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Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site

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The Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site Visitor Center is undergoing renovations. Staff will still be on hand to assist you on your visit by answering questions, providing historical interpretation on the Erie Canal as well as Fort Hunter, and giving tours by reservation.

Schoharie Crossing's Visitor Center will re-open on July 8th for Views & Vistas: The Natural and Built Environment of Schoharie Crossing art exhibit. Our new permanent exhibit will open in September of 2017 to mark the Bicentennial of the Erie Canal.

129 Schoharie Street
Fort Hunter, NY 12069
Latitude 42.939854
Longitude -74.283005

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Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of the Erie Canal as one of the 19th century's greatest commercial and engineering projects. The Visitor Center exhibit traces the history of the Erie Canal and its impact on the growth of New York State and the nation.

Within the site's boundaries are many structures dating from the three eras of the canal's development. At the eastern end of the site is the Putman Lock Stand at Yankee Hill that houses an exhibit on Erie Canal stores. The site's largest structure is the remains of the Schoharie Aqueduct, which carried the water of the Enlarged Erie Canal over the Schoharie Creek.

Schoharie Crossing is also the location of 18th century Fort Hunter and the Lower Castle Mohawk village. See artifacts from that portion of our history on display at the Visitor Center.

Stop into the Visitor Center to orient yourself to the site, check out the exhibit space and gift shop.

Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site offers educational outreach programs as well as an on-site school field trips and special events.

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 140 Fort Hunter, NY 12069

Hours of Operation

  • Grounds open dawn to dusk, year-round, weather permitting.
  • Visitor Center: During 2017 the Visitor Center exhibits are being renovated.  We will be offering additional interpretive programs and tours during this time. 

    For more information, please contact or (518) 829-7516.

    Wednesdays-Saturdays, 10 am - 5 pm; Sundays 1 pm - 5 pm.
    Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

  • Site includes Schoharie Creek Aqueduct & Boat Launch, Putnam Canal Store, Yankee Hill Locks, as well as miles of towpath trails. See Trail Map for details. 

Fees & Rates

Most New York State Parks charge a vehicle use fee to enter the facility. Fees vary by location and season. A list of entry fees and other park use fees is available below. For fees not listed or to verify information, please contact the park directly.

The Empire Pass -- whether a card for $80 or a vehicle-affixed decal for $65 -- is your key to all-season enjoyment with unlimited day-use entry at most facilities operated by State Parks and the State Dept. of Environmental Conservation including forests, beaches, trails and more. Apply online or contact your favorite park for more information. Learn more about our Admission Programs including the Empire Pass.

  • Admission
  • There is no admission fee however some fees apply for special events, educational services, tours and the use of picnic areas.

    $3/person school groups
    $3/person for tours

    Please contact the site for outreach program rates.


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New! Download this park's digital map to your iOS Apple and Android device.

Our new exhibit will open in September of 2017 to mark the Bicentennial of the Erie Canal. This new exhibit will highlight major themes associated with the history of the canal and illustrate them with interesting artifacts. A major focal point will be a scale model of the Schoharie Creek Aqueduct and Lock 30, along with the Browns Cash Store that once stood along the canal here in Fort Hunter, NY. This exhibit will delve into the geology, social and economic impacts, political motivations, and engineering of the nationally significant and historic waterway we know as the Erie Canal. With its rich history, the canal continues to play a critical role in the lives of all New Yorkers and Americans.

Ongoing permanent exhibit: Little Short of Madness – the Story of the Erie Canal
Thomas Jefferson, like many others, thought the idea of a canal across New York was a “little short of madness.”  But with determination the state and thousands of hard working individuals created what Jesse Hawley summed up as “…the longest canal, in the least time, with the least experience, with the least amount of money, of the greatest public utility in the world.”

The exhibit also features 3D video imaging of the Schoharie Creek Aqueduct remains.

Come explore the exhibit and discover the marvels of New York’s earliest engineering feats. 

In The Wake
Although it has been long known that the physical location of the 18th century Fort Hunter existed here within the space of the Visitor Center grounds, it took the flooding caused by Hurricane Irene in 2011 to give the first real look at its footprints. Two new panels are now installed at the visitor center featuring information on the flood, the damage, recovery and archeological finds. Artifacts from the excavation of a Fort Hunter Blockhouse that was revealed when flood waters removed the asphalt from the parking lot are now on display.


Tue 07 Nov
Catch the Tunes
Tuesday, November 7, 2017 06:30 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Music during the early part of the 19th century was not only entertainment but also connected people and communities. All along the turnpikes and canals of New York, music reflected the culture, political, social movements and a changing world view in light of new innovations. Take a listen to history, and Catch the Tunes with Liaisons Plaisantes.

Tue 14 Nov
The Marquis on the Mohawk: Lafayette's Three Journeys to the Mohawk Valley
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 06:30 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Columnist, Author, and Bookstore Owner, Dan Weaver will explore the famous Marquis de Lafayette & his different journey's through the Mohawk Valley during the Revolution and early American Republic. The Marquis is well known as the young French aristocrat who ventured to America during its fight for independence, serving as an aide to General Washington and carrying the spirit of 1776 back to France; but his journeys through the valley help paint a more dynamic portrait of the man.

Tue 21 Nov
Agitate! Agitate! Collect!: Artifacts of Women’s Dissent
Tuesday, November 21, 2017 06:30 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Ashley Hopkins-Benton, a Senior Historian and Curator of Social History at the New York State Museum to present on "Votes for Women: Celebrating New York's Suffrage Centennial." She will speak on how the State Museum will commemorate the 100th anniversary of New York State women winning the right to vote as well as how curators have been exploring artifacts from collections around the state for their exhibit. At the same time, they have been actively collecting materials from the 2017 Women's March. Learn about the process of researching artifacts for the exhibition, collecting from the Women's march, and the parallels between the older and new materials.

Tue 28 Nov
The Taste of Transport: Commercialism, Industry and 19th-Century Foodways
Tuesday, November 28, 2017 06:30 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

The mid-nineteenth century is marked by great advances in transport; both in rail and over water. Engineering feats such as the Erie Canal transformed the land, but also the daily lives of people of the era. Join Amanda Massie, Curator for the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation's Bureau of Historic Sites and Valerie Balint, former curator at Olana State Historic Site, as they embark on a culinary journey that links technology to food tastes and availability. Learn how exotic foods such as pineapple and avocado found their way into 19th-century cookbooks, and how the ability to serve them on Japanese imported plates became within the reach of middle class homes throughout the United States. Discover the math and science behind shopping, cooking and dining in this period. Through an illustrated lecture, period reproductions and a tasting, Ms. Massie and Ms. Balint will tickle your taste buds.

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Amenities, Activities & Information

  • Amenities
  • Bridle Path
  • Costumed Interpreters
  • Educational Services (Accessible)
  • Gift Shop (Accessible)
  • Interpretive Signs (Accessible)
  • Museum/Visitors Center (Accessible)
  • Scenic Views (Accessible)
  • Self Guided Tours (Accessible)
    • Activities
    • Biking
    • Group Tours (Accessible)
    • Guided Tours (Accessible)
    • Hiking (Accessible)
    • Picnic Area (Accessible)
    • X-Country Skiing