There are several places where the original canal *still technically exists*!
in several disconnected segments, the canal bed was not filled in after it was abandoned, and remains quite visable to this day..
the remaining canal ditch is mostly dry today, because the canal had to be actively "fed" to keep it filled with water..
once that stopped, the canal drained and dried..the railroad built along the towpath of the canal, and filled it in in many places,
but not everywhere..
Up near Rochester if you park at the Greenway trail crossing on Ballantyne road (just west of RIT) the canal is very visable
both north and south of Ballantyne road..If you park on Ballantyne and walk north up to Genesee Junction, the canal is right there to your left as you
walk up the trail..There are also a few places where the Greenway trail enters the north side of Letchworth park where the canal is quite visable..
Great bike ride: park at the Canal locks in Nunda..bike the greenway south (compass west out of Nunda) into the park,
then all the way down to the Portageville bridge..
interesting views from the east side of the gorge, which isnt nearly as accessable as the west side..
there is one area in the park called the "slide area" where a big chunk of the gorge wall slipped into the river, (landslide) wiping out the old railroad bed..
in this area you have to walk your bike down then back up the landslide area to get back on the main trail..
Genesee Valley Canal- 1840 to 1878
Genesee Valley Canal Railroad- 1882 to 1887
Western New York & Pennsylvania Railroad- 1887 to 1900 (unrelated to todays WNYP)
PRR Rochester Branch- 1900 to (removed in sections between 1963 and 1977)
Greenway Trail - 1991 to today.
Today the Greenway trail extends nearly 90 miles..North-South all the way across the state!
From Genesee Valley Park in Rochester, to Cuba, NY 90 miles south, nearly to the PA border..
I have biked and walked most of it between Rochester & Letchworth park..its a great trail!