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Take a New York Erie Canal Cruise

July 11, 2014 by asaransom

Locks in Lockport on a Eire Canal Cruise

Visit the locks of Lockport during your Eire Canal Cruise!

Take a New York Erie Canal Cruise and relive a bit of History. “Low Bridge, Everyone Down!” People all over the world enjoy singing along to the famous “Erie Canal Song”. Sit back and relax on board the Lockview IV or the Lockview V – as Captain Mike and his crew navigate through one of the most spectacular portions of the historic Erie Canal.

During your 2-hour Erie Canal cruise along “life in the fast lane” you’ll marvel as you:

Cruise under the curious “Upside-Down Railroad Bridge”.
Experience ‘Locking Through”- being raised and lowered 49 feet in Locks 34 &35.
Be amazed at the 20-foot high stone walls of the 1800s “Rock Cut’ and stone towpath blasted of solid stone with powder left over from the War of 1812.
Travel under the widest bridge in the U.S.

The Grand Old Erie Canal connects the Hudson River and the Atlantic Ocean at sea level with the Niagara River and the Great Lakes at 570-feet above sea level. This 363-mile engineering feat was dug by hand between 1817 and 1825. More people migrated westward on the Erie Canal than later went through Ellis Island, opening up the American Frontier for development. Originally 83 locks were use to raise and lower boats, but none as dramatically as those in the aptly named Lockport. To overcome the 49-foot tall Niagara Escarpment – the same rock formation that forms Niagara Falls – Lockport was chosen as the location of the famous “Flight of Five”. This twin set of 5-tiered locks allowed boats to travel up in one set and down in the other. After the canal was enlarged in the early 1900s, one set was retained to serve as a spillway. The other was replaced by the current set of Locks 34 and 35, which still serve boat traffic today.

A New York Erie Canal Cruise departs daily May to October, reservations recommended. www.Lockportlocks.com  1-800-378-0352              210 Market Street, Lockport NY 14094

The New York Erie Canal Cruises are a favorite attraction of guests staying at the 10 room historic (1853)  Asa Ransom House, 10529 Main Street, Clarence NY 14031  www.asaransom.com  1-800-841-2340

Clarence New York Hiking and Biking Trails

February 27, 2014 by asaransom

Click to enlarge map

Click to enlarge map

Whether you walk, ski or ride, three accessible trails take you through farms, forests, fields, and wetlands between Clarence Hollow, Akron, and Clarence Center. Take a look at the map to the right for a full layout of these three great trails.

  • The West Shore Trail East begins at Main & Salt Roads in the Hollow and continues 5 1/4 miles into the heart of Akron.
  • The second section of West Shore Trail is 3 miles in length from the Clarence Town Park west to Wehrle Dr.
  • The third trail, Peanut Line, begins at Meadow Lakes in Clarence Center and continues 9 miles in an easterly direction to Akron Junction, where it connects to the Clarence – Akron trail.

From wildlife watching to fishing, wildflower viewing to berry picking, you’re invited to actively use the trails resources from within the boundaries of its right of way. Please respect the privacy and property of the trails neighbors and help keep the trails free of trash and debris.

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