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Sonny Brar from Brampton, Ontario on 5/3/2022 10:06:35 PM:
Hello everyone. I'm planning to cycle Buffalo to Albany this summer, was wondering if camping is allowed along the canal route? Could get too expensive to stay in a hotel every night. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. It's gonna be a great summer, happy trails guys.

Bill in Houston from Houston on 5/4/2022 3:16:35 PM:
The Towns and Services link shows where campgrounds are. I don't think you can just camp wherever you want along the trail.

Biker Girl from Web on 5/9/2022 1:21:41 PM:
Camping is only allowed at locks or at official campgrounds, and it can be pretty far between locks. After Lockport, you can camp at Red Rocks Campground (primarily for RVs, but they have tent spots), and then at Macedon at lock 30. Reservations in advance are required for Green Lakes campground, then you can use locks 21, 20 and/or 15. Be aware that not all of the locks have water or restrooms. When I did the route heading west last spring, we changed plans twice to avoid locks without services. Doing it with all camping makes for some long days, but that might not be an issue for you. Have fun and good luck!

Bop from Rochester on 5/10/2022 8:35:12 AM:
I've seen signs of stealth camping, in my neck of the woods.

wnybubba from Bflo/Roc on 5/22/2022 5:13:35 PM:
There are all kinds of options along the Canalway for camping. Any Lock should be available -- especially if you are solo. The nice part of the Canalway is that you are almost always close to services along the path -- so needing facilities was never an issue on my trips. The western section lends itself to optional "stealth" camping in that there are longer remote stretches away from "civilization", but with planning it is not necessary. The eastern section (past Rome) hits more towns and cities away from the canal - but there are plenty of options -- Locks being a standard, but you may have to make your way to them as you are not always right at the river/Canal system. Everyone has a different pace - so you'll have too figure out how many miles you will cover in a day and then start searching for options. If you need help - let me know.