Waterford is the oldest continuously incorporated village in the U.S. Located on the convergence of the Mohawk & Hudson Rivers, it is considered the gateway to the Erie Canal system. To access the Old Champlain Canal System’s walking trail, hike up the path along the spillway falls and turn right or cross over Lock 2 in Waterford. You will see the old mule trail and pass old locks that date back to the Civil War, lock stations and lots of wildlife. A walk along the Waterford Flight provides a different perspective of how the canal sharply elevates out of the Hudson River Valley.
The Troy-Waterford Bridge leads the 4.5 short miles to Troy. A former steel and textile manufacturing center, Troy once produced detachable collars for men’s shirts, thus you’ll see the nickname “Collar City” around town. Farm-to-table dining, trendy breweries, unique shopping and performing arts are among the offerings. A mix of Victorian, Greek-Revival, Gothic-Revival and Georgian architecture add to the appeal.
On the last Friday of each month, Troy's downtown comes alive with art exhibits, music performances, and other cultural events during this monthly arts and cultural celebration (518-279-7997).
The Waterway Guide Team has gained extensive boating knowledge over the years, and now we are sharing all of the tips, skills and tools we’ve picked up along the way!