The Union Canal Tunnel Park includes 109 acres of meadows and woods surrounding the oldest transportation tunnel in the U.S. and 5/8 mile of watered canal. The Tunnel, a National Historic Landmark was completed in 1827. 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.
Boat rides on the canal and through the tunnel are available the second and fourth Sundays during the months of June through October, from 12:30 to 4:30 PM. On nights when the moon is full there are rides from 8:00PM to 10:00PM. Groups can make reservations for rides at other times by calling the numbers below. Rides on the canal and through the tunnel cost $6.00 for adults, $3.00 for students from 6-14 and younger children are free. There is a discount for schools. The Park is also available for class reunions, family gatherings, and weddings. For reservations or more information, please call 272-6949 or 273-4115.
Union Canal Days, a two-day celebration takes place on May 20 and 21, 2006. The event features music, food, crafts, performers and boat rides. There is no charge for admission or parking.
The parking lot for the park is located at 25th St. and Union Canal Drive, Lebanon. The tunnel can also be reached from the parking lot on Tunnel Hill Rd. This park is maintained, preserved and developed by the Friends of the Union Canal of the Lebanon County Historical Society. For further information call the Lebanon County Historical Society at 272-1473.