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No Passport Required

It has been said that if you look like your passport photo you are not well enough to travel.  Let me assure you that no one on the Mohawk Towpath Byway has the slightest interest in your passport.  We just want you to have the greatest experience possible.  Come and discover the Erie Canal, the Mohawk River, the waterway west and the role our communities played in the westward expansion of the country and in the Industrial Revolution.  The Byway is a public road open 24/7/365 days a year with exhibits that change daily.  Want a tour?  Try a self guided tour from this basic tour or one of these special suggestions. Or make an arrangement with one of our volunteers for a personal tour of the Byway.  Just drop an e-mail to us with date, time and number in your group and we will try to accommodate your request.

This is a great time to visit.  The leaves are down so you can see a number of features that were not obvious with bountiful foliage.  Even with a first dusting of snow and the winter sun closer to the horizon the lighting provides contrasts that are not available at other times of the year.  Check out the new information kiosks at Clutes Dry Dock, at the main entrance to the Vischer Ferry Nature and Historic Preserve at Riverview and Van Vranken Roads, or at the end of Ferry Drive.  These new kiosks supplement those along Canal Road in Halfmoon: one at Dunsbach Ferry and one at Crescent Park near Route 9.

But most of all get out and enjoy the fresh air and watch, remaining feathered friends in their migration south, check wildlife as they prepare for winter, and enjoy exploring some of out historic features without the drone of insects that were so pesky this past summer.  Whether you do it on foot, in a canoe or kayak, or on skis on the first new snow, do it safely.  But do it!

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