Kingsbury

Kingsbury is a quiet rural community along the Champlain Canal with five distinctive hamlets – Adamsville, Baldwin Corner, Dunhams Basin, Kingsbury, Smiths Basin, and Vaughns Corners, and the Village of Hudson Falls. Formerly known as the Village of Sandy Hill (1810), it was largely agricultural until the opening of the Glens Falls Feeder Canal in the 1830’s which connected to the Old Champlain Canal and opened commerce between the Upper Hudson River to Canada and New York City. After operating for 100 years in this capacity, the Feeder Canal closed and has been transformed into a vibrant fourteen-mile linear historic park with the towpath for hiking and biking, and the canal itself for fishing, canoeing and kayaking.

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Champlain Canalway Trail

The north-south route of the Old Champlain Canal and modern Champlain Canal is an exceptionally serene and picturesque travel corridor. The Towpath through Kingsbury offers a four-mile stretch of exceptional birding opportunities. Lock C-9 Canal Park, located in the hamlet of Smith’s Basin, 6 miles north of C-8 Canal Park in Fort Edward, represents the perfect biking trail segment for families. Both canal parks offer public docking, and picnicking. Just to the southeast of the lock is the unique Siphon Spillway that allows excess waters to divert safely from the canal.

The completed section of the Champlain Canalway Trail is in the southern end of the Town where it intersects with the Feeder Canal Trail at the “T” and continues north to its end just south of Rt 196. This section of trail will be upgraded from a turf surface to stone dust. From this point north, the trail is under construction with completion anticipated in 2019. When all projects are completed, a continuous 12-mile Champlain Canalway Trail will connect Fort Edward to Fort Ann.

Empire State Trail

The EST will follow the same path as the Champlain Canalway Trail throughout the Town of Kingsbury. Route 4 will continue to serve as State Bike Route 9, an on-road bicycle route.

Feeder Canal/Champlain Canal Access Points

  • Lock C-9 Canal Park – cartop launch and public docks
  • Martindale Boat Basin Cartop Launch and dock (Feeder Canal)
  • Murray Park (Feeder Canal)

Sites To Visit

Local Business (listings greater than a mile from the trail in bold)

Food

Best Access from the Intersection of the Feeder Canal & Rte 4: VC= Village Center

Best Access from the Intersection of the Feeder Canal & Burgoyne/Rte37

Lodging

Retail/Culture/Activity/Amenity

Best Access from the Intersection of the Feeder Canal & Rte 4: VC= Village Center

Best Access from the Intersection of the Feeder Canal & Burgoyne/Rte37

Public Transportation

  • Greater Glens Falls Transit – Route 4 All GGFT year-round, fixed route buses are equipped with 2 station bike racks. Use of the bike racks is on a first-come, first serve basis. Trolleys are not equipped with bike racks.

Connector Trails

Village of Hudson Falls 2 miles from CCT/EST via Feeder Canal Trail in Hudson Falls… City of Glens Falls 5 miles from CCT/EST via Feeder Canal Trail … Lake George Village 18 miles from CCT/EST via Feeder Canal Trail & Warren County Bikeway …