Completed in 1828, the Feeder Canal was one of the first instruments of commerce in Glens Falls. The Canal draws water from the Hudson River and carries it to the Apex of the Champlain Canal, keeping it full and allowing navigable passage for boats and trade. The Feeder Canal operated for 100 years, moving cargo and bearing witness to log drives from the Adirondacks. Today, it serves as a linear park featuring more than 5 miles of paddling and 9 miles of hiking, running, and cycling.
The trail has several points of entry in town. Instead of going for a road run it’s easy to pop on the trail and log some miles in a relatively car free environment. The Queensbury section of the trail places runners and cyclists with the Hudson River on one side and the picturesque canal on the other. Push farther and you’ll take a trip through the historic downtown area of Glens Falls, and then back onto the gravel trail in Hudson Falls and Kingsbury.
Canoeing and Kayaking are great activities for the canal. Put in at Overlook Park and paddle with the current down to the Martindale Boat basin for an easy take out. The paddling trip features a serene trail atop retaining embankments lined with coarse rock on one side and soil banks with overhanging trees on the other. Ride with the current right into the heart of Glens Falls and underneath the bridges and buildings of the impressive Finch Pruyn plant. Soon you’ll return to a quiet waterway winding through fields and back into the woods as you land in Hudson Falls. The take out at the Martindale Boat Basin in Hudson Falls provides easy parking and stairs to take your boat out. Take a break on the way at Murray Park and treat yourself to a cone or dish at Jack and Jill’s Ice cream.
Due to the current this is typically best as a two car trip. Shuttling a car to the take out at the boat basin avoids an upstream paddle on the way home. If it’s going to be a one vehicle day, start your paddle at Overlook Park and use the canoe take out at Murray street and cross over to the Hudson River. From this point you can paddle back up the Hudson to Haviland’s Cove Park, pop back onto the canal, and paddle back upstream to your car. This route is approximately 3.5 miles.
If you’re looking for ways to support the canal, The Feeder Canal Alliance hosts a paddle-for-fun Canoe and Kayak Race on the first Saturday of June each year. See how you measure up to the pack or just have some fun and enjoy what the canal has to offer. The Feeder Canal Alliance also organizes the Glens Falls Brewfest. A not for profit brewfest supporting the Feeder Canal Alliance and the Adirondack Theater Festival. Come, drink beer, and support your local park.
What Makes it Great
The eastern end of the canal is home to an incredible lock system that was used to move boats and cargo up the 130 foot elevation from the Champlain Canal—the most impressive being a series of locks known as the Five Combines. Picnic tables can be found next to the lock system, making it a good spot for lunch. The Canal’s history is present around every corner and it was incredibly important to the growing regional economy during the 1800s.
What you will brag about
You’ll be able to tell friends about the early morning runs as the fog clears off the trail, or an evening paddle in the fall where the setting sun and the smells and sights of the beautiful leaves set the perfect tone for the rest of your night. All four seasons bring new, rich experiences everyday. The canal not only serves as a great place to play, but also as a window into history.
Who is Going to Love It
The Feeder Canal’s proximity to downtown makes it the perfect place to get out for that quick run before work, or that evening stroll to decompress at the day's end. The safe and well maintained trail makes it a premier spot for absolutely everyone. It’s a great place for walking dogs or taking the kids. Historical markers provide interesting facts to tie in a little education with your walk. Truly something for everyone.
Parking, Trailheads, and Regulations
Overlook Park- Richardson Street, Queensbury. Overlook Park is a great place to start the canal and for a bike, run or paddle. Paddling access to the Hudson River can also be found here.
Haviland’s Cove Park- Bush Street, Glens Falls. The Feeder Canal runs through the park. During open hours the park has a beach and facilities for trail users. This serves as a canoe carry to the Hudson River. The park also features a pavilion, stationary barbecues, and a baseball diamond. Plenty of Parking.
Murray Street Carry- Murray Street, Glens Falls. Murray Street has a canoe/kayak carry from the Feeder Canal into the Hudson River. Parking is located on the left. Parking for 4 to 6 cars.
Murray Park - Route 4, Hudson Falls. Grab a cone or a dish from Jack and Jill Ice Cream and enjoy one of the Picnic tables in this shady wooded park. A great place to take a break on the trail.
Martindale Boat Basin- Martindale Ave, Hudson Falls. This is a great place to end your trip or to hop on the trail. Parking for 4 to 6 cars is available.
Five Combines - Burgoyne Ave, Hudson Falls. Great place to park and walk. This part of the feeder canal features a link up to the Champlain Canal Trail as well. Parking for 6 to 8 Cars.