This canal, built around 1905, runs right along the Hudson River. We wondered why they put a canal here when there was a perfectly good river right next to it. We encountered plenty of interpretive signs, but none answered this question. There must've been some characteristic of the river that made a slow-moving, mule-powered canal a better option for moving boats, but they weren't tellin' us.
One family living along the canal built this nice little bridge over it so they could cross easily to the towpath and the river. Another family had a little raft to ferry across by pulling the raft along a rope strung from one side to the other.
We came out at the lock, I think it was/is Lock #5, on our right. This was odd because the canal we were following was on our left.
We scrambled up the bank and crossed the road. A footbridge crosses the top of the lock (when the doors are closed). I was a little nervous crossing it - being able to see the water down below through the treads was a bit disconcerting. We didn't get to see any boats go through, but one had used the lock about fifteen minutes before we got there.
An arbor of willows leads you to a good-sized stone labyrinth, which is flanked by the bow of a boat,
a hobbit hole (?),
Our goal was this bridge, which crosses the Hudson River.
Plenty of Canada geese were taking their rest on the river upstream.
And there, maybe a quarter mile further upstream, was the possible reason for the canal: rapids.