Between 1828 and 1899, boats bustled up the Delaware and Hudson Canal, carrying anthracite coal from NEPA to the Hudson River. The 108-mile-long canal was an engineering wonder in its day, but only a few sections of it still survive. Luckily, the D&H Canal Park at Lock 31 preserves a bit of the area’s canal-era history.
This 16-acre park in Hawley is owned and operated by the Wayne County Historical Society. Explore ruins of the canal lock and walk along the old towpath trail (a hotspot for birdwatching, especially when it comes to bald eagles). The park is also home to the Daniels farmhouse, also known as the Lock 31 House. It was built in 1820 and has served as a private home, store, and even a dance hall.
Visit during the annual Canal Festival in August for living history demonstrations, guided tours, music, and vendors.