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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

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Visitor Center

The Visitor Center is open Wednesday-Saturday 10am-4pm and Sundays 1pm-4pm

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 Putnam 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.

Pavilion Information
Schoharie Crossing has three event tents (approximately 20'x 20') available. Prices range from $50 to $75 and can accommodate up to 25 people. Please check availability and request special use permit information by contacting the site before reserving on ReserveAmerica.com.

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

Hours of Operation

  • Schoharie Crossing Grounds are open from Sunrise to Sunset.

    The Visitor Center is open Wednesday-Saturday 10am-4pm and Sundays 1pm-4pm

    During the off-season the Visitor Center is open by reservation only. 

    Regular open hours are scheduled to resume on Sunday, May 1st, 2022

  • Tours and Exhibit at Schoharie Crossing

    Guided tours of the site grounds will be given by advance reservation only on Wednesdays through Saturdays from 10am to 3pm Call the Site at (518) 829-7516 during normal business hours or email SchoharieCrossing@parks.ny.gov to schedule. Tours are $3 per person.

    Museum exhibit requires no tour.

    Interpretive signs throughout the grounds of Schoharie Crossing provide information on the various canal features and pre-canal history of the site. 

    All social distancing guidelines should be practiced by visitors while at Schoharie Crossing.

Fees & Rates

Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site does not charge a vehicle fee

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 per person for guided tours (available by reservation)
    Contact the site for Student Group rates and options. Outreach program rates and topics are available by request."

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" helps us mark the Bicentennial Celebrations of the Erie Canal. This 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.

Featured on the east end of the historic site at the Putman Canal Store - Yankee Hill Lock, there is an exhibit on canal commerce along the waterway. Coming soon there will be a display monitor by USGS providing information on the stream gauging of the Schoharie Creek and Mohawk River.

Tue 24 May
Lock, Stock, & Navigation – the Western Inland Lock Navigation Company w/ Kathryn Shoop (Friends Meeting Program)
Tuesday, May 24, 2022 06:30 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
Enders House, Discover the efforts made by the Western Inland Lock Navigation Company, a private stock enterprise, to improve transportation in New York State. Kathryn will explore the people, the places, and plan that was to revolutionize the movement of good across New York, leading to the creation of the Erie Canal. The presentation will be preceded by a brief Friends of Schoharie Crossing meeting. The Friends of Schoharie Crossing are a 501c3 non-profit support organization. They provide resources, advocacy, and support toward the mission of Schoharie Crossing in preservation, education, and recreation.
Fri 03 Jun
World Bicycle Day – Cycle & Cone Ride
Friday, June 3, 2022 06:00 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site

Yankee Hill and Empire State Trail

Register by Clicking Here Join Katy for a bike ride from the historic Yankee Hill Lock on Queen Anne Road to Karen's for Ice Cream. This 6-mile round trip ride will stop at Karen's Produce and Ice Cream for a BYO* Cone before heading back to the lock. The peddle will be along the Empire State Trail, along a portion of the 750-mile bike trail network. Please note: This is a family friendly ride but open to everyone. There are road crossings. Safety equipment such as helmets are required. We're asking for registration so we can plan for the number of people involved. Thank you! *Buy Your Own

Sat 04 Jun
National Trails Day
Saturday, June 4, 2022 09:00 AM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
Site Grounds, Get up close to the remains of the Erie Canal Aqueduct by paddling the Schoharie Creek and/or walk the historic towpaths with ECOS – the Environmental Clearinghouse. We'll have more details to come. Please reach out to SchoharieCrossing@parks.ny.gov for more information.
Sat 18 Jun
International Picnic Day – History Picnic at Empire Lock
Saturday, June 18, 2022 11:30 AM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
Celebrate International Picnic Day at Schoharie Crossing! We'll host a short walk from our Visitor Center to Empire Lock where we can enjoy a BYO Picnic together. * A great way to spend the day before Father's Day! Discover some beauty among the towpath trail and historic Erie Canal features while creating memories with family and loved ones. We'll have a Picnic Basket Shuttle, transporting your lunch and keeping it safe from Yogi. *BYO Picnic - Bring Your Own food/blanket/beverages.
Tue 28 Jun
Puddles with Anita Sanchez (Friends Meeting Program)
Tuesday, June 28, 2022 06:30 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
Enders House, There's nothing shallow about a puddle! Puddles are homes, bathtubs, and drinking fountains for wildlife. They also provide a key ingredient for many animal homes: mud! This hands-on program will introduce young naturalists to the animals that use puddles as a habitat. We'll meet some puddle-loving creatures, including snails, and have some close-up experience with mud.

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Amenities Information

  • Amenities
  • Biking
  • Equestrian Trails
  • Gift Shop (Accessible)
  • Hiking (Accessible)
  • Picnic Area (Accessible)
  • Snowshoeing/X-Country Skiing
  • Tours (Accessible)
  • Visitor Center (Accessible)