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Chenango Canal Association, Inc.
an all-volunteer 501 (c) 3 nonprofit
Publicly encouraging research for the preservation of the canal, surrounding waters and land,
while maintaining it as both an historic and public recreation site.

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Chenango Canal Association is conveniently located in Bouckville, NY in Central New York State, right on Route 20, about 5 miles from the geographic center of New York State at the church in Pratt’s Hollow (Map). The Canal Museum Cottage is located at the corner of Canal Road and Route 20. Map to the Museum     Bouckville is about 40 miles East of Syracuse, 25 miles South of Utica, 100 miles West of Albany and 75 miles North of Binghamton.  Street address: 3472 Canal Rd, Bouckville, NY 13310.

We have a handicap accessible fishing deck overlooking the canal and miles of towpath trail.  You can park at the museum or pick up the trail at other locations.  The site is open from dawn to dusk.  

NEW: An audio tour of the Museum and the Towpath Trail is available for smart phone users.  Just scan a QR code at the museum or other locations to connect to a list of audio descriptions of 17 locations.  You can preview the audio here so you can see what it's like, but it’s more meaningful to be on site.  You can check your QR code scanner here=>

Route 20 Sign 2020Look for this landmark.

Our new sign was dedicated at Route 20 and Canal Road on March 30, 2020
     The neighboring Bouckville mill was the original location of the Motts apple cider mill.

Up until April 2020 it was the oldest continuously operating feed mill in New York state. It is now closed.

Walk the Towpath Trail

The Towpath Trail  in Bouckville leads two miles North from the museum to the Oriskany Creek where an aqueduct once crossed the creek.  The hand cut stone abutments are still there in excellent condition and water from the canal spills into the creek heading north to the Erie Canal. Photo          Room for 2-3 cars on Canal Road just past the creek crossing.   

Walking 6.5 miles south from the Canal Museum leads to the Village of Hamilton. OR, park at the trailhead on Montgomery Street in Hamilton (opposite the Sunoco station) and start the trail here.  The trail leads north past the Hamilton Airport and Woodman’s Pond all the way to Bouckville at the museum.  

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