to offer.
Nearby Erie Canal/Nature Trips:
Autumn on the Erie: Showcases autumn events along the Wayne County portion of the Erie Canal
Crackerbox Palace Animal Rescue Farm, Alton, NY: 25 minutes
Cycle the Erie, Information and recommendations for those cycling along the Erie Canal
Huckleberry Swamp, North Rose, NY: 25 minutes, handicap accessible
Macedon Butterfly Trail, Macedon, NY 20 minutes, handicap accessible
Trail of Hope: Lyons Community Center, 9 Manhattan Street, 10 minutes, handicap accessible
Waterfalls of the Finger Lakes, Rochester and Ithaca
Zurich Bog: Town of Arcadia, 15 minutes
Finger Lakes Trails, various other scenic trails. Please note some may be in other areas of the Finger Lakes
As an added attraction to our Erie Canal surroundings, a mural (entitled "Erie Canal 1825") is painted on the wall under the Veteran's Memorial Bridge by the Visitor's Center. This is a project created by Art in Public Places and was painted by Corky Goss and Robert (Chip) Miller.
For the extreme hikers, bikers, joggers and cross country skiers, the trail winds its way through surrounding farms, woodlands, and neighboring municipalities for miles.
This park provides boaters many free amenities: ample docking on both sides of the waterway, electric service, water hookup, and pump-out station are just a few. The Visitor's Center also provides visitors with restrooms, showers, laundry facilities and WiFi, all at no charge.