The Montezuma Heritage Park consists of 160 acres of parkland acquired by the Town of Montezuma in the 1960′s to be preserved and protected. It holds many significant natural and historic resource sites along the Seneca River/Erie Canal that tell the story of New York State’s Canal System from 1820 to today.
There are now eleven connecting nature trails located along interpreted historic sites of the Erie and Cayuga-Seneca Canal in various stages of development. The remains of the magnificent Richmond Aqueduct, second largest aqueduct on the Enlarged Erie Canal, can be visited along the original towpath trail. Enjoy walking, biking, cross-country skiing, bird watching, and fishing.
- From Route 90, turn by the Post Office onto Erie Street.
- From Route 31, turn on High Street near the Seneca River Bridge.
Trailhead #1 High Street Entrance north of the Firehouse onto the tow-path Byron Lapp Memorial Trail; .8-mile to the Richmond Aqueduct and other trails in the park.
Trailhead #2 Chapman Road Entrance (off High Street) near Highway Barn; the Aqueduct trail leads west from here .4-mile to the Richmond Aqueduct and to other trails in the park.
Mike Riley has produced several video tours of the park. You may find them on the Montezuma Historical Society website here
Download a printable brochure PDF here.