Union Canal Tunnel Park

The 110 acres of recreational open space features three historical locks that were part of the Union Canal and includes a number of trails running along pasture, wooded areas, the canal, and farmlands.

The canal, proposed by William Penn as early as 1690, was desired to tap the agricultural wealth of the Commonwealth and to give access to a second settlement on the Susquehanna. The Tunnel was completed in 1827 and today is a treasured National Historic Landmark.

Visitors can walk on the towpath once trodden by mules, picnic at the mouth of the tunnel, or climb the marked trails through the wooded hill adjacent to the canal. The park is open from dawn to dusk. Visitors can also experience Narrated Canal Tours through the oldest existing transportation tunnel in the United States, each Sunday weather permitting, June through October.

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Boat rides on the canal and through the tunnel are available the second and fourth Sundays during the months of June through October. There are evening rides on nights when the moon is full.

What Locals Love About It. 

“Beautiful outdoor park which is also the site of a Civil War reenactment each year. Also boat rides available. Great place to get out doors.” – Linda S. via Google.com

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Categories: History & HeritageLebanon, PennsylvaniaWaterways

The Union Canal Tunnel Park

25th & Union Canal Drive
Lebanon, PA 17046 

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