D & H Canal Park
W Main St.
- 1828 saw the opening of the Delaware & Hudson Canal running 110 miles from Honesdale, PA, to Kingston, NY. The canal transported anthracite coal from the Moosic Mountains in PA to NYC & New England. (In the Port Jervis area, the the canal went through Sparrowbush, Port Jervis, Cuddebackville, Huguenot, and Westbrookville.)
- The Canal was drained in 1899 and remained unused, with a small portion in Ulster County utilized until 1904. The Canal was eventually transformed into the rail right-of-way to expand rail operations or sold to various private companies. In developed areas the Canal was filled to accommodate expanding neighborhoods and for safety reasons.
- Created in 2000, this park is an attempt to keep its history alive. It is part of the D & H Canal and Gravity Railroad Heritage Trail. It is a mile-long walkway along part of its original path.
- Located directly across the street from the Canal Park. The town has cleared all debris from the path and it exits onto the Rite Aide/Save-A-lot parking lot near the Metro-North train station.
- This section of the D&H Canal’s towpath is open to the public.
- The canal bed near the train station was destroyed years ago and what is left of the bank is privately owned and not accessible.
The sites below were used to compile info on this page as well provide source of additional information.
Click TrailLink above to go to TrailLink website. This page is home to D & H Canal & Gravity Railroad Heritage Corridor - Port Jervis Branch Trail. It provides trail info as well as a brief description of the property. The site actually gives info on trails through out NY State as well. I have only linked the PJ section.
A short drive along Rte 209 is the Neversink Valley Museum, which features classic canal era exhibits and memorabilia. The D&H Canal Park in Cuddebackville, New York is a National Historic Landmark. There are trails along the D&H Canal towpath and picnicking areas. This 249-acre park that includes a one mile section of the Delaware and Hudson Canal and also contains some remains of the Roebling Neversink River aqueduct abutments.
(For more info click the source link below. It contains phone numbers as well as other nearby attractions.)