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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.

Address
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 SchoharieCrossing@parks.ny.gov 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.

Maps

Digital Maps

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.

 

Thu 01 Jun
Putman Porch Music
Thursday, June 1, 2017 06:00 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Come join in the fun for the 3rd Annual Putman Porch Music series at Yankee Hill Lock! Each Thursday evening in June, local musicians are encouraged to informally gather to play American roots & folk music on the porch of this historic canal store at Yankee Hill Lock.

553 Queen Anne Road, Amsterdam NY

FREE

Sat 03 Jun
National Trails Day Kayak Expedition
Saturday, June 3, 2017 09:00 AM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Join us again in 2017 for a terrific National Trails Day event. ECOS: The Environmental Clearinghouse and the Friends of Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site have partnered for this event which will highlight the beauty and nature of the Schoharie Creek & Mohawk River.

Arrive by 9am at the Schoharie Crossing Boat-launch to embark on a wonderful tour of the Schoharie Creek and Mohawk River. A Friends member will provide historical context to the waterways and remaining features of the Erie Canal, Railroads and bridges. ECOS will educate on the environmental aspects of the waterways.

The expedition will venture along the creek and then into the Mohawk River & today's Erie Canal. More details to come! Check back for updates.

The expedition will launch from the Schoharie Crossing Boat Launch on Hartley Lane in the Town of Glen. Access the parking just off Rt. 5S across from Karen's Produce & Ice Cream

*Must have an approved floatation device in order to participate in this event. All Ages Welcome. A FREE event!

Thu 08 Jun
Putman Porch Music
Thursday, June 8, 2017 06:00 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Come join in the fun for the 3rd Annual Putman Porch Music series at Yankee Hill Lock! Each Thursday evening in June, local musicians are encouraged to informally gather to play American roots & folk music on the porch of this historic canal store at Yankee Hill Lock.

553 Queen Anne Road, Amsterdam NY

FREE

Thu 15 Jun
Putman Porch Music
Thursday, June 15, 2017 06:00 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Come join in the fun for the 3rd Annual Putman Porch Music series at Yankee Hill Lock! Each Thursday evening in June, local musicians are encouraged to informally gather to play American roots & folk music on the porch of this historic canal store at Yankee Hill Lock.

553 Queen Anne Road, Amsterdam NY

FREE

Sat 17 Jun
Path Through History Weekend
Saturday, June 17, 2017 until Sunday, June 18, 2017
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

All Weekend: Across New York State various cultural institutions, historic sites, museums and communities will celebrate their heritage!

We will be conducting a Scavenger Hunt for those interested in exploring the site and discovering all that it has to offer. Complete the hunt and be entered into a prize drawing. Contact the site for more information and pick up a copy of the scavenger hunt booklet.

On Saturday, June 17th there will be a History & Hearsay tour of the site starting at 3pm at the Visitor Center. The tour lasts approx. 90 minutes and proper footwear for walking on grassy trails is suggested.

"Path Through History Weekend is a showcase of New York State's rich and fascinating history and will feature hundreds of events happening at historic and cultural destinations throughout the state. You don't have to be a historian to appreciate New York State's rich heritage. New York's new Path Through History helps you discover, experience and appreciate the state's amazing past. A wealth of memorable experiences awaits you - from living history museums, to forts and military landmarks, to the homes of presidents, great writers and artists. With an unparalleled network of museums, historic sites and cultural institutions, Path Through History takes you across the state to discover events of the past and learn how they reverberate today. "

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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