South Hadley Riverside Park to Canal Park Walking Tour

This tour is described online = get a map in PDF format at the link to the left.

stop 1 – Texon Park

stop 2 – Gatehouse Park

stop 3 – Lower Riverside Park (Click link to the left for information.)

stop 4 – Lock System

stop 5 – North Main Street Architecture

stop 6 – High Street Architecture

Glasgow Workers’ Homes line the eastern side of High Street.

stop 7 – South Hadley Library (Click link to the left for information.)

stop 8 – Canal Street Architecture (Click link to the left for information.)

stop 9 – Hadley Falls Bicentennial Park

When you are on the deck at the Hadley Falls Park, look sharp to your right along the riverbank. The watercourse that is along the river at this point is the South Hadley Canal. This is a half way through the 2.5 mile canal.

stop 10 – South Hadley Canal

Walk north along Canal Street a bit more. There is a concrete block that had a metallic map of the canal system on its top. Follow the trail north into the woods. The canal is at the end of this path.

stop 11 – Inclined Plane and Lock System

stop 12 – Canal Boats

Canal boat were flat bottomed boats that held the cargo ships on their tops. Men or horses would pull the boats up or down this navigational canal.