Welcome to the
Feeder Canal Alliance:

The Feeder Canal Alliance is the steward of the Glens Falls Feeder Canal and 9 mile long Towpath Trail in New York’s Warren and Washington Counties. The Glens Falls Feeder is the last remaining original canal in NY still operating as originally constructed to continuously carry water to the highest point of the Champlain Canal.

What’s Happening

Glens Falls Feeder Canal History Walk

We have many exciting programs planned for 2024!

 

3/8 – Feeder Canal Life in the 1800’s and Today! – 1 -2:30 PM
Glens Falls Senior Center, please call 518-793-2189 to Register for this program.

 

The Feeder Canal was key to economic prosperity in Glens Falls and surrounding Adirondack communities in the 1800’s. Executive Director Pattie Simone will share vintage photos and canal life stories, as well as the latest amenity improvement plans!

 

3/30 – Step Back in Time: Canal Life Fun, Facts & Folklore, 7-8:30 PM
Folklife Center Crandall Library

 

Learn more about the 200-year-old Feeder Canal & Towpath Trail, it’s important role in shaping Glens Falls and other Adirondack communities. Discover what life was like through vintage photos, stories of the folks who lived and worked along the Canal, and planned trail and canal improvements.

 

For more information about 2024 special events and programs, email [email protected] or call 518-792-5363

Glens Falls Brewfest and Taps & Apps

Glens Falls Brewfest and Taps & Apps are about much more than beer. It is about making the community a better place. All proceeds benefit Adirondack Theatre Festival and Feeder Canal Alliance. These events have contributed over $200,000 to the community.

Learn More & Purchase Tickets here

Winter is a wonderful time to visit the Glens Falls Feeder Canal & Towpath Trail!

Strap on your crampons or snowshoes (conditions permitting) and enjoy an invigorating walk along the Historic Towpath Trail, which includes views overlooking the beautiful Hudson River in some sections.  The Towpath Trail is especially beautiful in the wintertime, when frost is on remnants of the lowered canal water and new fallen snow blankets the trail and canal.

 

The main access bridge is located at Overlook Park in Glens Falls on Richardson Street, which is about 1.5 miles off Exit 18 on the Northway. New pedestrian bridges over the Feeder Canal are located at Murray St. and at Water Street, to make it easier for pedestrians and cyclists to safely travel those sections of the Towpath Trail.

 

E-BIKE POLICY: According to New York State Canal Corporation, Class 1 and 2 E-Bikes are allowed on the Feeder Canal Towpath Trail. We urge winter riders to use extreme caution as the Towpath Trail may be difficult to ride on as the result of evolving levels of snow, slush and ice.

Canoe-Raffle-Drawing

Canoe Raffle Drawing

Open-House-Silos

Open House at the Silos

Pumpkin-Painting

Taste of the North Country Pumpkin Painting

Sheep-Herding

Society for Industrial Archaeology Tour

Our Story

From the early 1800’s until 1941, the Glens Falls Feeder Canal provided a means of transportation by canal boats for people and numerous goods. The canal and towpath today provide four season recreational opportunities to community residents, visitors and tourists, as well as a glimpse into the past. The Feeder Canal Alliance, a 501c3 founded in 1987, preserves, promotes and protects the Glens Falls Feeder Canal and Towpath Trail through diverse educational programs and special events, and sharing its unique history and contributions to Glens Falls, Hudson Falls, Ft. Edward and the Adirondacks.
100000

Trail uses per year

9

Length of the trail (mi.)

35

Years of Service

100

Seasonal Wildflowers

Walking & Biking

The Glens Falls Feeder Canal Towpath is a nine mile trail suitable for walking, running or biking from the Feeder Dam in Queensbury to Mullen Park in Fort Edward.

Canoeing & Kayaking

The Feeder Canal is suitable for canoeing or kayaking for five miles from the beginning of the Canal at Feeder Dam in Queensbury to the takeout at Martindale Boat Basin on Martindale Avenue in Hudson Falls.

Birdwatching

The Southern Adirondack Audubon Society would like to encourage you to get out there and start looking for and observing birds. They specifically list the Towpath Road in Kingsbury as a great site to look for birds.

Get In Touch!

We love to hear from our visitors, both local and not! Questions, comments or concerns? Fill out the form below and we will get back to you as soon as possible. Thank you!

    Contact us

    Address:
    21 Thomson Ave, Suite 5
    P.O. Box 2414
    Glens Falls, NY 12801-6414

    Phone:
    1-518-792-5363

    Feeder Canal Alliance is dedicated to the preservation of the nature and history of our Canal. If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please contact us with the information above or using our contact form.