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Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site

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

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: 

    May 2-Oct 31
    Wednesdays-Saturdays, 10 am - 5 pm; Sundays 1 pm - 5 pm.
    Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
  • Site includes Schoharie Creek Aqueduct & Boat Launch, Putman 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 easy-to-use Empire Pass card is $80- and 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. Purchase 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.

Maps

Digital Maps

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

Our new exhibit, "Pathway to Empire: How the Erie Canal Helped Build America" will be open in 2018 and helps us mark the Bicentennial of the Erie Canal. This new exhibit highlights the major themes associated with the history of the canal and illustrates them with interesting artifacts and interactive displays. A major focal point of the exhibit is 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. By using artifacts and primary documents, this exhibit delves 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 to this day.

Inside of our Visitor Center you can also view panels on the pre-canal history of the site. This portion of our exhibit highlights the Mohawk Village as well as the British Colonial fort that once existed along the banks of the Schoharie Creek. Witness artifacts that were excavated onsite that help tell the story of this era of New York and American History.

In partnership with the United States Geological Survey, there are panels that illustrate the historic water conditions of the Schoharie Creek and Mohawk River. This exhibit demonstrates the immense power of water and the destructive nature of flooding in the valleys.

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.

 

Sat 21 Apr
Canal Clean Sweep
Saturday, April 21, 2018 08:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

At the Visitor Center

All along the canal people are coming out, working together and cleaning up along the way! Getting this terrific area a fresh cleaning for the beginning of the 2018 season!

This is a wonderful volunteer opportunity to come out and lend a hand at Schoharie Crossing. Lunch will be provided to those volunteers who wish to stay until noon to help out.

Please bring work gloves, wear proper hard soled footwear for walking the grounds. Personal hand tools such as rakes, trash grabbers, etc. are welcome – please put your name on it so it isn't misplaced.

Register through Parks & Trails New York here: http://ptny.org/events/canal-clean-sweep

Registration: Required
Tue 24 Apr
The Historic Erie Canal and Where to Find It w/ Ken Silber & Friends Meeting
Tuesday, April 24, 2018 06:30 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Kenneth Silber, author of In DeWitt's Footsteps: Seeing History on the Erie Canal, will talk and show slides about exploring Erie Canal historic sites including remnants of the original Clinton's Ditch.There will be a brief Friends Group meeting to discuss upcoming programs and plans for 2017 prior to the presentation. This is a FREE event open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Sat 05 May
I Love My Park Day
Saturday, May 5, 2018 08:00 AM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Register: https://ptny.wufoo.com/forms/zzs5hpu0r41tjb/

Come show your love for Schoharie Crossing and volunteer some time on site for I Love My Park Day! A great place to enjoy some recreation, nature and history!

We will be convening at the Visitor Center at 8:00 am and special projects are slated for the morning. Some of these will be at the Visitor Center, while others may be at other locations in the park such as Yankee Hill Lock. Please bring work gloves if you have them and dress for the weather.

A lunch will be provided for volunteers. Contact the site for more details.

"I Love My Park Day is an exciting statewide event, organized by Parks & Trails New York (PTNY) in partnership with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) and local Friends groups, to celebrate and enhance New York’s parks and historic sites and bring visibility to the entire park system and its needs.

New Yorkers love their parks, as demonstrated by the thousands of volunteers who are willing to help maintain the beauty of New York’s treasured state parks and historic sites. Friends groups and volunteers are more important than ever to keep parks beautiful, clean, and welcoming for all to visit and enjoy." - www.ptny.org

Registration: Required
Sat 19 May
Kids to Parks Day – Nature Walk
Saturday, May 19, 2018 11:00 AM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Spring is in the Air! Bring the kids or grandkids out to Schoharie Crossing for a nature program and exploration of the natural wonders of this rich historic site! We'll traverse the trail*, watching for birds and spotting wildflowers along the way!

After the walk, enjoy a picnic lunch at the site and create new memories that will last a lifetime.

We are excited to once again be part of National Park Trust's Kids to Parks Day! We will conduct a Nature Walk leaving the Visitor Center at 11am - *roundtrip approx. 90 minutes with interpretive staff.

Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site is partnered with the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor (yes! we have a National Parks Stamp too!)

Sat 26 May
Geocache Challenge Kick-off Event
Saturday, May 26, 2018 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Yankee Hill Lock

We are looking to kick off the 2018 Saratoga-Capital Geocache Challenge! For more on the Geocache Challenge or geocaching at NY State Parks & Historic Sites, please visit www.nysparks.com

 

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Amenities, Activities & Information

  • Amenities
  • Bridle Path
  • 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