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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

Schoharie Crossing's Visitor Center and Museum on Schoharie Street is open for the season! The hours will be Wednesday through Saturday 10:00am to 5:00pm and Sunday's 1:00pm to 5:00pm.

Yankee Hill

Our lovely Yankee Hill Lock Picnic Area is open from sunrise to sunset daily at 550 Queen Anne Rd, Amsterdam, NY 12010.

Aqueduct Boat Launch

The Aqueduct Boat Launch area is open from sunrise to sunset daily at the end of Hartley Lane, Town of Glen, off NYS Route 5-South. Come see the stabilization of the Schoharie Creek Aqueduct while recreating at this historic site.


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's Museum and Visitor Center at 129 Schoharie Street, Fort Hunter, NY is closed for the season; however, group visits can still be arranged by calling 518-829-7516 or emailing: SchoharieCrossing@parks.ny.gov. Guided tours are available by advance reservation only and are $3 per adult, $2 per senior or student, 12 and under are free with paying adult or senior.
    • The Schoharie Creek Aqueduct Boat Launch and the Yankee Hill dock are also closed for the season.
    • The Schoharie Creek Aqueduct Picnic Area and Yankee Hill Lock picnic area as well as all our grounds are open from sunrise to sunset daily. Permits are required for gatherings of more than 20 persons.
    • Interpretive signs throughout the grounds of Schoharie Crossing provide information on the various canal features and pre-canal history of the site.
    • We will be open select days in the off season. Please follow us on Facebook for updates.

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 museum exhibit, "Pathway to Empire: How the Erie Canal Helped Build America" helps 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 exhibit you can also view panels on the pre-canal history of the site. This portion of our museum highlights the Mohawk Village known as Tiononderoge and the Haudenosaunee people who occupied these lands for generations before the American Revolution. The panels also explore 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 Yankee Hill Lock is the Putman Canal Store. The building is undergoing a restoration assessment and will be closed to the general public for 2023. We expect restoration work to happen in 2024.The grounds of Yankee Hill remain open at this time.

Sat 20 Apr
Clean Up at the Confluence
Saturday, April 20, 2024 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
Join us for the 2024 Canal Clean Sweep! Here and all along the Canalway, folks are getting out to clean up along the waterway! Show your excitement this spring by helping us clean up along the confluence! Where the Schoharie meets the Mohawk, let's clean up the trash, debris, junk, stuff, litter, and more along the creek and riverbank near the Aqueduct Boat Launch and also the Fort Hunter Community Park. We'll meet at the Visitor Center/Museum to sign in, hand out supplies, then give a quick introduction and instructions before deploying to those locations. All the trash will be placed for the NYS Canal Corp to pick up. To Register, click HERE for the link. We strongly suggest you wear sturdy water-resistant boots, hefty work gloves and clothes for the weather.
Sun 28 Apr
Cinema Sunday Matinee – 1935 Film
Sunday, April 28, 2024 02:00 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
Join us as we screen a classic 1935 film for our Cinema Sunday Matinee series. We know you'll be Fond-a this flick, sharing the schmaltzy story of love along the Erie Canal. The movie runs 90 minutes and there will be time before and after for some questions or commentary about the film with its local connections through history and leading man. This is a free event, however donations to the Friends of Schoharie Crossing are graciously accepted. Popcorn and beverages will be available. Meet at Enders House, Schoharie Street.
Wed 01 May
Visitor Center & Museum Opening Day 2024
Wednesday, May 1, 2024 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
The Visitor Center and Museum at Schoharie Crossing opens for the 2024 Visitor Season! Come explore this historic site and our Pathway to Empire Exhibit. We'll be open at the VC this season: Wednesday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm. Sunday's 1pm to 5pm. The site grounds are open from sunrise to sunset every day of the year. Meet at Visitor Center, Schoharie Street.
Sat 04 May
I Love My Park Day 2024
Saturday, May 4, 2024 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
Join us to show your love during the 2024 I Love My Park Day! at Schoharie Crossing! Across New York State People are showing their love of Parks & Historic Sites by volunteering their time to work on special projects, trail work, gardening, and more! We're lining up some flower planting and other gardening tasks to help spruce up near the Visitor Center. * Contact SchoharieCrossing@parks.ny.gov for registration information.* We strongly suggest you wear sturdy water-resistant footwear, bring work gloves and dress for the weather. Volunteer registration opens early April, sign up at: https://www.ptny.org/events/i-love-my-park-day.
Thu 06 Jun
Putman Porch Music
Thursday, June 6, 2024 06:30 PM - 08:00 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
Join us for another great year of Putman Porch Music at Yankee Hill Lock! We welcome musicians and listeners to Yankee Hill Lock for this canawler experience!  An Americana Folk and Roots Music style jam session on the porch of the old Putman Canal Store happens each Thursday in June. Come play some fiddle, guitar, banjo, sing, or whatever instrument you may bring, to this lively time along the historic Erie Canal! Meet at Yankee Hill Lock, Queen Anne Rd.

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Amenities Information

  • Amenities
  • Biking
  • Equestrian Trails
  • Gift Shop (Accessible)
  • Hiking (Accessible)
  • Picnic Area (Accessible)
  • Snowshoeing/X-Country Skiing
  • Tours (Accessible) * Museum Accessible
  • Visitor Center (Accessible) * There are accessible restrooms available when open.