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Five Locks Walk

High Falls (Ulster County)

Why we love it

What this mile-long (out-and-back) amble lacks in distance, it more than makes up for in history. It follows the towpath along one of the most impressive portions of the Delaware & Hudson Canal, a 108-mile waterway constructed to connect Pennsylvania’s coalfields to the Hudson River and New York City. This quintet of locks dates from an 1847-1852 realignment of the canal, which initially opened in 1828. Built of locally mined stone, they enabled barges to make their way down (or up) a 60-foot hill.

More to explore

The nearby D&H Canal Museum features artifacts related to the waterway’s construction and operation while the surrounding streets contain many buildings dating back to High Falls’ days as a bustling canal town. And check out the waterfall on Rondout Creek for which the hamlet is named. 


  • Short walk along historic canal remains

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