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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.

Sat 30 Jul
Ride From the Southside
Saturday, July 30, 2022 05:00 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
Join Katy and take a Ride from the Southside! Go on an evening bike ride from the Mohawk Gateway Overlook Bridge to Schoharie Crossing along the Empire State Trail/Erie Canalway Trail and back to enjoy the free Saturday Night Concert at Riverlink Park (featuring Georgie Wonders). It is an approximate 10-mile round trip. A great way to add miles to your Canalway Challenge! Bring your bike along for this free group ride. Helmets are required.
Sun 31 Jul
Not Just for Kids Storytelling
Sunday, July 31, 2022 06:00 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
The 30th annual Not Just for Kids Storytelling series will feature wonderful tales shared by amazing performers on Sunday evenings in August. Come enjoy these stirring stories that illustrate how we are all connected as human beings. Eileen Egan Mack grew up in Ballston Lake, New York. She raised her family in the North Country and was an educator. Eileen had worked as a stringer for the local paper, was a TV weather reporter, and is voiceover talent for Mountain Lake PBS in Plattsburgh. She left her public school career to return to the Capital District to be close to her children and grandchildren. Whatever her role, as mother, teacher, grandmother, or writer, storytelling has been the cornerstone. Claire Nolan is an accomplished Storyteller who has performed throughout the Northeast. Through the Great Minds Series of the Schenectady Theater for Children, Claire also tells the stories of women whose lives have made an impact on the way we live today. She is a member of the Story Circle of the Capital District. This event is held rain or shine. Please bring a lawn chair or blanket (in case of rain, event moves inside with more limited seating)
Sun 07 Aug
Not Just for Kids Storytelling
Sunday, August 7, 2022 06:00 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
The 30th annual Not Just for Kids Storytelling series will feature wonderful tales shared by amazing performers on Sunday evenings in August. Come enjoy these stirring stories that illustrate how we are all connected as human beings. Lâle Davidson teaches fiction writing at SUNY Adirondack where she was recently promoted to Distinguished Professor. Her stories have appeared in The North American Review, Eclectica, and Gone Lawn among others. She was a finalist for the Franz Kafka Award issued by Doctor T.J. Eckleburgh Review as well as the Black Lawrence Chapbook Contest of 2015 and The Talking Writing Award for humorous writing advice. Her story "The Opal Maker" was named top fifty of 2015 very short fiction publications by Wigleaf. Her magical realist novel, The Ciphery was a finalist for the Heekin Group Foundation James Fellowship. She is a lifestyle blogger for The Times Union. Her story, "The Intensest Rendezvous" goes live with Fickle Muse on Nov. 29. For links to her stories and essays, visit Laledavidson.com. This event is held rain or shine. Please bring a lawn chair or blanket (in case of rain, event moves inside with more limited seating)
Sun 14 Aug
Not Just for Kids Storytelling
Sunday, August 14, 2022 06:00 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
The 30th annual Not Just for Kids Storytelling series will feature wonderful tales shared by amazing performers on Sunday evenings in August. Come enjoy these stirring stories that illustrate how we are all connected as human beings. Tim Van Egmond is a multi-talented storyteller, singer and musician. He transports audiences to the wellspring of wisdom, humor, and inspiration found in multicultural tales and folk music. His engaging warmth and dynamic performance will tickle your ribs. It will make your spine tingle. It will warm your heart in an uplifting experience of enjoyment and enchantment. This event is held rain or shine. Please bring a lawn chair or blanket (in case of rain, event moves inside with more limited seating)
Sun 21 Aug
Not Just for Kids Storytelling
Sunday, August 21, 2022 06:00 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
The 30th annual Not Just for Kids Storytelling series will feature wonderful tales shared by amazing performers on Sunday evenings in August. Come enjoy these stirring stories that illustrate how we are all connected as human beings. Perry Ground is a Turtle Clan member of the Onondaga Nation and has been telling stories for more than 25 years as a way of educating people about the culture, beliefs and history of the Haudenosaunee (sometimes known as Iroquois) Confederacy. Perry shares his stories in a very energetic, fun, and engaging style and makes the audience part of the story experience. Also an accomplished Educator, Perry has worked with students from Pre-K through college. The classroom programs that Perry offers are taught in the same engaging style and enhance each student's study of Native Peoples. Perry is available to visit schools, museums, libraries, festivals, and more to share stories and programs that will educate and entertain audiences of all ages. This event is held rain or shine. Please bring a lawn chair or blanket (in case of rain, event moves inside with more limited seating).

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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)