Camping along the Canalway Trail

A man is lying on his back on a grassy area, resting his head on a rolled-up sleeping bag while holding a blue tablet. He is wearing a checkered shirt, green shorts, and black sandals. His legs are crossed, and he appears relaxed. Surrounding him are several tents, including a gray tent on the right and a blue tent on the left. There are bicycles parked near the tents, with one white bicycle prominently visible in the foreground. The scene is shaded by trees, creating a peaceful camping environment. An American flag is visible on the ground near the blue tent.
A man sitting inside a blue and gray Coleman Sundome 3-person tent. He is smiling, wearing a light gray shirt, black shorts, and a beige baseball cap. The tent is pitched on a grassy area, and there are other tents visible in the background. To the left of the tent, a person is standing near a tan tent, and to the right, another person is bending over near a bicycle. There is a water bottle and a pair of sandals outside the entrance of the tent. Trees and a fence are visible in the distance.

Overview of Camping on the Canal Trails

The NYS Canal Corporation offers 18 Cycler-Hiker-Boater campsites along the Canalway Trail and Canal waterways. The campsites make touring easier for trail users, boaters and paddlers during the navigation season (May-October).

The campsites are considered “primitive” with limited on-site amenities. Porta potties are provided at these campsites. Campers should be prepared with their own potable water or water purification, first aid kits, and camping and cooking supplies. Campsites require carry-in and carry-out.

The campsites include an area for four tents. Stays are limited to 48 hours and are available on a first come, first served basis.

Several days in advance of your trip, contact the Section Office, where you want to camp, during business hours (9 am – 5 pm) to confirm the campsite is open. We recommend you also inquire about gate hours, parking locations, boat or paddle access, hand launches and any other questions to get a good awareness of campsite conditions.

Upon arrival, seek out the Lock Operator—if available—to notify them of your intent to camp. Then take a one-minute survey using the posted QR code.

For a complete list of camp sites along the Canalway Trail please visit Parks & Trails New York’s interactive camping map.

General Camping Rules

  • Camping is first come first serve; lock operators should be contacted in advance so you can receive information on the campsite’s status as open. Weather or safety conditions can close campsites unexpectedly
  • Campsites are limited to 4 tents and 10 people
  • Campers must be at least 18 years old, unless accompanied and supervised by an adult
  • Stays are limited to 48 hours
  • No campfires or bonfires are allowed
  • Campsite sites are carry-in, carry-out for garbage unless a waste receptacle is present
  • Quiet hours must be observed between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m.
  • No motorized vehicles are allowed in the campsites
  • For camping space for groups larger than 10 people/4 tents, you must contact the Canal Corporation Real Property & Permits Department. Further info at Permit Info.
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Canalway Trail Alerts

View current notices regarding trail conditions and closures that may impact campsite availability.

Canalway Trail Map

Get your bearings as you plan your camping trip with the Canalway Trail Map.

Trail Programs

Resources for individuals looking for Trail Programs on the Canalway Trail.

Volunteer Opportunities

Resources for individuals looking to participate in NYPA Canals volunteer opportunities. Learn how you can get involved!