Again this year, we will hold our yearly walking tour on the Canal Splash weekend, which takes place August 9-11. We will hold our tour on Saturday, beginning at 9am. It will follow the same format as last years, which you can view here.
If you have been on the tour before, you will see a lot of the same thing, but you will also be able to see the changes that have taken place inside the park. The park volunteers have been doing great work and it seems every time I go back, I see a new change. New kiosks, maps, trail markings, and the mural, are all making the park more accessible and easier to understand.
The way we do this walk is to walk out the Towpath to the Montezuma Aqueduct, exploring the sites along the way, and then if it is dry enough, cross over to the berme side and walk back so we can view the old paper mill. If it is too wet, we will skip the paper mill and instead cross over at Chapman Road so you can see the best preserved lock on the old Cayuga Seneca Canal.
This is a very flat walk with a very leisurely pace. The total walk is only about two to two and a half miles. There is a lot of stopping and talking. If you need, I think Stan will have his "canal cab" available to those who might need a ride part of the way.
We will meet at the Firehouse, at the trailhead with the new mural. There is plenty of parking in this area. If you have not been to the Montezuma Heritage Park blog, go take a visit.