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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.

2018 Geocache Challenge: Passports available at park and site offices too. 2018 Geocache Challenge is on from May 26th – November 11th. Find a Learn to Geocache Program at your favorite park and get started!

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.

 

Sun 19 Aug
Not Just for Kids Storytelling
Sunday, August 19, 2018
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Join us for another terrific year of Not Just for Kids Storytelling at the Schoharie Crossing Visitor Center.

7/29 Corinne Stavish, All in the Family: Three generations of journeys and guilt trips

8/05 Jennifer Munro, Cast of Characters: Ordinary Stories about Extraordinary Moments

8/12 Andy Offutt Irwin, Love and Armadillo Migration, An octogenarian love story with armadillos, honey bees, some world-class whistling.

8/19 Claire Nolan, Stories from my Backyard and Beyond: Adventure begins at Home

8/26 Anne Shimojima, Sakura Tales: Magic, humor, and wisdom in stories from Japan

9/09 Nancy Marie Payne, Ruslan and Ludmila: Alexander Pushkin's saga of majesty, magic and mayhem, Oh, My!

Made possible with the support of: Saratoga Arts Community Arts Grants are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts w/ the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Wed 22 Aug
Wildlife Wednesday - Bugs w/ George Steele
Wednesday, August 22, 2018 06:30 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Join educator George Steele for a family-friendly evening to collect and identify insects. We'll use sweep nets along the edge of the fields near the river and discover who's who in the insect world.Come explore the wonders of nature at Schoharie Crossing. Our Wildlife Wednesday program covers a range of topics – from aquatic life to birds to plants and environmental awareness. These programs are facilitated by Environmental Educators George Steele and Anita Sanchez as well as NYS Parks Naturalist Interns Kim and Keri. More details to come.

Sun 26 Aug
Not Just for Kids Storytelling
Sunday, August 26, 2018
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Join us for another terrific year of Not Just for Kids Storytelling at the Schoharie Crossing Visitor Center.

7/29 Corinne Stavish, All in the Family: Three generations of journeys and guilt trips

8/05 Jennifer Munro, Cast of Characters: Ordinary Stories about Extraordinary Moments

8/12 Andy Offutt Irwin, Love and Armadillo Migration, An octogenarian love story with armadillos, honey bees, some world-class whistling.

8/19 Claire Nolan, Stories from my Backyard and Beyond: Adventure begins at Home

8/26 Anne Shimojima, Sakura Tales: Magic, humor, and wisdom in stories from Japan

9/09 Nancy Marie Payne, Ruslan and Ludmila: Alexander Pushkin's saga of majesty, magic and mayhem, Oh, My!

Made possible with the support of: Saratoga Arts Community Arts Grants are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts w/ the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Tue 28 Aug
The Teeth of the Lion: The Story of the Beloved and Despised Dandelion w/ Anita Sanchez & Friends Meeting
Tuesday, August 28, 2018 06:30 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

In the Enders House- The Teeth of the Lion: The Story of the Beloved and Despised Dandelion

Join us as we welcome author Anita Sanchez who will share some stories, lore, and recipes involving dandelions. Once a highly esteemed medicine and a popular garden plant, it's only recently that dandelions have lost their popularity. We'll try dandelion tea and collect some specimens of dandelions and other common medicinal plants.

There will be a brief Friends Group meeting prior to the presentation. This is a FREE event open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Sun 02 Sep
Not Just for Kids Storytelling
Sunday, September 2, 2018
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Join us for another terrific year of Not Just for Kids Storytelling at the Schoharie Crossing Visitor Center.

7/29 Corinne Stavish, All in the Family: Three generations of journeys and guilt trips

8/05 Jennifer Munro, Cast of Characters: Ordinary Stories about Extraordinary Moments

8/12 Andy Offutt Irwin, Love and Armadillo Migration, An octogenarian love story with armadillos, honey bees, some world-class whistling.

8/19 Claire Nolan, Stories from my Backyard and Beyond: Adventure begins at Home

8/26 Anne Shimojima, Sakura Tales: Magic, humor, and wisdom in stories from Japan

9/09 Nancy Marie Payne, Ruslan and Ludmila: Alexander Pushkin's saga of majesty, magic and mayhem, Oh, My!

Made possible with the support of: Saratoga Arts Community Arts Grants are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts w/ the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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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